Daihatsu Rocky

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1992–1993 Daihatsu Feroza

The Daihatsu Rocky is a mini SUV that wis manufactured bi Japanese automaker Daihatsu between 1987 an 1998.

It is kent as the Daihatsu "Lovibond" Rocky in Japan, also kent as the Daihatsu Sportrak in UK an the Daihatsu Feroza in ither parts o Europe an Australia. In New Zealand, where 2nt hand vehicles ar aften imported frae Japan, the model can seen badged as either a Rocky, Feroza or Feroza II.

To avoid confusion, awners aften refer tae the models bi their factory model number F-300 or F-310. The F-310 variant, marketed as the MkII Sportrak or Feroza II featured a flared guards tae accommodate a wider track than the F-300.

Fitted with a Daihatsu 1600 cc DOHC or SOHC I4 DVVT (Daihatsu Variable Valve Timin engine, linked via a manual gearbox, propshaft an differential tae the front wheels an rear axle tae provide either fower wheel drive or twa wheel drive depending on the driver requirement. 2WD, 4WD Low an 4WD High ar selected uising a selector next tae the gear stick in the cabin.

The engine is generally kent tae hae performance difficulties attributed tae poor air induction which can be improved bi the removal o the air filtration system fitted bi Daihatsu an the application o a more free flowin air filter. Although this is na recommended for offroad uisers due tae water ingress tae the throttle body, a snorkel is usually fitted through the near-side wing, runnin up the passenger side front pillar.

The interior in some models includes a clock, inclinometer an voltmeter. Cabriolet models ar available, which ar kent tae leak aroond the seals leading tae a full soft-top renewal. The more regular version is a haurd top, but the roof section is removable frae the drivers headrest forward an the whole roof an rear window frae the drivers headrest back.

This leaves a rollcage tae protect the rear passengers an a bar frae offside tae nearside juist above the drivers head. All in all, the price is cheap compared tae ither convertibles or RWD/4WD caurs an SUVs on the road. Vehicle excise duty in the UK stands at £98 for sax months, an the Sportrak is an Insurance Group 10. Other caurs in this group include the Hyundai Coupe, which makes it a comparatively expensive caur tae insure in the UK.

General usage in urban areas will give 20-23 MPG. The chassis rails ar well kent tae trap rust an dirt as the drain holes become clogged, leavin the awner with lairge holes in the chassis which will fail the MOT test. For this reason alane numerous vehicles hae been consigned tae the scrapyard with relatively guid condition engines, gearboxes an bodywork, making uised parts easy tae find.