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Thinking About Buying a New Scooter... Avoid This One!

Sccooter Review. Avoid this one!

April, I purchased a brand new scooter, a Tao Tao. The dealer, who shall remain nameless and unremarkable to-date, swore it was a great scooter and that I would be very happy with it.

If being stranded on the road or having to walk it home on various occasions equals happy, then I am ecstatic. The dealer was happy, too. The first week it broke down, they came and picked up the scooter and left me to fend for myself. I'm just grateful I had bus fair. The dealer said, "It was a dirty sparkplug. Boy, was I happy.

It broke down again during the second wonderful month of ownership. I road it right into their shop because it kept dying on me at intersections and sputtering. My friend followed me in her car to make sure I got there with it. They replaced the engine, because somehow the engine was cracked. The dealer said, "All good now." It was good for about a month. Then it left me stranded again and for some reason, it never got picked up and no one from the dealer called me back. They do swear however, that they did come to get the scooter but that neither it nor I was home. I must have taken the scooter out for a walk or something at the time they showed up to collect it. I managed to get it started again and it broke down again. This time the kick start mangled to get it started but then the kick start fell off.

It began the sputtering again and continued having it's starting issues. I hooked it up to a trickle charger at night hoping maybe that would help. It seemed to make it a little better. You can imagine, by now, that I am beyond happy with my scooter. Until finally, in the fifth month, I got so happy with pushing it around that I finally pushed it up to a local Gulfport shop.

The scooter got a new carburetor, a new starter, a new break switch and is awaiting a new kick start, all out of my own pocket and all under 3,000 miles. The dealer I purchased it from, said they have only one record of the scooter being in their shop for a bad spark plug and won't fix it for free and won't admit to the scooter and this brand being a lemon and won't call it warrantee work.

Now into the sixth month, I would just like to say, I can't be happier or healthier due to all of the exercise I get pushing such a great, non-lemon scooter around. It's kind of like having an expensive accessory wherever I go. It's a good thing I like the unpredictable because I never know if it's going to start but no surprise there.

If you are shopping for scooters, do yourself a favor and stay away from the Tao Tao brand. They are the ones with the stickers that say V.I.P. and Future Champion. It's a good thing, too, that it has stickers, and otherwise, I might think I didn't get anything for my $800. While they are more affordable in the beginning, they are unreliable, undependable and no one wants to take responsibility for them. I called the manufacturer and they told me I had to go to the dealer and we know how that went.

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Joel April 17, 2014 at 09:28 PM
Carolyn, you might do well to join the scooter forum and get a wide variety of input and suggestions, try this forum; http://49ccscoot.proboards.com/ What I replaced or wrote about is part of the standard PDI (post delivery inspection) every one in the know about scooters does to their newly acquired scooter, there's threads, videos and pdf files explaining procedures, what to do, not do etc there for people new to scooters.
Scott Schmidt April 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM
I own a Tao Tao ATM 50-a1 the same model you are posting about mines a 2012, it does not have the decals. I've only had cold weather issues with mine, you probably bought a limon from a shop who says they did the work. I'm a big guy, well over the suggested weight for this model and it has not let me down yet, nor does it show any signs in the near future! Best of luck with your next moped.
Robert Baurys May 29, 2014 at 05:21 AM
The problem is misinformation. Chinese scooters are NOT for everyone, but that doesn't mean they are not for ANYONE. Doing the proper maintenance or upgrades (all cheap) on a Chinese scooter, you could get tens of thousands of miles for 1/10th the price of any other scooter, and 1/50th the price of a car. But you need knowledge and DIY capabilities. See this post for more information on this topic: https://www.scootermadness.com/blog/should-i-get-a-taotao-or-chinese-scooter/
Kelli farmer July 04, 2014 at 05:42 AM
I agree with the review, piece of crap! My bf and I each bought one brand new and they are both junk. Won't start, kickstand fell off one, plastics off another. I said screw it and bought a honda ruckus- should've done that in the first place but the price of the chinese scooter was so enticing.. In the end it costs you way more! Buyer beware!!!
David Hatch July 09, 2014 at 06:30 PM
I just purchased a Buddy International 50cc this morning after my 8 month old Taotao 50's ignition switch literally fell apart in my hands. I've also had the carburetor replaced, along with many other parts. Every time I hit a bump, I swear nuts and bolts are falling out. All the cheap plastic body panels have broken clips, so it rattles so loudly people turn and stare at it and look at me with pity. Now I just have to junk it. CRAPOLA! F-you Taotao.

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