1993 Lada Niva 1.6 petrol
If you don't like Ladas, just try one. I did
Nothing has gone wrong in this car for the little time I've had it. The only thing that doesn't work is the locks, which really doesn't matter because there is nothing worth stealing in it, however I do take the keys out of the ignition, which I think is in a very stupid place.
I love my Lada even thought people make fun of it, because of what it is, one of my friends said " why do you want a Lada, does it run on vodka?
My Niva is an awesome car, and there is no complaints, the seats are very comfortable, and it is great off road, which is the only reason I bought it. For being a 1993 it is pretty said that it is not fuel injected, however I'm glad it isn't, because it is easier to find out why it won't start. Pour some gas down the carb, and if it still doesn't go there is most likley a spark plug problem. The interior is nice for a Russian car, I really like the retro gagues.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th February, 2004
Nice review. If you`re having carbie problems, best to buy a Niva carburettor kit (about $70), and do a thorough overhaul. Your Niva will start first time, every time. Maybe the diaphragms have a split in them, or jets are clogged up, or float chamber level needs adjusting. The Solex carbie is usually very reliable.
If the ride, on road, is getting a bit "bouncy", it`s usually a sign that the upper and lower ball joints are worn and need replacing. Again, a relatively easy and inexpensive procedure. Plenty of parts.
As far as the occasional light-hearted jibes ["does it run on vodka"], ignore them. The REAL joke is on them- struggling to pay off their expensive $30-40,000 S.U.V.s which require intricate and expensive servicing. In addition, the Niva will eat most of them for breakfast!