Moskvitch 412 Review from Lithuania

1989 Moskvitch 412 1.5 carburetor (petrol)

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 carburetor (petrol) Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres

Summary:

Impossible to kill, impossible to drive

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

25th Jun 2005, 21:29

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.

4th Dec 2005, 22:56

They sound like a pretty intelligent bunch over there in Estonia.

19th May 2006, 06:52

Moscvich 412 is best Soviet auto.

13th Jul 2006, 05:19

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.

5th Oct 2006, 02:58

Moskvich driving Lithuanian? You sound pretty cool to me, whoever you are...

22nd Nov 2006, 12:20

I am from Estonia and yes, we have a special Moskvitch Rally League...It`s very fun, believe me, i`ve been there.

12th Aug 2008, 17:55

You can still spot some on Lithuanian roads. But most of them are killed by the rust.

18th Dec 2008, 03:39

My Moskvitch 412 saloon car withstood a severe side on collision to the driver’s door area extremely well. I walked away unscathed.

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review