Lada 2103 Review from Sweden

1980 Lada 2103 1300DL 1.3

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired47320 kilometres
Most recent distance92200 kilometres
Previous carLada 2103


The cheapest and most reliable transportation possible


Starting motor got stuck at 50000 kilometers. Possibly because this car was used for only 47000 kilometers the first 21 years. I replaced the clutch just after purchasing the car. This happened at a low mileage. The previous owner was an old man. Old men seem to wear clutches badly. I never replaced the clutch of my last Lada 2103 during the six years I owned it.

General Comments:

Using a 23 year old car as a daily driver might not seem to be a good idea. My car is just as reliable as any brand new car.

The comfort tells a lot about the roots of this car: Mid 1960's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2003

4th Oct 2003, 00:10

Good Car, I love this car, I have had a lada for a long time.

15th Jan 2006, 06:45

Are you high? This is possibly the worst car I've ever driven, looked at or heard of.

16th Jan 2006, 01:14

I doubt very much you`ve ever driven one. Since you don`t give any reason (s) to back up your snide remark about the Lada, I don`t accept your comment as having any substance, whatsoever. Comments like yours, are simply stupid.

29th Mar 2010, 18:26

My Dad has owned Lada Rivas for 30 yrs. He used to get jibes for driving a Russian car in the UK, as did I as a kid. But I firmly agree that this car is highly reliable, a solid workhorse and is east to maintain. It is also far more comfortable to ride in than many new cars on the road today, due to its heavy duty suspension and thick-gauge steel construction. The car is an old 1960's design, but so what? I think it is great!

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review