My Review of a 2011 TaoTao 49cc Scooter

by Dot Bailey

I purchased my TaoTao scooter 8/11 new from a dealer in Dallas, Tx. Purchased for my granddaughter to ride to and from college and work. Cheap price for a brand new scooter. Wrong.

She has had problems literally from Day 1. It is 3 months old with 750 miles. Scooter runs great... when it runs!

Many, many instances where it won't start. Never know when this is going to happen. She has been stranded numerous times. At first she could turn the carburetor adjustment screw some and it would start.

Now it leaks gasoline under the engine, and now the foam air cleaner is soaked with gas. I am afraid for her to start it now for fear of a spark & fire.

I have spoken with the dealer often. I'm sure he hates to see me walk into his store. We have done all maintenance at proper times. When it breaks down, all the dealer says is, "$100 to pick up scooter. I fix. Will run"

His pick up charges have been more than the scooter is worth. So to sum up my review of the TapTao50 is: I was a fool to purchase this scooter. Don't be fooled by a Chinese salesman like I was. In this scooter, even new isn't good.

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Aug 19, 2019
adjust the valves! NEW
by: Anonymous

sounds like you need to do a valve adjustment! there are several good videos on youtube. you likely have a qmb139 engine but its pretty similar for all gy6's that these things use.

Sep 21, 2012
Dumped? NEW
by: Anonymous

I bought the same scooter, but online. And i had the problem with the gas leaking out of the air filter too. But the reason mine started leaking is because I dumped it. I asked my mechanic why and he told me that when I dumped it the overflow on my carburetor got too full and the gas just kept flowing. Once I got it started again the gas quit because I burned off the overflow. But your problem to me sounds like you need a new carburetor. I haven't had problems with mine yet but I've got 2 other friends with the same scooter that have had to replace their carburetors that had the same problem. Aftermarket ones aren't expensive and are easy to swap. You can even find videos on youtube to show you how to swap them out. Mainly you pinch off the gaslines with clamps (which is a big no no but still) take off the old put on the new and reconnect your lines.

Apr 30, 2012
I have the same scooter. NEW
by: Bonnie&Clyde

You bought it from the same people I bet.
They wont help me one bit fix my scooters!
I bought 2 from them and spent so much money
on them and they are crap!
I get stranded all the time on them..

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