1995 Lada Samara 1500i 1.5 electronic injection


Keeps my bank account happy


The cooling water temperature gauge went mad, and I was told the injection on the car was overheating. The water temperature was perfect.

I replaced the timing belt as parts were falling off the belt (it was ten years old so I think that's no big deal).

New rear brakes were installed, although I think the old ones would have lasted another year. Parts are so very cheap for Ladas, so you never have to think about waiting until the last minute before replacing ageing parts.

General Comments:

Everything is very basic. The design is terrible, but it is a very comfortable little car and it has proved to be very reliable.

Before I bought the car, I was afraid Russian fuel injection might not be very reliable, but there are old style American GM efi parts used for the injection, so everything works. If there would be problems, there are forums for Chevy owners on the web that can help you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2007

1988 Lada Samara 1.5


Never mind what your neighbors say - try a Lada


When I bought this car the rear brakes were out of order. New linings and wheel cylinders needed to be fitted. There were some electrical functions that had stopped working. The silencer was rusty and needed to be replaced. After all I payed only 110 Euros. After I fixed these problems the Master cylinder has broken down (during a trip abroad) and one of the headlights stopped working. I had to relace a wire to get it lit again.

General Comments:

- Very comfortable.

- Very reliable.

- Poor design.

- Noisy transmission.

- Cheap indoor material.

- Zero oil consumption.

- So very economical.

- Excellent road holding.

- Very easy to repair.

- Sad electrical system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005