1971 Lada 2101 1200S from Russia
Old, Cheap, but VERY GOOD!
Problems with carburetor and many other that I'm planing to resolve next year!
Main problem is the corrosive floor under the right front seat.
Heather is noisy and difficult to close 100% in summer time.
The best car I've could buy for 250$
It's easy to repaire it by yourself.
Easy to find every needed part (in Russia)
Have a good performance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd July, 2004
I myself own a Lada 2101 from 1979.. And I can tell, that it's a very good car.. My favourite of russian cars.
The Fiats on which these Ladas were based weren't considered to be particularly good cars ... and that was in the mid 1960's.
The early Ladas were certainly based on Fiat design. However, to directly compare the two marques, is not strictly accurate. The Lada was manufactured in Russia, at the giant Togliatti plant, and the Fiat design was changed and adapted to cope with Russia`s unique environmental conditions, such as harsh terrain, climatic extremes etc. The result was a strong and extremely durable car which was able to cope most adequately with these conditions. As an example, compare the thickness of the steel panels in the bodywork of the two cars. The Lada`s panels are far thicker and more robust. The downside, however, is the extra weight in the car, and consequently, slower performance as compared to the Fiat.