2003 Lada Niva Review

2003 Lada Niva petrol from Croatia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres

Summary:

Amazing workhorse

Faults:

No major issues, however there are many smaller things on an almost daily basis.

Had a couple of batteries dry out. Can't remember to check if the headlights are on or off after leaving the car :-) (I'm used to a buzz on other vehicles I drive).

Driver's seat sliding mechanism needs a serious repair.

Brakes on the back wheels need adjusting; when I hit the brakes hard, the rear end drifts to the left side...

I see the body work will need small touches and attention on a yearly basis.

General Comments:

The car is absolutely amazing, if you want a workhorse with no luxury at all.

Consumption is a killer, and mine is gonna get an LPG installation very soon.

I have climbed up a 40% hill with 2 feet of snow... The Niva didn't even feel the difference...

The car is great for work, hauling (reduction gear works fine, even though the engine is relatively weak), muddy and snowy roads. My 2.5 year old kid just loves the "Jeep" and can't wait to get into it...

It smells of petrol all of the time, makes funny noises, has weak headlights, has cockpit knobs (lights, wipers, ventilation, heating) that you avoid using too often to avoid breaking them, but still... it's a car with a lots of character - can be amazing, just be sure what you need it for. I bought it to climb my hill in snowy months, to the parking lot with my "real" car, and to get to a field I have...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2013

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review