Product Type: Lada cars
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Buy one at your peril
Member Name: tony-lewis
Date: 09/02/01, updated on 09/02/01 (171 review reads)
Advantages: Large carrying capacity
Disadvantages: Just about everything
Oh dear, oh dear...I once had a shiny red Lada Riva estate. Estate - that was the good bit. Being a gigging musician I could fit loads of stuff in the boot and everywhere else. I?m afraid, although it was really well maintained I just lost count of the number of times the AA had to be called either to get me started or to get me moving again.
When enough had become enough in late 1998, I thought OK Ill sell it and get about a grand. A grand for a k-reg car - no problem. It went for 300 pounds to a bloke with a flatbed truck who took it away to Jamaica of all places. This was because it could be mended out there by any Rasta with a spanner (and I quote!). It?s probably been converted to run on Rum as well.
It did actually have a little bit of grunt probably thanks to the 1.5 engine, but with no power steering you had to be fit to drive one. The gearbox was like stirring a bag of bricks and the electrics were constantly on the blink. Oh, but you can get them serviced at your local dealer can?t you? Where?s the nearest Lada garage to you then?
So there you go, cheap to buy, cheap to insure, huge maintenance bills and no reliability whatsoever. I still see them for sale occasionally in the free car magazines you get in supermarkets, for about a grand: Is that a flatbed truck I hear approaching?