View Full Version : ATVs by TaoTao

04-25-2017, 01:13 AM
Not sure if these count as a buggy, but been looking at ATV's by TaoTao. They're mostly for pre-teens and teenagers. They have good reviews (https://myprorides.com/taotao-atv-reviews/) so I'm considering buying one. Anyone have any experience with them?

04-25-2017, 01:15 PM
I don't have any specific knowledge on the TaoTao products, but Chinese products seem to be following the same learning curve and quality control that we saw with Japanese products in the '60's and Korean products in the '80's. Cheap junk, followed by successively better products as fly-by-night operators are pushed out by competition and quality control improves. Remember when Hyundai first came to America? People were skeptical that a "Korean" car would be anything but junk. Today, Hyundai and Kia automobiles typically get better reviews than most of their competition.

You may recall that the market was flooded with Chinese buggys and ATV knock-offs a few years ago. It seemed that everyone was opening a shop and trying to sell them. They weren't all bad, but there were definitely quality control issues. Word-of-mouth killed off most of those products, with only a few of the better-quality products surviving.

If the reviews and feedback on the TaoTao have been good, then it's certainly worth a look. It may be a "Harbor Freight" situation where the ATV is "good enough" for what it's intended for: an inexpensive ATV for youth and young adults. Nothing fancy.

05-01-2017, 11:36 AM
like darwin noted, inexpensive choice compared to the major brands, viewed largely by the consumer as a "disposable" atv compared to the others. For the most part they use a gy-6 or cn/cf 250, or yamaha 300 knockoff style engine making engine parts plentiful and cheap. it's the odd suspension parts etc. that become difficult to find a few years down the road. Tao Tao is definitely one company that has emerged in the market holding a large part of the sales after the myriad of buggy manufacturers came and went thru the last 15 years.