This was my second car and as a student I could not afford to purchase anything expensive, giving me the choice of an ancient western car or a reasonably new Lada Riva. My previous car had been a 7 year olf Ford Escort that rusted away on me so I bought the Lada.
The car was quite roomy and had very comfortable seats. She was no racing car, but did the job and was cheap to insure for a 19 year old.
With the exception of the drivers seat which broke the car give me very little trouble. I was able to buy a seat from a scrap dealer which give no further trouble.
The slightly irritating connector for the rear lights was fixed with an elastic band.
All in all it was a good buy for someone on a tight budget. I owned another Riva after this which again give good service and a Samara which was very unreliable.
I regret that Lada is no longer available in the UK. Not that now that I am an earner I would buy another one, but it is a shame that people now no longer have a truly budget option into the world of motoring.