1980 Dacia 1300 L 1.3 from Romania




I didn't have many problems this months with this car. Usually, everything can go wrong on this kind of cars.

General Comments:

This is considered to be a good car for the Romanians roads. Wrong. No comfort, the car is noisy and you can expect to have problems all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2002

25th Jun 2003, 05:13

You expect to have a good car if you buy a Dacia with 200000 km?

Is "the best" you can buy at this amount (can't buy anything else with 4 wheals).

Even new, is a transportation method not a car in the real meaning of this word.

19th Aug 2003, 09:31

Hey guys, my dad owned a Dacia 1300 from 1981. it had over 200,000 km when we sold in 1998 and that car has never had too much trouble to give us. it was cheap to maintain since parts were cheap. so for a Romanian family that doesn't' have too much money a car like that is a blessing.

22nd Jul 2004, 02:01

Dacia 1300 L is the best romanian car ever. My dad bought it in 1981 and is still running good (it has 167000km). I own another 1310 Dacia, but I don't like driving it as much I like my dad's 1300L. That car drove me to kindergarden, school, highschool, college and now... to work!!! It never let me down. It's a very reliable car. In case of emergency I can fix it anywhere. The comfort is not brilliant, but that's one of things I like most. If anybody thinks that I don't have enought money to buy another one is wrong. I will never trade this car for another.

1973 Dacia 1300 1.3 Litre Inline-4 petrol from North America


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.

1986 Dacia 1300 1.3 petrol engine from Romania


An all-around good car!


I bought this car in 1986 as a brand

new model. It has never been in any serious mechanical trouble.

The paint job has been remade twice.

The engine is in very good shape taking

7 litres outside of town and 8.5 in the city.

General Comments:

Even trough it is not that fast and

glamorous I think it is one of the best east-European cars ever built

The good thing is that you can find spares anywhere.

The car is very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2002

8th Jun 2002, 08:21

The dacia is nothing more than a Renault 12 laid low by poor build quality. If you want a good one, search out a Renault original.

9th Jun 2002, 21:53

Your car was probably good because it was an EXPORT model. The cars that were sold on the romanian market were really really lousy.