1993 Lada Niva 4WD petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Very expensive in the long run


Head gasket, drive shafts, loose bolts everywhere, electrical - just about everything that can go wrong did.

General Comments:

The only good think is that Niva in an incredible off road vehicle. On it is just bad in every way.

At the time I could not afford Hilux so I bought cheap Niva which in the end has turned out to be more costly than hilux due to constant repairs. Apart from that It was a great fun 4WD which goes anywhere so I have some good memories, but would never buy one again.

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

Review Date: 5th December, 2003

26th Sep 2005, 09:39

Shame everything had to be so expensive. But then I suppose if I called out for a plumber every time a tap washer had to be changed in my kitchen or bathroom, I too would be complaining about the amount of money I was spending.

5th Dec 2005, 23:40

I think it`s interesting how certain "reviews" seem to have an agenda, which is to do nothing, but criticise a vehicle, with sweeping (and always) negative generalisations- but never anything specific. This appears to be one of them. The reviewer has probably never even driven a Niva! He claims literally EVERYTHING was wrong with the car- but doesn`t really tell us anything in any detail. He buys a 1993 model in 1993 with 70,000 miles on the clock? That`s strange. What is even stranger, is that in Australia, the odometer is calibrated in km. NOT miles!

If he IS genuine, (highly unlikely), then he`s a pretty hopeless owner, who obviously is devoid of even the most basic mechanical skills, and the BEST thing he did was to step out of the Niva, and pass it onto a more conscientious and caring owner. If he reads some of the other reviews, he might realise how many satisfied Niva owners there are out there- and at least their reviews are genuine.