The Lada Riva Story

My enduring image of the Lada Riva from the late 1980s is an old-fashioned car that people bought because it was cheap. With it being the butt of many jokes, it was about as exciting as Steve Davis. But this is like judging a film you’ve missed the start of, that’s in a foreign language. The Riva was the first car for many Soviets, and over a 40-year history sold more than Ford’s Model T. So just where did this car come from? And why was the USSR hawking it for all it was worth in the UK in the 1980s?
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  1. Big Car

    Big Car4 oy oldin

    Erratum: Smirnoff vodka is a western product, not Russian.

  2. it'sMe TheHerpes

    it'sMe TheHerpes7 kun oldin

    this video is the romanticizing a crappy car, who most people in the late 80's and 90's hated. you have no way of knowing this, but the models made for export were TOTALLY different from what was sold on the "socialist markets" of russia and eastern europe. the models that were made for domestic use were so basic and the materials used for the interior so cheap, that the models were a downgrade from the fiat 124 model.

  3. david thomas

    david thomas7 kun oldin

    @David Hollenshead 2/3 as long as a chevy ???, there are Lada riva and Zhiguli,s running around in Kharkov that are more than 40 years old and still have lots of life left in them . Those things are stroing like you would not believe

  4. Markku Pesonen

    Markku Pesonen15 kun oldin

    @soydechileyque Unfortunately, I have never visited Chile, You have very beautiful country too. I have visited South America only to Brazil. There, the obligatory alcohol was Cachaça. Sometimes I order it to my local alcohol shop because it is available only from storage in Helsinki and I live in Arctic Circle Rovaniemi. Unfortunately there is only Pitú Cachaça now in storage and it is like Diesel. I hope I'll get better Cachaça again someday. I don’t remember cocktails anymore because it’s been a while since I visited there in 2006 and 2009. The best beer I thought was Bohemia there. If I visit in Chile i will taste Terremoto En La Piojera for sure. If I want to make it here I think that fermented white wine will be difficult to find. Maybe normal Chilean wine will be OK to use?

  5. soydechileyque

    soydechileyque16 kun oldin


  6. soydechileyque

    soydechileyque16 kun oldin


  7. Richard Goffin-Lecar

    Richard Goffin-Lecar23 soat oldin

    I drove two Lada Rivas as taxis, back in the 1980s. Turn the key, and they started. MOT time, they usually passed, and if they didn't, they did not require much work. Great cars. Cheap and reliable. I wish they still sold them.

  8. Elysium

    Elysium2 kun oldin

    its just not true the 125 is based on the 1300 and 1500!

  9. MrRea112

    MrRea1123 kun oldin

    Compared to offerings from BL, the 124 was space age stuff

  10. ClockworkPotato

    ClockworkPotato3 kun oldin

    I see many Lada lovers here from old USSR. Well, we also had Lada living there and the quality of the car was very basic. It was easy to repair and most owners had to repair them themselves. We had a pile or replacement parts at home ready to be used. It was a part of the family, because a lot of attention was needed to keep that car running. The safety of the car like 0-star. Crash at 60 km/h was often fatal for all passengers. In early 90-th re-imported Ladas started to appear (mostly from Germany) and they had better quality than those, that were built for home market. After 160.000km and 8 years we have sold the car for 1500USD and it was just enough to purchase and import a very nice Volvo, which was of same age but light years ahead in comfort, safety and reliability. My verdict: the car was a real crap. It was no-competition, compared to other low price segment cars on the marked at that time, like Opel Kadet, Audi 80, VW Passat, Golf or even a 20-year old Mercedes. In Ex-USSR countries located closer to Europe (Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) they were quickly replaced by better, safer and nicier european cars. These old Ladas were sold mostly to buyers from Russia and disappeared there in it's vast territories.

  11. Cool Blue Ice

    Cool Blue Ice4 kun oldin

    Did anyone else roll back to 11:58 a few times, trying to get a better look at the young girl there? 😁 😆 😅 😂 🤣

  12. Herr Unsinn

    Herr Unsinn4 kun oldin

    5:03 It's great. You can see the hole in the middle of the front bumper for the engine hand-crank. That was actually a good idea. (The narrator goes on to comment on that at 5:26 .)

  13. Tom Howard

    Tom Howard4 kun oldin

    This car looks exactly like the 170 Datsun 510, I once owned.. Great car and very reliable. I suppose, it is true; 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery "

  14. pen friend

    pen friend5 kun oldin

    My cousin and i attempted to put a timing belt on , but apparently pistons and valves cant occupie the same space at the same time...did not end well!

  15. Manav Sharma

    Manav Sharma5 kun oldin

    The same car was also manufactured in India by the name of 118NE by Premier Automobiles. The original Fiat 124 engine was replaced by 1180 cc Nissan enngine and Nissan gearbox, so the car was named 118NE (Nissan Engine).

  16. craby man

    craby man5 kun oldin

    the only real reason why its still around, is because its cheap......its the cheapest car you can buy in Russia, period. So yea, poor people buy them, but then again they dont really have a choice

  17. #buzzofftoxic Blog

    #buzzofftoxic Blog8 kun oldin

    Happy memories of the Lada 😁👏 simple bit boring but good load carry strong thing. Thank you

  18. TheLemminkainen

    TheLemminkainen8 kun oldin

    Ziguli was many years top 1 in car sales here in Finland. Cheap reliable easy to maintain. It just needed new steering wheel and western tires :) With 1.2L OHC chaindrive engine it was real winter car too :) 7:47 picture is from Helsinki :)

  19. Alejandra y Alan Bowman

    Alejandra y Alan Bowman8 kun oldin

    I like them and She Who Must be Obeyed had a Polish Fiat (same car) when we got married and that was also a great car.

  20. South Ka Chandan

    South Ka Chandan8 kun oldin

    Was this Lada also made in India? I think there was a model called Premier 118NE which is quite similar to lada

  21. dav dave

    dav dave10 kun oldin

    I drove a Moskvitch van in the 1970 =- It was indestructible as we apprentices tried our best to destroy it. I've still got the extensive tool kit which I nicked.

  22. TechGuy YT

    TechGuy YT10 kun oldin

    My favorite car brand is Lada

  23. 69 is a great number

    69 is a great number2 kun oldin

    Expect in reliability and price, the old Lada "Zhigulis" and early Samaras sucked in every way possible.

  24. TechGuy YT

    TechGuy YT10 kun oldin

    I will buy a Lada when I learn to drive

  25. v v

    v v10 kun oldin

    Remember seeing them when foreigners visited Romania. As a kid I found them exo

  26. Kajpajepolavailable

    Kajpajepolavailable12 kun oldin

    Great Italian engineering from the 60s. When BMWs and Toyotas were made for the poor. After 124 and 125 did their job in the West, FIAT still managed to sell them to commies who could not make a proper car by themselves.

  27. rami elias kremesti

    rami elias kremesti12 kun oldin

    No diesel, no turbo, no BS... i love the Lada

  28. KrisRaps

    KrisRaps13 kun oldin

    This Car Is Called LADA Only For OUTSIDE OF USSR, Inside Everybody Called This Car A Žiguļi

  29. Richard K MuseVid-Metal RVREVO

    Richard K MuseVid-Metal RVREVO13 kun oldin

    Never seen a Lada taxi in the 40 plus years i lived in New Zealand.

  30. theatheobhv

    theatheobhv14 kun oldin

    Thanks you for the video. My first own car was a red Lada 1200 estate, bought 2nd hand in the mid 80es. I payed 700 DM (around 180£ ) for a 7 year old car with 7 month „TÜV“ (MOT). I was very happy with that car, it took my an my girl around Europe in the summer of ˋ87. Only once Inhalt a problem, in the middle of Spain. With a Russian car. Fortunately the Spanish Seat was the same as my Lada, so I got a cheap and quick repair. BTW, my next car was a Mini 1000, I’d love a Mini-Story.

  31. Nickname Nick

    Nickname Nick15 kun oldin

    amazing car!

  32. soydechileyque

    soydechileyque16 kun oldin


  33. Appu Joseph Jose

    Appu Joseph Jose16 kun oldin

    Premier 118NE in India

  34. Roger Hudson

    Roger Hudson17 kun oldin

    You could have mentioned the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky who somehow (?!) managed to take control of VAZ before escaping to the UK.

  35. Ab Ben

    Ab Ben17 kun oldin

    Lad is FIAT 124 copy!!!

  36. Richard Que

    Richard Que17 kun oldin

    In China it was call me pao car or bread bun car.

  37. RonJohn63

    RonJohn6318 kun oldin

    15:43 Angola was, and Cuba still is firmly Communist.

  38. Simone Gaeta

    Simone Gaeta18 kun oldin

    Zhiguli it's a fancy name indeed if you know why they've chose it

  39. manofweed1

    manofweed119 kun oldin

    Weren't they just a mid sixties Fiat with a different name ?

  40. 69 is a great number

    69 is a great number15 kun oldin

    Yes and no

  41. R.a. Wheeler

    R.a. Wheeler19 kun oldin

    To me the early cars looked like a 63' Plymouth Valient. One thing is for sure if you've owned a Lada, you've litterally owned every model. The one model. Very typical for Soviet Union. Women and men litterally had one choice for deodorant... Talcum and it took no less then a year to get it after you've ordered it. Amazon would be a mind blower to a Soviet.

  42. Al Lex

    Al Lex19 kun oldin

    Ils cars were artistic... they were Beauties

  43. Belznis

    Belznis21 kun oldin

    Actually there were not many cars in the soviet union. There were times when people waited in lines to get a car. The choices were - moskvitch, zaz, lada and then much later there was lada niva and others. Our Latvian family had ladas in various periods and I think the first car was an old moskvitch 401. In the 90's we had that wagon type lada. You basically did not have much choice. In the 90's people started buying all kind of used European cars as we gained independence. They were not looking back and destroying soviet cars in pranks. They looked so boring in comparison. These days people will restore and sell them as there is a collectors market. The doors were painful - a lot of people got their fingers trapped while getting out and someone (usually kids) slamming the doors. Lost many fingernails myself.

  44. Dave Ross

    Dave Ross22 kun oldin

    I had a mate who bought one in the late seventies. Always remember him showing me the huge toolkit which came with the car. Was not very long before he found out why it had such an extensive toolkit. LOL.

  45. puiul galbenus

    puiul galbenus22 kun oldin

    very good. the 1200 went everywhere.

  46. Not Me Not Me

    Not Me Not Me22 kun oldin

    Q. Why do Lada’s have heated rear windows? A. To keep your hands warm when you’re pushing it. Q. What do you call a Lada with a sunroof? A. A skip.

  47. Cascaret That's right

    Cascaret That's right23 kun oldin

    ladas, are the police cars in, Cuba.

  48. ALM

    ALM25 kun oldin

    I worked for a short time in a Lada dealership. Riva's already had rust under the bonnet when they were sold brand new.

  49. MrNohab

    MrNohab25 kun oldin

    We had 2 LADA, it was a very good and reliable car compared to their era! They are still unbeatable in their category in the Rally racing!

  50. J-エリコ

    J-エリコ25 kun oldin

    also this means that they should've gone with renault

  51. J-エリコ

    J-エリコ25 kun oldin

    i like the 124 better. less weight.

  52. supersonicsegax1

    supersonicsegax125 kun oldin

    I’d buy a lada or any Russian car! They’re reliable as all hell and easy to fix!! I can give a shit less about driving something with 9 million features, just give me a basic car that goes like a Toyota!

  53. ofnotandi

    ofnotandi25 kun oldin

    I remember 1988-89. A Russian troller came into harbor in my little town and bought Lada's for Vodka. Pallettes of Vodka. They didn't want any other cars and they didn't really seem to care about in what shape they where. This happened a few times after that. People would buy Ladas knowing this. Great cars for the price back then and when you where done you could turn them in for Vodka.

  54. Matthew McRee

    Matthew McRee27 kun oldin

    This was a really awesome historical look into an iconic car from the Soviet Union. It's a shame that the USSR broke up (most Soviet citizens didn't want it to happen as demonstrated in the 1991 referendums), and it wouldn't have happened had the US government kept its nose out of the post-Soviet transition process. Also, the Russian economy struggled in the mid to late 90s specifically because the US, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund forced "shock therapy" aka rapid privatisation on the Russian economy, which allowed Russian mobsters and corrupt government officials to purchase Soviet state assets at prices sometimes nearly one-hundredth of their real value. I'm not by any means a fan or advocate of the Soviet state socialist system, but it's undeniable that it had certain advantages in terms of rapid economic development - of course, only up until the point where the Soviet economy was developed and there was a need for better and more available consumer goods, which the hardliners in the Politburo were loathe to focus on. But despite what the prevailing narrative is, the USSR only spent as much as it did on nuclear weapons and military expenditures in response to continued aggression by NATO. The USSR wanted peace with the West and constantly tried to make peace with the US, but the US instead would introduce new technologies that enabled nuclear first-strike capabilities, then the USSR was forced to spend more money to keep up with these new technologies. If the US really had cared so much about Soviet citizens, it could have chosen to focus on peace with the USSR and the government could have focused more on production of consumer goods without military applications, and this would have improved the standard of living for Soviet citizens. But, of course, capitalism depends on expanding access to new markets, cheap labor, and raw materials, thus the capitalist nations of the world could never allow a socialist experiment to exist in peace, as if it succeeded too much, there would be mass working class demand for these capitalist nations to become socialist societies, and the more Socialist economies existed, the fewer markets would be fully open to goods produced in the Western capitalist nations. The history of the Cold War is just a shame. The US could have worked with the USSR and it's likely that greater political and social freedom would have come to exist in the Soviet Union. Instead we fought for 50 years and lived in fear of nuclear annihilation for all that time. Sorry for the long rant, I just had a lot to say and it saddens me what Russia has become (a kleptocratic, corrupt, right-wing, nationalist oligarchy with falling living standards and mass alcoholism), and this didn't have to happen.

  55. Get out.

    Get out.23 kun oldin

    there's hardly anything more satisfying in the world than the fact that USSR collapsed))

  56. James Nicholson

    James Nicholson29 kun oldin

    The Larder was shit.

  57. Daddy Benson

    Daddy Benson29 kun oldin

    to quote kylo ren from star wars MORE!! we must make more of these vehicles Simple, cheap, and reliable is the way to go

  58. Rob A

    Rob AOy oldin

    A long time ago, when I was 16, I owned one of these things for about three days! Dad made me get rid of it because he wouldn't have a "god damn commie car" in his driveway! Lol What I remember was it came with a tool roll that you could almost rebuild it with. Too bad I never got a chance to drive it in one of our Canadian winters.

  59. Jim Whitbread

    Jim WhitbreadOy oldin

    Still lots around in chernihiv Ukraine 30 year old cars still going strong

  60. ukranaut

    ukranautOy oldin

    09:58 - As you can see, unlike capitalist countries, Soviet Union always had real equality for all the people.

  61. Torben Hellborn

    Torben HellbornOy oldin

    thank you so much for a humorous factual based program

  62. NICK T

    NICK TOy oldin

    improved by the soviets... sure..

  63. HENRI

    HENRIOy oldin

    Im 14 and driving with 2106 sl

  64. Mike Brodnicki

    Mike BrodnickiOy oldin

    In 1987 I bought a Riva 1500 estate new. At its second service the carburettor and the alternator had to be changed, as they were faulty, under warranty ! The Lada dealer fitted a weber carburettor because it was more fuel efficient, reliable and tunable. A friend had a Ford Capri and he used to struggle to keep up with me. It was a good looking car in Nevada beige with a brown vinyl roof, I even fitted a sunroof. The car never let me down, driving to Germany and Ireland without problem. It was the only car I have ever owned though whose door lock would freeze in winter ! I would love another.

  65. barriem davies

    barriem daviesOy oldin

    I had one ,,never let me down,, what ever the weather,,very reliable..

  66. socialmeaslesinpartnershipwithvegetablepolice

    socialmeaslesinpartnershipwithvegetablepoliceOy oldin

    The Morris Minor was much better.

  67. Istvan Berta

    Istvan BertaOy oldin

    Inconcern of durability : OPEL ASTRA of'96

  68. Istvan Berta

    Istvan BertaOy oldin

    DonottelltheRO 80 ROTARY came from there!?

  69. Istvan Berta

    Istvan BertaOy oldin

    On2014about they offerd in Hungary a 2×4 station in the common look for 10th€

  70. Wolf Hunt

    Wolf HuntOy oldin

    Well, what I can tell... We got a LADA 2107 - that was the best rugged car EVER. Yes, it had its flaws, but take an todays car - would you ever imagine to drive it with cca 150-200 kg of decorative sotnes through a plought field some 500 meters? No. Would you think to load the car with a gravel block of cca 450 kg and drive it over 120 km ? No. Oil change very random, mostly every 7-8 years... Well, THAT car can do a MASSIVE work if you respect it. I am a happy one that had experience with those cars and I would LOVE to get a chance to drive them again.

  71. Chimera

    ChimeraOy oldin

    I bought a used 124 wagon in 1970, can't recall any major problems with it. In 1972 I traded it in on Chevy Vega, which was the worst car I ever owned.

  72. 69 is a great number

    69 is a great number15 kun oldin

    The Chevy Vega...

  73. Kevin Jordan

    Kevin JordanOy oldin

    In NZ we did an exchange transaction of Ladas for butter,we all know who got the better deal,lol.Although to be fair some NZ motorists were very pleased with their Ladas,.I think so were their service agents,lol.

  74. Rad Checkinski

    Rad CheckinskiOy oldin

    The 125 was NOT based on the 1300/1500. Only the 125P was based on the 1300/1500. The Italian 125 was a completely different animal.

  75. That One American Dude Who watches AFL Footy

    That One American Dude Who watches AFL FootyOy oldin

    Hey look, it’s that car I see in Russian Car Crash Videos

  76. DB Cisco

    DB CiscoOy oldin

    A better FIAT 124

  77. bartjuhhh

    bartjuhhhOy oldin

    My grandpa used to own a 1205 it always started and was a good car for towing stuff like trailers. He also bought a lada niva because it was a good car

  78. Huw Jones

    Huw JonesOy oldin

    I once drove a brand new 1982 Lada Riva, it was dark so I turned on the headlights, only to find my feet were illuminated more than the road. There were also a lot of wires hanging down from behind the dash. It was slow, with heavy controls and very coarse and noisy. There was a reason these were cheap.

  79. Chris Wardlow

    Chris WardlowOy oldin

    I worked at Lada Cars at Carnaby Nr Bridlington East Yorkshire in the early 90s Great cars I had two and it was a great job,it employed a lot of local people so sad when it closed down.

  80. Joseph D

    Joseph DOy oldin

    I believe there was also a Lada 4 x 4 car called the "Niva" in the 1990's ?...I think it used a beefed up 1.7 litre engine or something...

  81. Zagoreni02A

    Zagoreni02AOy oldin

    Westerners usually insult eastern car but Riva was quite good car and reliable.

  82. The Japan viewer

    The Japan viewerOy oldin

    My parents had a Riva from 1982 to 1988 (In The Netherlands it was known as the Lada 2104). Unfortunately, the front fenders got rust holes after just 6 years and part of the aluminium rear bumper broke off when another car hit that part.

  83. Atharva Toskar

    Atharva ToskarOy oldin

    _this car shown in the PC Game 'Operation Flashpoint : cold war crises'_

  84. J. Dana Clark

    J. Dana ClarkOy oldin

    I own 6 Ladas here in canada! Only 3 run...and only 1 is road legal.. I absolutely love driving them though.

  85. T.B.G.

    T.B.G.Oy oldin

    At 9:52 - there are no windscreen wipers on that show model was to prevent pilfering, no doubt.

  86. T.B.G.

    T.B.G.Oy oldin

    Trivia and Fact: In Canada from the mid-to-late 1980s, the Riva was sold as the Dennis Signet, after the distributor, Peter Dennis. More than a few had to be inspected and rebuilt once they arrived in Halifax, hence the tag 'Final assembly in Canada.' The name change likely was the result of boycotts of the Lada brand after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Many newspapers refused to run adverts for sales of Ladas, and some companies refused to allow Ladas to be parked in their car parks, leading many a few owners to switch Lada badges for Fiat badges!

  87. G G

    G GOy oldin

    The ladae was actually very pratical and sturdy! Especially the older ones? Western propaganda was mostly unsubstantiated?!

  88. Abdi Piano

    Abdi PianoOy oldin

    Lada was driver's car. No airbags. No ABS. No computer. Just one tough car

  89. Eef Neleman

    Eef NelemanOy oldin

    I'd like to get my hands on a bi-rotor Zhiguli. Never even knew they existed! Thanks for another nice history lesson!

  90. Petar Dragiyski

    Petar DragiyskiOy oldin

    My grandfather had one Zhiguli 2101 made in 1977 and imported from the USSR in Bulgaria, he was one of the very 1st people to get the car in his town. The car did more then 1.3 million kilometers in its life between 1977 and 2020. She ended sold for scrap as the rot started taking over and she went to the scrap yard not on a flatbed truck but by her own.

  91. anthony perkins

    anthony perkinsOy oldin

    For many Brits, it was the affordable way for many to acquire a car, even though it was based on old Fiat technology (which it was) and wasn't the most brilliant but, what it lacks in brilliance, it more than makes up for in simplicity, even if it wasn't the most pleasant drive. A capable car in saloon and estate form that can (just about) manage 5 adults, take the holiday luggage, and get you there and back in one piece, although quality wasn't a strong point, with a marginal paint finish combined with heavy steering, exposed wires, sloppy fit and finish, and slightly flimsy trim which made it just as forgettable and lamentable as it was good value.

  92. Tee Key

    Tee KeyOy oldin

    Forgot "Wolga" cars ?

  93. Tee Key

    Tee KeyOy oldin

    For Spaniard "Zhiguli" souns like "gigolo", but for Poles it sounds like "zyganie" or "puking", but it was sold there.

  94. garethrees100

    garethrees100Oy oldin

    I had one , it was slow, basic and a bit boring. But it got me from a to b. The only problems I had with it was the windows kept dropping down . A common problems I later heard.

  95. Andrew Harrison

    Andrew HarrisonOy oldin

    Ladas arrived in Jamaica during the 1980s. I believe there was a deal to exchange bauxite for them. Up to this day, there are still Ladas being driven.

  96. Jim K

    Jim KOy oldin

    For Soviet car ads I dont think they even bothered to hire female models. They just grabbed any passing young girl and draped them over whatever three-box monstrosity they were trying to flog. Russian girls are ridiculously good looking after all.

  97. Gena- F56 Cooper S

    Gena- F56 Cooper SOy oldin

    When they all conked out in the U.K., they were shipped back to Russia where most are still running today . Long live the zhiguli !!

  98. Tuppoo94

    Tuppoo94Oy oldin

    Lada was very popular in Finland in the past, because politics of the day meant that one could buy several of them for the price of one western car of similar size. Nowadays they're getting a bit rare, though, and basically no-one buys new Ladas anymore.

  99. Admiral Bongo

    Admiral BongoOy oldin

    3:56 That's not how VAZ is pronounced. Let's try doing it by syllables: Volzh-skiy Av-to-mo-bil'-nyi Za-vod. Also, the last syllable in "Zhiguly" is stressed.

  100. jumpfer Joy

    jumpfer JoyOy oldin

    Really good video. Like many, I knew parts of the history, but nicely presented and interesting. Thanks

  101. paul grubits

    paul grubitsOy oldin

    My 1st car was Lada 😊

  102. jazzi p

    jazzi pOy oldin

    My dad own one of these in the early, reliable and cheerful. Not the quickest but it does the job taking you from A - B.....

  103. Tomasnok

    TomasnokOy oldin

    Isn't that the Lika?

  104. Constantin С

    Constantin СOy oldin

    My worst car experience was with a Lada. But it was my first one. I was very surprised to hear from a British guy that they still had Ladas in 2005. I supposed they were difficult to maintain and find parts, but my British friend assured me it was not so. He said, we just pick parts that fall down from other Ladas on the road 😁

  105. Jørgen W

    Jørgen WOy oldin

    Niva next?


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  107. Michael Doležal

    Michael DoležalOy oldin

    It was a great car! Very reliable, though thirsty! Our Lada 21011 (1300 cc engine) stayed with us 25 years from 1978 to 2003. A 4500km trip to Ukraine was a final chapter in the ownership of the car.

  108. paulparoma

    paulparomaOy oldin

    It's pronounced "Zhih-goo-LEE."

  109. nikoladd

    nikoladdOy oldin

    My father had a 2104(Riva estate) and a Samara. The 2104 was not so tough in my opinion it's just that Fiats are even flimsier. Samara on the other hand was a beast. Extremely durable and it drove much better then the former Ladas. It literally had a square profile aluminum beam in it's front and rear bumpers. You could load it with a massive amount of weight and it would still go. Further it had massive amount of space. Samara had more cargo space then the 2104 estate, though the loading door was not very convenient. We measured it. Further Samara was waaay more comfortable then the former Ladas. Fit and finish was ... well not terrible, for it's time. Nowadays it's massively dated, but in the early 90s it was not that bad.

  110. hanikrummi hundursvin

    hanikrummi hundursvinOy oldin

    I learned to drive on a Lada Station 1.5L 5 speed left seat drive, dark purple. Driving straight I could wriggle the stearing wheel 30° each side from center before the wheels started to turn, but the car was remarkebly reliable. I like Lada´s.