1987 Lada Niva from North America
The best Hummer in the world!
My back seat retaining clip broke.
My ignition had to be replaced.
The left rear axle bearing needed replacement.
The steering box needed replacement.
The rear lights need constant attention.
Lots of other miscellaneous repairs.
I love my Lada Niva! I call it my Russian Hummer because it will go anywhere on any terrain. People like to laugh at the looks of it, but they don't laugh for long when you crawl through the trail their brand new F350 got stuck in!
It's got it's problems, I'll admit. The electrical is a real pain, and the steering box is a problem. But I really don't mind these things because you can fix almost anything on the Niva with a peice of string or some duct tape. I have never been stuck, nor have I ever broke down and not been able to get it home in an hour.
The one thing I do complain about is the fact that here in Canada it is hard to find parts for it. So if there is something that you can't fix with a weld (which is rare), the parts can be expensive. I get to be good friends with auto-wreckers then.
All in all though, the Niva is the best vehicle I have ever had, and no one can pay me enough to get rid of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th October, 2004
4th Oct 2005, 00:25
Just going to say, the steering boxes are only a problem when people fit non genuine wheels.
A lot of people say to fit Suzuki wheels etc., BIG mistake. Offsets are miles out, go through more wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends, and even smashing steering boxes. Also makes the Lada heavier to steer etc.
Only time they give problems is when people muck around by lifting them, or fitting gas shocks etc.
Parts are easily available www.ladaparts.com, or if in New Zealand, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope this helps.