1981 Trabant 601 Review

1981 Trabant 601 de-luxe 595cc two-stroke from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 595cc two-stroke Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired16500 kilometres
Most recent distance87670 kilometres
Previous carBond 875 MKII


Cheap, cheerful, reliable and robust


The nearside rear wheel came loose whilst towing and fell off, but this did very little damage.

One of the cylinder head gaskets blew which took about 10 minutes to repair.

The inside of the front nearside door started to show signs of rust after 20 years.

General Comments:

This is the most fun car I have ever owned, it is easily repairable if it does go wrong.

The Trabant is capable of towing a small caravan which is ideal for me as I don't like camping at rallies.

The fuel consumption is excellent and does not, contrary to popular belief, pollute as much as was reported by the motoring press in 1989 when Trabants first came to the attention of westerners.

Spare parts for this car are very cheap and easily obtainable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review