1986 Lada Riva Reviews

1986 Lada Riva 1200 1.2 from Russia

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance49500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Brilliant

Faults:

Heater won't turn off so windows have to be open whenever its warm. fuse board needs occasional taking apart and putting back together otherwise things stop working.

General Comments:

Lovely. we call her bessie which seems to fit.full of character. the children were horrified when she came home, but now shes part of the family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2006

1986 Lada Riva L 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Cheap work horse for the seriously under funded!

Faults:

Alternator required minor work.

Drivers seat broke (back would not stay in place)

Water collected in head light.

Wiring connection to rear lights tended to come off.

General Comments:

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.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

1986 Lada Riva 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

Tongue in cheek fun for peanuts

Faults:

Carburettor idle diaphragm split, took ages to diagnose.

Clutch went (at least it went slowly)

Front wings rusted right through.

Floor rusted through, due to design fault - the chassis outriggers fill with mud.

Clutch hydraulic system needed complete replacement.

Heater water valve jammed on "cold"

Heater fan made a tremendously bad noise.

Famous flat spot.

General Comments:

A good fun car, if you are a fast driver a slow car like this means you can have fun and stay alive. However, you have to up-rate the suspension first.

Very cheap parts, through specialist mail order. Almost everything can be fixed by the side of the road.

Almost becoming a classic (with plenty of irony). Mine is lowered, resprayed, bumpers removed etc. I get some looks (!)

It is a reliable car, all the faults above are normal for a 16 year old car, it will do 70 on the motorway, and is roomy enough for a small family.

An acquired taste for people who don't take them selves too seriously.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2002

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews