1986 Lada Niva 1600 RHD 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Did its job better than the Landrover Series III I had before


Grease in front hub bearings went hard.

Carburetter failed and was replaced by a Weber, which was not a straightforward job.

Rust appeared on rear of front outer wings.

Sills rusted.

New rubber doughnut coupling required between 5F1R gearbox and transfer box.

Starter motor solenoid became intermittent.

General Comments:

Very good mechanically.

Tailgate design very poor: inadequate aperture, and too low when raised.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2002

24th May 2002, 08:20

The tailgate opening height can be improved by fitting different struts. I took the struts from mine to a strut-rebuilding company who found a match that extended more. It now opens to a good height without banging my head - and I am 6 feet tall.

4th Oct 2005, 00:10

You can still get parts for them OK.

www.ladaparts.com / andrew@ladaparts.com


These guys are brilliant, and send all over the place...

Hope this helps.