Lada 1600 Review from Bosnia and Herzegovina

1978 Lada 1600 VAZ 2106 1.6 ccm

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission 1.6 ccm Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired142 kilometres
Most recent distance78300 kilometres
Previous carSkoda 1000


Russians are blessed because they still can buy this model!


- Due to corrosion, right wing was replaced after 8 years.

- The clock was not accurate.

- Once, after 6 years, the car could not start.

- The benzine slightly smells inside the car.

General Comments:

We used a LADA 1600 for 14 years, passed 78000 km, until it was destroyed in the war. It survived cold winters and hot summers without a garage. The car has a lot of baggage and passenger space. Our Lada never failed on the road. The instrument table is much better than the instrument table of any Mercedes of that time.

Generally: LADA 1600 was the best car I had, better than previous my Skoda 1000MB and later VW Golf II.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

22nd Apr 2004, 11:29

I have LADA 2106 82' now. Its brilliant car that I ever had. I like it very much. I did some changes on it. Only with my own hands I reconstructed engine. Now its powerful car, sometimes I drive to drag race, of course my car isn't best there, but I can show sometimes. 2106 from zero to 100 km/h tooks only 7 seconds. I don't want another car!

23rd Aug 2006, 03:03

The man said he tuned the engine. With tuned engine it's no problem to reach 0-100 for 7 sec. I am from Bulgaria and here we have very much tuned ladas. Many of them are faster then Porches and Ferraris. The car is great!

22nd Feb 2010, 08:40

Hi, I have Lada 2106, and it's been in my possession since 1978, and I can tell you from my previous testing, that it can drive 160 km/h. Of course you must take care of the car, so I think that I am proud to have my Lada :D.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review