1993 Lada 2105 21053 1.5 carburettor from Bulgaria


My next car will be a newer 21053!


When I bought the car it had no 4th gear!

It had brake problems!

The sheet iron was very rusty!

General Comments:

The car has poor comfort, but it's perfectly suitable for any kind of improvements (tuning)! The engine is the simpliest engine in the world! Originally it has 72hp, but 100hp can be easily achieved!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2005

21st Nov 2005, 20:24

I agree, the Lada engine is simple and uncomplicated in design, and lends itself to easy modification. To achieve 100 H.P. is certainly not unrealistic, and the original clutch can easily handle the increased power. The previous, somewhat dim-witted commentator, reveals by his frivolous attempt at sarcasm, that he has no understanding of automotive technology whatsoever. Enjoy your Lada- they are a good, honest and reliable car.

25th Dec 2005, 14:47

Lada 1600 rally and road racing engines developed around 160-170 hp. They were also used on "Estonia" formula cars with even more power. So, it's not a bad engine at all.

1994 Lada 2105 1500s 1.5kat from Finland


Good car for what it does.


Needed new carburettor as previous owner had tightened screws too tigh and stripped the grooving.

Clip broke on automatic choke spilling fluid out in traffic. Clip was installed by previous owner as well.

Had to adjust front wheel direction, as previous owner had neglected.

Had to replace leaky cooling pipe.

Had to replace windshield wiper motor as turned wipers on when frozen to windshield.

Rust free when got it, now has a few small spots.

Door handles break and get loose on one end.

General Comments:

A Zhiguli in very good condition. Good simple transportation for roads where speeds do not exceed 100km/h.

No good for freeway driving though.

Good in snow and ice and rough roads.

Very rugged, cheap and easy to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2005

1989 Lada 2105 1200 1.2L petrol from Greece


Low-budget motoring with lots of character!


The distributor was replaced at 110.000km due to a faulty condenser.

Brake master cylinder was replaced at 112.000km.

The front suspension bushes were replaced at 106.000km with cheap imitation parts. They had to be replaced again at 112.000km, so this time genuine Lada bushes were installed.

The engine burns a lot of oil, so it probably needs to be rebuilt with new piston rings...

General Comments:

The interior is spacious, and the build quality is average. My '89 model has better seats and soundproofing than earlier models, so it's more comfortable.

The handling is perfect if you are familiar with rear-wheel-drive, but the brakes are barely adequate for fast driving.

The engine is torquey, but 62HP are not enough for the 1000kg+ car. The gearbox may have close ratios, but the car is rather slow.

The car is very robust and reliable.

All the repairs needed were either due to normal wear or due to my aggressive driving style.

The repairs cost is very cheap, cheaper than any other car I've ever owned. The petrol consumption ranges from 8-12l/100km, depending on your driving style...

In general, it is a very honest car, very cheap to run, reliable, with good handling and decent comfort...

It's not a modern car (the original design goes back to 1964), of course, but it's perfect if you seek a low-budget means of transport with lots of character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2003

11th Dec 2003, 06:22

After taking my car to the local Lada dealer, I replaced the valve stem seals and the car has stopped consuming oil!!!

They told me that Lada engines start consuming oil after 200.000km and are generally bulletproof!!! Amazing, for such a cheap car!

Therefore, I'm even happier with my car now :-)

1986 Lada 2105 S ( S) 1.2 petrol (gasoline) from Greece


The starter motor failed in the summer of 2002. After a visit to a specialist, I was told that it seemed the starter motor had never been serviced before, so that was no serious failure for a car of such mileage.

The car's lights had developed a "flashing" habit. A specialist advised me to replace the fuse box the car originally came with with the one the most up to date cars are being equipped directly from the factory. I followed his advice and the problem vanished.

The 1.2 liter engine of the car tends to malfunction and even goes off sometimes in traffic, because of the high temperatures reached in the engine bay. Sometimes you can observe the coolant temperature gauge move to the right, quite close to the red area. I have been advised that istalling an electrically operated fan will keep the temperature in the engine bay lower, and this problem will not be so intense. As I figured this problem is caused because the density of air in high temperatures is significantly low, so the air available for intake contains less oxygen than the quantity the engine requires, so this, combined of course with the high temperature the engine operates under heavy traffic makes the problem much worse. So in order to deal with traffic the car needs to be fitted with a cold air intake of some kind.

The windscreen wipers tend to malfunction or even completely fail to operate from time to time, and I have not figured or heard of a solution till today.

The cloth upholstery on the rear seat's back had deteriorated due to sunlight expos ion for so many years, and finally was torn recently. The seats also need re stuffing with fresh sponge-like material.

The car's dash has also some cracks caused again by sunlight expos ion, but all these are minor problems regarding the car's age!

The car suffered a braking system failure due to some mechanic's wrong ideas about rebuilding the rear brakes six to ten months ago, but fortunately there was some brake fluid left to stop the car when I discovered it.

General Comments:

This car was originally owned by my parents, from the date of purchase in 1986, till the spring of 2002, when they gave it to me. The car had regular maintenance, according to the instructions given by the factory. As a result it has been generally reliable and quite safe, even in comparison with any modern small family car.

The car's suspension is its strongest point, as far as my opinion is concerned, since it is very forgiving for a rear wheel drive car that carries the technology they used in cars some twenty years ago, while it is still surely fun to drive when you drive it enthusiastically.

Its engine is also quite strong for its age, and compared to other cars of its age and class, such as the Golf 1.4, can keep the car moving relatively fast.

All those mentioned above make it such a good car, but noone could overlook comfort matters when thinking of this car. Its seats are the most uncomfortable ones I have ever heard of and surely make it clear to all the passengers that their journey is going to have many stops for a rest. Maybe when the car was new they were less uncomfortable in comparison to the ones fitted in other cars of its class.

In my opinion the lack of a revolutions counter as a standard was not a crime back in 1986, but certainly including one as part of the standard equipment would not make this car so much more expensive to buy!

I believe most people underestimate this car for no obvious reason. It just treats its driver the same way he treats the car. Respect it and it will pay you back in its own, unique way. Neglect it, and it will soon become a car to dread! But this won't happen any sooner than a Mercedes or a Volvo of this age would start letting down its driver, and that's for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th August, 2003

25th Aug 2003, 07:51

I would like to add some small points about the Lada 2105.

First of all, we should not put the Lada 2105 in comparison with the Golf 1.4, because as all of us know, German technology is extremely higher than the Russian technology, and also the manufacturing of a car is mainly dependent on the average income of a citizen, and the application that the car will be used for.

So we can say that the Lada 2105 is suitable for those people who work in jobs with hard conditions and ugly roads, and people who use cars as a method of transportation, and are not looking for high comfort and stuff like that. This type of people is spread in poor countries.