1982 Trabant 601 Review

1982 Trabant 601 S 0.6 from Romania

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres


A very reliable, cheap and easy to maintain car


I changed three engines until now. It seems to have a problem with the engine breaking from time to time. However, a second-hand engine is quite cheap in Romania, so it is not a problem to change it every year.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable. It always starts and except changing the engines, I haven't had any other problem with it.

The seats are uncomfortable and I wouldn't recommend it for driving out of town. If you drive more than 300 km, you may consider using another car.

The speed is not very high, but enough to use the car in the town limits.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2001

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