1990 Lada Niva
Brilliant - a highly capable 4-wheel drive
Steering stalk assembly replaced.
Clutch plate replaced twice.
Three complete sets of tyres.
Heater failed after two years.
Windows didn't wind up and down well.
Check your seat mounts often if you travel over a lot of rough terrain.
In mud with the original Russian tyres they are unbeatable, especially with the diff lock engaged.
You need broader and lower tyre pressure for work on sand.
Engine is quick and responsive, need to use revs when working the car hard.
Body is strong and durable... don't be frightened to go where more expensive units cringe at tackling the terrain, the Niva will come through unmarked.
Maximum speed is about 120 k/ph and she'll just about do it in all conditions and here lies the Niva's one and only fault. The car travels so well on poor tracks it doesn't convey the condition of the road to the driver. Its all wheel drives gives instant corrective stability.
Cabin is a bit sparse, but it is after all a four wheel drive and designed for that purpose.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2007