Wartburg 353 Review from Finland

1968 Wartburg 353 Limosine 1.0 Litre 2-stroke engine

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.0 Litre 2-stroke engine Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres


Very special car


Several exchange of cylinder head gasket. One motor bearings had broken. And of course lot of other normally exchange of parts.

General Comments:

Old construction with a frame under, but with separate wheel suspensions.

2-stroke oil has to be mixture to the tank.

Was 30% cheaper to buy compared other cars.

Consuming gasoline as a Volvo.

You are sitting in a chair, not on the floor as in other cars.

The ONLY CAR that starts in winter at -35°C (-31°F) without any electrical motor heater!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2010

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review