Lada Riva Review from Croatia

1989 Lada Riva 1300 1.3 double carburettor

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 double carburettor Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres
Previous carLada Riva


An old, but great car -- very cheap


Gasoline pump leaked oil, I changed it myself. I used the one from my other Lada (for parts). The cost? Only time.

The cooler is leaking, but I'm too lazy to change it.

I made a service repair - changed the oil, oil filter, air filter, gasoline filter - me and a friend - total cost was under 50€.

And also a mechanic changed the belts and re-calibrated the valves, and fixed a little problem with front brakes. It cost around 80-90€.

My e-mail is walbandon(at) and I'm from Croatia.

General Comments:

The car is great, its only weak point is fuel consumption, around 10-13l per 100km, but I solved that by installing LPG - natural gas.

It is very strong, reliable, comfortable, spacious, not so fast, but I can say strong enough to pull or push another car sideways :)

I'm very pleased with the car, and I'm planning to pimp it a little; new paint, work on the engine or replace it with a stronger one.

I already installed a music system in it.

I love this car, I'm 19.5 years old, and I've driven Ladas for 1.5 years now, but my father has never had another make of car, he has owned around 6 Ladas from 1985. So practically I grew up in Ladas :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2006

1st Feb 2007, 15:05

Yes I know what it's like growing up in Ladas. My folks had a couple and they gave one to me to drive. I love em.

I had a 1600 and it was quite good. I used to put the front against something and smoke out the tires (I was 14!)

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review