Yes, that’s the rhythm of most Cuban cars. Reason for this is because most of the cars are from before 1959 (year of Cuban revolution). After that year no more cars where imported into Cuba. So you can imagine going to Cuban and seeing the oldest or cars that now days would be featured as antiques in America.
Even though they are old and most of them break down easily, the Cuban population has found a way to keep them looking good and functioning most of the time. Whenever one of their parts breaks down they just replace that part with another one that they make. This is one of the reasons why Cuban’s can be great mechanics, ironic huh?
On my last visit to Cuba, my family and I had to take a Taxi cab from the airport. I remember that just to turn on the car it took effort. When that was done rolling out of the airport was at a slow pace. About a block or two later at a stop light the car seemed to shut off by itself and the man just started to crank it back up. He was apparently very used to it because there were no worries coming from him. After that the whole ride was at a good normal pace. Looking out the car window you can see that most Cubans don’t have cars and prefer to walk. While those that have horses use that, but that’s mainly in the country side of Cuba.
The year I visited Cuba, the bus system had changed. Before that there where what they call “Camellos” which translated to English means Camel. Yes, the bus did actually look like a Camel, a large, yellow, Camel, with two humps! Well these Camels where replaced by normal looking busses imported from China. I have no knowledge on how this transfer was done and how long it took but they sure looked nice! I never got the change to ride one though, we walked.