1989 Lada Samara GLX 1.5
Very reliable car
We had the car after standing for 3 years.
We had to replace fuel hoses, front wings and 1 offside brake caliper.
After having the car on the road or a year we have had to replace the rear silencer, offside rear wheel sylinder, near side drive shaft gaiter and both offside wheel bearings due to wear and tear.
We also replaced the tailgate struts.
After receiving the car I realised I did not take to the disgusting brown colour of the interior. I replaced this with a gray interior from a donor car, and have since recovered the door panels with a blue fleece material.
The car is very solid and the acceleration is quite good, but does not compare with a modern car, but overall speed is good.
The suspension is rather hard, but therefore does not role on corners.
Steering is rather heavy at low speeds i.e. parking.
(Power steering would have been nice)
After respraying black with a silver coach line and fitting fog and driving lamps it looks rather smart.
I'm proud to be seen in my Samara.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2005