Taotao Retro Sicily 50cc Scooter Review

by Bill
(St. Petersburg, FL, USA)

The Taotao Sicily is a nice looking retro-style scooter and is a cheap way to get into the game. My wife and I bought two of them a few weeks ago just to shuffle around the local roads.

The Taotao runs fine -- when it runs. One of ours seems to be habitually plagued with one problem or another. In the first two weeks, it was in for repair three times for the same issue (not able to start and stalling at lights).

It turns out it was a faulty ignition coil. Then once that was fixed, the belt broke (something that should never happen on a brand new scooter), so back to the shop again where it is as I write this.

The other scooter hasn't had any problems (knock wood) and starts up and runs just fine. Ultimately, I'd say we bought a cherry and a lemon with one entirely reliable, and the other one not-so-much.

The lemon aside, the scooter is a good price for the value (assuming that the majority of them operate as they should), keeping in mind the old maxim that you get what you pay for.

We've received very good service from the dealer where we purchased them (all under warranty thus far), but it remains to be seen whether they can iron out all of the bugs on the faulty machine.

In speaking to other people I know with Taotao scooters, they haven't had any problems, so I guess I'm just the lucky one with the rolling citrus....

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Oct 02, 2015
I bought the 150 Roman NEW
by: Charles

I love mine and it has been trouble free. Get the chinese oil out of it asap. Mine will run 55 plus with no problems. I love it.

Feb 08, 2012
by: steve-clearwater, fl

Where did you buy the scooters? I am looking now for a scooter. How fast are they?

May 11, 2011
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Thanks for sharing that review, Bill. I'm glad at least one of your new scoots is working well. Hopefully, you'll get the other one's problems worked out soon.

Much fun to you,

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