1983 Lada 2106 1.6/4


A cheap car without high build quality and does not last long


Gearbox needed replacement at 48,754 miles.

Brakes became very weak at 45,000miles.

Radiator failed on me at 68,000 miles.

Heater broke down in 1991.

Screen wipers replaced at 69,000 miles.

Rust began to attack my car in 1991.

My head gasket blew in 1989.

New headlights at 80,000 miles.

New indicator lights at 85,000 miles.

Fuel gage stopped working in 1992.

Suspension unit failed in 1993.

Oil leaks in 1993.

General Comments:

This car is slow and I suggest it is not taken on the motorway as it struggles to go any faster than 75 mph.

The interior is fairly comfortable, but it is gloomy and the comfort is ruined by the poorly made suspension units which makes the ride jollity.

This car can be unreliable, but can be very cheap to fix if you go to scrap-yards to get parts. Also you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.

It does not drink too much fuel helping to make up for all the shortcommings this car has.

The handling of this car is rubbish there is lot's of body roll and it is likely to tip over at high speed.

Steer clear of this brand made after 1992 as they struggle to pass smoke tests and the catalyst filter may be expensive to replace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd October, 2003

5th Nov 2003, 15:31

The purpose of the car is taken out of context.

It is slow, but it's only a small engine in relative terms pulling a very heavy (read solid) body.

Yes it has body roll, it is after all a very capable four wheel drive. To be good at it's intended purpose you need compliant suspension to give good wheel articulation over rough terrain.

Horses for courses as the saying goes.