Trabant 601 Review from Germany

1989 Trabant 601 S 0.6

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance11000 kilometres

Summary:

A real character car

Faults:

Exhaust blown - easily welded.

Rear fog light had to be fitted for the British MOT.

"Problem" with the windscreen washer pump handle from the inside - leaking - still to be rectified.

General Comments:

Consider we are really lucky to have one.

Superb condition, think we may get another one and keep this one under wraps.

Really good fun.

Brought it back from Bavaria just a few weeks ago, the man at Customs wanted it!!

Don't knock them until you have actually got one - they are really brilliant.

We are looking for a Tramp if anyone can help.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd November, 2000

29th Jul 2002, 10:26

This may be a totally daft question - but what are the bodies on Trabants made from? I'm sure someone once said they were made of a sort of cardboard laminate?

30th Nov 2002, 06:25

They are amde from Duraolast which is a plastic resisn related to Formica and Bakalite and it is reinforced with cotton fabric.

23rd Mar 2003, 10:20

The Trabant is an amazing car! On a recent trip to Berlin there were still a significant number of them going around, and that's West Berlin as well as East! People may be buying new cars such as Volkswagen, but most of them actually keep their Trabi knowing it'll be a collectors item in years to come!

Long live the Trabant!

2nd Sep 2005, 07:59

Hello, in answer to you question for a Trabbi wagon.. might I suggest shocauto.com.

They sell Trabants.

26th May 2007, 07:52

I love trabants I like them because if something brakes down everybody can fix it.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review