• Mar 20, 2010
Stop the presses! While the rest of the world has been yanking its hair out over that little dustup at Toyota, some actual recall news has been slipping through the cracks. For example, did you know that 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavors are having salted road issues that lead to fuel leaks? Or that 2005 Honda Odysseys have bad liftgate struts? Tsk, tsk. However, all that pales in comparison to the following paragraph.

Turns out, that the check valve in the fuel vapor evaporative emissions control system of 1990-1992 Daihatsu Rockys might crack, causing fumes to fill the cabin. Gasoline fumes inside your Rocky's cabin are bad (think fire, explosions), especially if you smoke. Of course, if you own a convertible Rocky, this won't be too much of an issue. Still, might as well take advantage of this NHTSA recall at your local Daihatsu dealer. Wherever that might be.

Also, in case you've been worried sick about it, there are no recalls for the Toyota Starlet. Phew!

[Source: NHTSA | Image: Wikimedia Commons]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, if I had one of these, I'd be more concerned that I had one of these than with suffocation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how many are still running, and what dealership do you get it fixed at?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess them are called the sheds...
      • 4 Years Ago
      To quote a certain J. Phillips-

      Of the Daihatsu Rocky: “One of the few cars apparently capable of simultaneously summoning dive, squat, yaw, understeer, oversteer, a trade deficit, acid reflux, impotence, and a military coup in Ecuador.”

      Now we can add "suffocation" to that list.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The J Phillips Car and Driver piece is titled "My ears almost fell off" its a blast to read.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to add "inflammation" but acid reflux has that pretty much covered.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stuff like that is why C&D is the only print magazine I still read. Yates used to be entertaining too, before he got all curmudgeonly and subsequently canned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you ever want to pee yourself laughing, read J Phillips piece on driving a rented Equinox on the ice road. He decided at one point to do a 180 hand brake j stop, only to loose track after 14 complete revolutions. A snow bank is what eventually stopped him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just to add, J Phillips is Canadian. His sense of humour is also very Canadian.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Also, in case you've been worried sick about it, there are no recalls for the Toyota Starlet.".... YET! LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, you're not going to believe this, BUT I ACTUALLY OWN ONE OF THESE. My wife refused to drive with me in it because she says "it smells like exhaust."

      To whoever made the Cash for Clunkers comment, I wanted to trade it in, but the fuel economy is actually TOO GOOD and it doesn't qualify. I think it's rated at 20 mpg, however in my experience it actually has averaged 23mpg in the 2 years I've owned it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's awesome.

        In Australia, the Rocky is actually not an uncommon sight. I see one or two a day on city streets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey buddy, it's all good. I own a Chevy/Suzuki Tracker bought new for the same reason. They are a relatively simple vehicle to own. No ABS, Stability controls, Traction control, rain sensing wipers, Homelink, Onstar, HUD, rear disc brakes, I could keep going. There's a lot to be said for simple vehicles, like money in our pockets saved from not having to repair all these systems. In the seven years of ownership I have put $30.00 of unscheduled maintenance into the Tracker. It still has the original pads and brake shoes. I wouldn't trade my Tracker for a more sophisticated winter vehicle.

        Heck I only just retired my 1989 Tercel this year. If that little car didn't start, it was a failure of only three things, no air, no spark, no gas.
        I have a 2007 Altima 3.5SE 6 sp manual for my summer car and the wife has a Jaguar XJS 2+2 convertible 4.0L, just in case you though I had no money or class.
        I just bought my wife a 2005 Suzuki XL-7 limited for the very same reasons of durability, reliability, ease of maintenance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Phew ... I thought this would fall on Toyota again but they only gained a controlling interest in the company in 1999!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some quick points:

      1. Is it even possible that some of these cars are still on the road? I wouldn't think that any of the "buy-here, pay-here" bad credit lots would even carry these on their lots.

      2. Since Daihatsu is controlled by Toyota, it now seems that Toyota's bad luck threatens to reach way into the 1990's. These guys just can't seem to get a break.

      First Toyota, then Lexus, and now (old) Daihatsu's. If Scion and Hino get nailed next, then Toyota is indeed cursed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      people drive this car? I have never even seen it on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen about as many of these things in my whole life, as I've seen new Mitsubishi's in the past year.

        So, around five I'm guessing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel an ABC report coming on
      • 4 Years Ago
      The mfr is only required to do recall work for free for a period of 10 years after the recall is issued.

      Volvo fixed a 1975 245 under recall in 2002. Because they COULD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't this thing already recalled by ca$h for clunkers?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a Yugo in the early 90s. Mine never had a problem, other than it was a Yugo. I finally had to get rid of it because I couldn't get a speedo cable and it wouldn't pass inspection without one.

      Must've been the one GOOD Yugo there was :D
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