1995 Lada Samara 1500i 1.5 electronic injection from Sweden


Keeps my bank account happy


The cooling water temperature gauge went mad, and I was told the injection on the car was overheating. The water temperature was perfect.

I replaced the timing belt as parts were falling off the belt (it was ten years old so I think that's no big deal).

New rear brakes were installed, although I think the old ones would have lasted another year. Parts are so very cheap for Ladas, so you never have to think about waiting until the last minute before replacing ageing parts.

General Comments:

Everything is very basic. The design is terrible, but it is a very comfortable little car and it has proved to be very reliable.

Before I bought the car, I was afraid Russian fuel injection might not be very reliable, but there are old style American GM efi parts used for the injection, so everything works. If there would be problems, there are forums for Chevy owners on the web that can help you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2007

1995 Lada Samara S 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Good, if uninspiring, no-frills transport from A to B


Distributer went after two months - fixed under warranty.

Took it to Halfords to have cam belt changed, and it suddenly developed a nasty flat spot on acceleration. They couldn't fix it, so after much searching found a Lada dealer(!) They did a good job, and it's still running OK.

General Comments:

Starts first time. Fair MPG (average 25mpg).

BONUS - Eligible for lower rate road tax, as engine is just below the 1100cc limit (1099cc)!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th March, 2000