Dacia 1300 Review from North America

1973 Dacia 1300 1.3 Litre Inline-4 petrol

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Litre Inline-4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles


A great beater car that you can really rely on


I had to replace the Master Cylinder. It was making a weird thumping noise when I put the break on.

Not much else major has gone wrong.

I replaced the transmission because the overdrive (4th gear) blew out.

General Comments:

This is a great little car.

I bought it when I was still living in London. It was cheap, and I took it with me on my frequent business trips to Switzerland - it did very well on the mountains there.

However, the service here in the US is terrible.

I really enjoy it though. I would definitely get another one if I could find one that wasn't already trashed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2002

5th Aug 2002, 17:57

I'm glad that you liked this car and that you plan on buying another one. I'm a Romanian that now lives in U.S., and, from my experience, Dacia was the perfect car for the financial status of our country, even though it broke almost monthly. But, with the Romanian blood filling our veins, we put our hands and skills to work and repaired it ourselves. Anyways, since I'm getting all sentimental about Romania, I wanted to inform you that the Dacia manufacturing plant in Pitesti, Romania awaits you with arms wide open to buy a new car. Especially that they are planning on bringing out a new model, a high quality, low price Dacia, that's coming up in 2004. Believe me, Dacia's, if you know them well enough (how to repair them and maintain them) will, for sure, be a car that will live longer that yourself. I know/knew tons of people that had Dacias 15 years old or older.

And I have a question, (if you read please reply your own comment) how did you manage to bring it in US?

Anyways, my opinion is buy a Dacia, since Romania... well, needs your money.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review