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