All in all, a good value car for the price
The only major repair to date has been to replace the clutch... Although original brake pads and axle boots had to be replaced quite early due to being manufactured from inferior material.. Corrosion is mainly on the hatchback as well as rear wheel wells.. Rear window washer motor has failed a number of years ago.. Exhaust system also seems to wear out quite often.. Lots of squeaks and heater system not currently operational.
The Samara is NOT built for speed, but seems to have an amazing towing capacity.
Interior trim is all cheap Russian plastic that cracks in the sunlight.
Having a rear seat that folds down completely flat is very useful.
1960's technology make this car a very easy one to self-repair and mileage is quite good, about 400kms on a 40L fuel tank.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2003