1989 Moskvitch 412 1.5 carburetor (petrol)
Impossible to kill, impossible to drive
Clutch replaced two times in 65 000 kilometers.
Lots of small problems starting with high voltage system, not working inside light, worn out glands in hydraulic brake system.
Hundreds of other nagging not so serious problems.
Comfort not found, but it doesn't mind the quality of the road or off-road :).
No electronics at all, so nothing can fail there :). Though its small things are not reliable, this car has a simple and unbreakable chassis. All repair work can be carried by yourself - everything is so simple. It feels that this car was created for transporting loads, but not people, and in that case this car can be quite good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th February, 2003
This is one funny car!
Did you know that in Estonia there is a special hobby-rally league with only Moscvitch cars? It is very popular and they (mosseliiga.ee) claim the idea behind it is that cars have:
* Non-existent reliability
* Non-predictable handling (at high speeds)
* Near-zero costs for participation
They also claim that the first and most effective tuning, one can do, is to fix factory faults.
They sound like a pretty intelligent bunch over there in Estonia.
Moscvich 412 is best Soviet auto.
Moskvitch is a part of history and there are no many left of them in this world, but anyway - if you wanna pimp up your Moskvitch ride, use 98 gasoline, take off the mufler and wear Nike sneakers.
Moskvich driving Lithuanian? You sound pretty cool to me, whoever you are...
I am from Estonia and yes, we have a special Moskvitch Rally League...It`s very fun, believe me, i`ve been there.
You can still spot some on Lithuanian roads. But most of them are killed by the rust.
My Moskvitch 412 saloon car withstood a severe side on collision to the driver’s door area extremely well. I walked away unscathed.