Lada 1600ES Review from UK and Ireland

1980 Lada 1600ES 1.6

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carLada Riva


A seriously trusty friend


Only minor faults:

Clock has never worked properly.

Radio is useless.

Clutch hydraulics packed up at 30000 miles.

Persistent rattle from the steering which has so far eluded all attempts to cure.

General Comments:

This is my third Lada. The first was a Samara and it was unreliable, uncomfortable and generally miserable.

My previous Riva Estate was probably one of the best cars I have ever owned: it covered around 126000 miles and, apart from a broken cam-belt (my own fault) and, eventually, terminal rust, it was virtually unburstable.

The 1600ES which I have owned for the past two years came with around 23000 miles on the clock and is absolutely reliable. With its bright red paintwork and brown vinyl roof I reckon it looks just a tiny bit cool too! What else can you find for £200 which is completely dependable?

If you can cope with the mind-bogglingly heavy steering and the mediocre fuel economy, there's nothing to touch them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review