1988 Trabant 601 Reviews

1988 Trabant 601 from UK and Ireland

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Wagon R+

Summary:

Erm..

Faults:

Alternator belt snapped and it threw one of the spark plugs out!... I just screwed another in, and was able to continue!

General Comments:

Always started, real head turner (probably due to huge plumes of smoke coming from the exhaust!).

Sad to see it go, will be buying another!

Average fuel economy, probably 30-40mpg, very dangerous filling up with fuel as tank is under bonnet and the engine is hot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2008

1988 Trabant 601 0.6 two stroke from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.6 two stroke Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carTrabant 601

Summary:

Don't mock until you've had one

Faults:

Brakes always failed the MOT.

Starter motor failed, fitted a new one.

Front and rear lights, earth problems, now fixed.

Door lock does not work.

Other car hit the passenger door, had to replace a panel and respray.

General Comments:

Nice little car for both town and long distance. Have always found it confortable.

Lots of room in the front, no room in the back!

Always starts, always gets people asking questions, always fun to drive and work on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2001

16th Nov 2010, 08:38

I've just put new brake shoes on all round, and the brakes are great.

1988 Trabant 601 S 0.6 two stroke from Romania

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.6 two stroke Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5 Supercinque GTD

Summary:

The new old brave car

Faults:

I had to change the engine once.

The brakes have to be pushed hard until they become active.

The steering is a hazardous part of living.

I have all my respect for the engineers who have worked on it.

General Comments:

The car is like an old horse which wants no more than a rest from time to time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2001

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews