1994 Lada Samara 1.5 from North America
You get what you pay for
Brake calipers and pistons (back and front) seized several times.
Clutch burnt out.
All locks including hatchback lock seized.
All doors (despite oiling hinges) seized.
Rocker panels and floor rusted through.
Rear wheel articulation bolt to frame rusted through, rendering the car all but irrepairable.
Floor of trunk rusted through.
Carburetor barrel warped.
Constant trouble with idle speed.
Had to replace the entire exhaust system every two years.
Inferior quality control.
Extremely poor quality metal body. My '84 Toyota Van continues to be rust free, this Lada bought new in '94 has been rendered undrivable due to rust.
All interior parts are extremely cheap quality.
All interior fittings are loose and rattly.
Handles very heavily.
Poor gas mileage for the displacement.
Rust, rust and more rust.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd June, 2001
7th Aug 2001, 08:50
I am quite fussy with my Lada, and I have no rust at all. Granted, they are not the best built, but properly maintained they are a reliable car that does need more than the average amount of maintenance. Mechanically they are reliable too, as long as you perform the maintenance as soon as any problem arises. Maybe you should have washed your car after you bought it.
3rd Sep 2001, 13:23
I have the same car now. I paid 1800 for it and I have a lot of trouble with the cooling fan for the motor.
Also the master cylinder is now leaking, the pick up coil needed to be replaced and now the knob that controls the air flow in the car is broke.
I think I got burned when I bought that piece of crap, but there is no rust on the car, also the wiring of this car is really poor.
14th Sep 2001, 02:32
Yes, I agree that you should have washed the car after you had aquired it, take some advice, don't slag a car off just because you couldn't be bothered to maintain it!
31st Oct 2001, 20:04
Are you sure you bought a Lada Samara or did you just retrieve one from the sea?? I've had one since '91 and no rust at all!!! This car has 120000km and the only problem was some piece in the clutch, and Lada repaired it for me!!! The interior sucks :)
29th Mar 2004, 23:00
I have driven (a lot) 2 Ladas, property of my father. They feel good during the first 5000 km if you have not tried anything else. However they always feel better than a Moskvich. For a person who drove a regular car the Lada feels a little nonsense or a lawn mower. I have done 160 km/h in a Lada when I was very young and I did not care of my life enough. I was shocked that the same Lada would not do more than 120 km/h at 50000 km (30k miles). This might be a 60's technology, but the quality is back in the mid ages.