Daihatsu’s American foray lasted just four short years, from 1988-1992. Roughly ten Daihatsu cars are still for sale – not bad, considering they probably didn’t sell many more than that in total.
Ok, that’s an exaggeration. Daihatsu apparently sold 50,000 cars over a four year span, with 200 retail outlets and a marketing pitch that hinged on “BMW-like quality” at rock bottom prices. Given that Daihatsu exited the US market some time before my 4th birthday, I have no idea whether any of this is true or not. B&B, please fill me in here.
What I do know is that you can buy a Daihatsu Rocky for about $4000. This example has just 106,000 miles on it, and is one of a now-extinct breed of three-door, BOF SUVs that aren’t made by Jeep. But wait – there’s more.
If you’re looking for something a bit more car-like, there are a number of three-cylinder Daihatsu Charades available, in varying states of crapiness. The lone sedan offering is looking a little oxidized, while this black hatch looks nice and clean, although the “salvage title” is a little scary. This white example promises 40 em pee gees, while this one sneaks in under the $500 LeMons threshold.
Thanks to Max (@2fast2finkel) for finding the Daihatsu Rocky