Kymco People 150 Motor Scooter Review

by Ellen Zaslaw
(New Smyrna Beach, FL)

My Kymco People 150cc scooter is a beautiful scooter and way enough fun to ride.

However, I already have a problem at 3,000 miles.

It was just in for its first maintenance, other than that very first 500 mile check after I bought it and rode it for a few weeks.

I'm riding along at about 45 mph and the thing just cuts out and comes to a coast. It is very difficult to get it started, but I could for about a week of this happening. I figured I'd gotten some bad gas.

I have since ruled that out because I've got another full tank in there now from a different gas station and I use a very good additive to cut the ethanol problem.

Now, a week after the problem started, which was a few days after the tune up, the scooter will not start at all. In all, the thing died on me about 20 times.

This last time, I had to walk my Kymco for miles to get it home and now I have to have it towed 25 miles to my dealer where it will, most likely, be hung up for another week.

I find this unacceptable for a brand new scooter that is very well maintained, plus I am the only one who rides it.

The jury will be out as to whether I should have bought a Vespa or something equivalent. When they fix this, IF they fix it, and it does not become a recurring nightmare, everyone will be able to sleep peacefully. Otherwise this dealership will wish to God that they'd never met me, because I will make their life and business a living hell. I don't do well with incompetence and BS. This should not be happening to a scooter with 3,000 miles.

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Nov 12, 2012
jim is prob right NEW

my experience with a number of scooters would lelad me to say jim is 100% most likely right...A valve adjustment most likely is the prob, if gas was bad u need to check inline filter as well as clean or buy another carburator and most likely will be readu to rumble

Oct 07, 2012
Vacuum problem NEW
by: Anonymous

You may have vacuum building up in your gas tank. Mine has had some trouble like yours in the morning when it is cool...My friend suggested that when this happens I should open the gas cap and listen for air being sucked into the tank....I did hear this meaning that fuel isnt getting to the carb. I just simply open the cap every morning, then ride as usual....runs like a f'ing panther!

May 13, 2011
nice scoot
by: Anonymous

I have a 2008 kymco people 150cc and it has 53000 kilometers without any big problems. Its a great durable scooter.

Mar 23, 2011
by: Jim Zeiser

A bad tank of gas doesn't go away with a refill of fresh gas. The gunk from bad gas will settle in your float bowl and clog your jets in a heartbeat. It takes a good carburetor cleaning to straighten it out sometimes or sometimes just a treatment of Seafoam or another system cleaner. Also you may have reached the time for a valve adjustment. I know of another Kymco People 150 in Pennsylvania that has over 20,000 trouble free miles. If you think Vespas are all trouble free I invite you to read and see all the joy $4500 can buy you for a 150cc scooter. Your Kymco will start to look pretty good after that.

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