1993 Lada Samara GL Flyte 1.5 from UK and Ireland
Fantastically cheap and easy to look after, but you might need to get your hands dirty!
Rear screen washer has never worked.
Fuel hoses around carburettor had perished, but easy to replace.
Carburettor worked loose, causing a variety of unusual problems (just tightened it up with a new gasket).
Can be troublesome to start 10-30 minutes after a run.
Good low-end torque and good acceleration.
Cruises well at 70mph @ 40-50mpg. Will reach over 95mph at a push, but you don't really want to be driving like that..
Mine looks brilliant with the stock 'Flyte' body kit on, otherwise they look a bit... ridiculous.
Tough engines (really tough!), strong Russian shocks, high ground clearance and tough steering/running gear make the car very durable.
Headlights and foglights so bright it feels like driving in the daytime when it's dark.
The Samara handles well, follows where you point it despite the high ground clearance.
Parts incredibly cheap. Ludicrously cheap. Excellent and thorough help available from other Lada owners online.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2004
17th Oct 2008, 03:46
The "crap" alloy wheels are not Lada`s fault. They would have been a local product, along with all the other add ons. The Samara (in standard factory guise), is an honest, reliable car. And it doesn`t over-heat like the boss`s Jaguar. Perhaps, he should have left the Lada badge on the Jag. That way, at least his car would have been viewed as reliable.