1997 Lada Niva Bushman 1.7 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
The best S.U.V. in the world at the price
Front upper and lower ball joints showed wear and needed replacing.
Outer rubber boots on front wheels split and replaced.
Taillight bulbs checked as some were not working.
Steering was a little bit loose and was easily corrected by adjusting the relevant nut as indicated in the manual.
Soundproofing the transmission tunnel, inside, eliminates noise.
The Niva is, without doubt, the most honest and reliable four wheel drive vehicle in the small to medium class.
It will literally go anywhere, where others will bog down and fail.
Reliability is an outstanding feature of this Russian car. The strength and ruggedness it displays, is truly remarkable. The thickness of the metal body panels is almost twice that of any other car. The suspension is robust and designed for longevity.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2005
The Niva is certainly a strong and reliable off-roader and is ideally suited to Australian conditions. In Australia, the most popular car is the Holden, which is produced by General Motors. In Russia, General Motors combined with the giant Avto-Vaz Company, in a joint venture, to produce the new 'Chevy Niva'- which I believe has been a great success. I wonder whether G.M. has considered importing the new Niva to Australia under the G.M. banner and marketing it through its vast network of dealers? The Chevy Niva, I believe, would be a winner for G.M. here in Australia, as it would provide them with an excellent product to take on established rivals such as Suzuki Vitara, Toyota RAV-4, Kia Sportage etc. The Chevy Niva has a very modern design, and with the G.M. inspired 2 Litre fuel injected motor, the true four-wheel drive system, and the proven reliability of the vehicle, it will certainly shake up the market here in Australia! I, and many others, would love to see the new Niva out here in the not to distant future!