1981 Wartburg Knight 353W 1.0 2-stroke


A long lasting car with great performance


Brake master cylinder had to be replaced as well as the two rear brake cylinders. Had some problems replacing the master cylinder because it is very well hidden.

Windscreen washer pump replaced.

Water pump bearings replaced. After this the fuel consumption was reduced by 1-2 l/100km.

Clutch cable broke. Real easy job in minutes.

Bit of rust around the body.

Fuel tank had to be replaced after long storage.

Carburettor replaced with a Jikov type. Much better than the old one.

General Comments:

Great car with good accelerating ability.

Pretty comfortable in the inside.

Loads of storage place in the trunk. It is huge compared to new cars.

Fuel consumption is affordable.

This car lasts forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2004

28th Oct 2005, 04:05

I first saw a Wartburg (passing us out on the motorway!!!) while on holiday in Vienna a few years back. I didn't know what it was at first. I thought it was a Skoda, but I saw another like it later that week and found out what it really was. I liked the look of it and when I heard the sound of the engine I said to myself "Man I have to buy one of those." In Ireland, where I'm from, a handful of Wartburgs (so I'm told) were built from kits over here, but most were re-exported, and because Eastern European cars are taken as a joke in the West, very few are now left running. Which is a shame because I think they look great, I hear that they're great to drive and they must be very reliable because the engines only have 7 moving parts (3 pistons, 3 connecting rods, 1 crankshaft). Anyway all is not lost - once or twice I have seen Wartburgs advertised for sale (quite cheaply), so if one of these ads comes up when I get my driver's licence and the car is in good shape, I will more than likely go for it.