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.
New rubber doughnut coupling required between 5F1R gearbox and transfer box.
Starter motor solenoid became intermittent.
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
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.
You can still get parts for them OK.
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These guys are brilliant, and send all over the place...
Hope this helps.