I own a Lada 2101, 1200cc, 1981, it is a very strong car, comfortable and roominess, I drive it all days in Peru, on bad ways and I want to get another car like this one. I also have an Honda civic, 1987, but I do not feel as safe as I feel with the Lada (to change a tire, I can see the torsional deformation in Honda, with the Lada none). If I have to choose between many cars for a difficult trip, Lada is my choice.
Ladas are practical, honest and extremely durable. I have owned Ladas for many years, and have not experienced any major problems - they just go forever!
Just do what we do in america and swap in a chevy 350 v8 if you really want "to have a good performance"
Why not drop a small G.M. based V8 into the new Chevy Niva in Russia? Now that would be a fast 4X4! Russian vehicles tend to be somewhat underpowered - they confine themselves to small capacity 4 cylinder motors - perhaps they are more concerned about fuel economy than we are. Don`t know why though - when the Russian nation is the second highest oil producer in the world and has vast reserves in places like Siberia - many of which are yet untapped!
I also own Lada 2101 `75. It's great; what can I say?
The engine is great, it has great performance, but starting it for the first time is difficult. I don`t know what the problem is.
I had a little accident last week; it was raining and in the corner the car started to slide.
Anyway, it`s great car to drive.
Just to clarify on one of the comments. The Fiat 124, on which the Lada 2101 is based, was chosen Car of the Year in Europe when it first came out.
Hello everybody, I own a Lada 2101 model 1972, & it is really a strong car. I took it to many hard places, & it works good in very hard conditions. But the small problem is that it get so hot in traffic jams, maybe because it needs COLD weather, but I admire this car really, it is my friend.. I can feel it, I treat it as a friend hahaha.