1983 Talbot Samba LS 1.0L from UK and Ireland
A car which had a smile on its face
Clutch cable snapped.
Accelerator cable snapped.
Rear brake cylinders needed replacing twice in two years.
The Samba was a reliable, comfortable, fun and "different" car which I enjoyed owning. The gearbox wasn't brilliant (in my experience PSA gearboxes of the 1980s were generally horrid), requiring a bit of fishing about to find 4th if you tried to snatch the change from 3rd too quickly.
Driving was simple and fun, good visibility all-round and direct steering. I imagine the 1.3 engine would have made the car fairly sporty; as it was my 954cc engine was ideal for the car, and the fuel consumption was exceptionally low around town.
Despite being kept outdoors and run in all weathers near the English coast, the car still had no structural or surface rust when I traded it in, and I saw it running about town as late as 2002 so it was obviously one of the better-made ones, and the paintwork was beautifully done (unlike many other cars of the same era that I drove over the years), albeit in dark brown with orange "go faster" stripes down the sides...
The problem with the brake cylinders leaking was the only consistent thing that went wrong - it twice failed the MOT on it - no idea whether it was a regular fault for this platform or just bad luck with a poor batch of cylinders.
All in all, a lovely car which I have fond memories of.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th January, 2019