1988 Lada Riva Reviews

1988 Lada Riva from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carSkoda Estelle

Summary:

Cheap, cheerful run-about

Faults:

Not a great deal has gone wrong. But recently I've been told that my trusty lada needs a new sump gasket, rocker-box gasket and front timing cover gasket.

A lot of rust damage to the underside when I first bought him.

He doesn't like starting when it's been raining. (so I cover his engine up, it sounds stupid, but it works!)

The color he was. Beige!

General Comments:

The seats are really comfy, but I'd like some black vinyl ones, and a metallic black respray.

It has been up and down the country loads of times, and has never broken down on me, unlike my previous cars.

Overall, my car is great. It's not everyones' cup of tea, but it's cheap and very cheerful.

One thing I have learned is that you can't judge every car by the one you have now, all cars in the same range are different. So don't be put off by the fact you may have bought a lemon, you should learn from it, and research things better!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2003

1988 Lada Riva E 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86500 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carLada Riva

Summary:

A reliable load carrier with surprising performance

Faults:

Pneumatic strut on tailgate failed.

Fuel line clogged.

General Comments:

Driven properly, it could beat any BMW off the lights.

The car cornered well, once you got used to the body roll.

It was very comfortable, like sitting in a motorised sofa.

The hard springs and soft seats made rough tracks feel like motorways.

The car on the whole was quite basic, but that was the charm of the thing.

Boot space and load carrying ability was phenomenal, the car swallowing five people and enough gear for a Scout Camp easily. Fully loaded, it could carry nearly 3/4 of a tonne with no complaints.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

1988 Lada Riva SL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carLada Riva

Summary:

A very cheap reliable car

Faults:

Nothing really - just a wire came off the alternator and was fixed easily - that's it!

General Comments:

Good very reliable car, performance is crap, but that's to be expected. Fairly cheap to run and very cheap to purchase. I don't know why Lada's have their bad name - I've had 5 now and they've all been the same - RELIABLE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2000

3rd May 2001, 20:50

LADA is a very reliable car, generally and economical to operate. The Riva (2105) is the best of them so far. I have not yet experienced the 2110 and its variant. Only problem is rust. The Samara has a few minor problems that can be rectified.

Overall the cars are not very difficult to work on, but methods are different from other makes and you have to accept that and do it the Lada way. I would buy a Lada any day.

16th Jun 2001, 06:31

My parents had a Lada Riva 1500GLS about six years ago. It was the worst car we ever had.

Ladas are every bit as bad as the jokes.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews