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LADA--YES OR NO?


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#1 OFFLINE   RENOMAD

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:09 AM

Guys,,,,,,I have a hankering to buy a LADA. I remember my old man looking at a new one back in 1987..He hated it,but I took a strange shine to it,especially the RIVA ESTATE.Now it would be to bring to a show(or maybe not).What do you guys think----I like having something different,that why I have the Renaults! :roll:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:36 AM

I guys NO--with the lack of replies :oops:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:43 AM

YES YES YES, They're superb!

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:47 AM

I guys NO--with the lack of replies :oops:

What, you think we say "No" collectively because there were no responses within 27 minutes of your original post? :lol: Of course you should buy one. They're so bad, they're good (my mum had them when I was growing up. Made her get a Metro when I was old enough to learn to drive, mind).

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 10:42 AM

Ive an early Fiat 124 Estate coming off the ship from Melbourne next week.So -its a definite 'Yes'
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 10:44 AM

Bet you cant wait to see these antipodean beauties NB! I can't! Have you got that Florian sorted yet?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 10:56 AM

Yes get one! My friend had an E reg Riva saloon (2 tone blue over silver, looked very smart actually), and it was brilliant! Came complete with a gearbox full of sawdust, but lasted for ages...

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 11:34 AM

I drove one once and thought it was quite poor in terms of performance and general road manners but then I thought, why would you expect those things in a Lada anyway? It's not a sporting saloon, it's basic transport. If you don't expect it to be something it's not then it's great. Tough as old boots and in my eyes, quite nice looking but then I'm partial to old style three box saloons.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 12:52 PM

NO NO NO.I had to deliver a new Riva estate (in orange) to a customer once, it was the worse 40-odd miles I've ever experienced. I like shonky old cars, but these have no good points at all. 25mpg and dog slow. NO!

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 12:55 PM

Made her get a Metro when I was old enough to learn to drive, mind.

You did WHAT? :oops:
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 01:07 PM

Made her get a Metro when I was old enough to learn to drive, mind.

You did WHAT? :oops:

Good Man! Metros are ace!

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 01:23 PM

Just came across a piece online today which states that Renault have acquired a 25% share of AUTOVAZ which is the manufacturer of LADA cars. I showed this to all the guys here at the dealership-----The reaction was not good---Just when we thought Renaults couldn't get any worse :oops:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:10 PM

Made her get a Metro when I was old enough to learn to drive, mind.

You did WHAT? :oops:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:03 PM

Ah, I suppose when you put it that way.......Anyway - I had a picture of a Riva in my head. Had you said it was a Samara, I never would have questioned the decision.Can anybody say anything positive about a Samara?Go on theres a new challenge for you...Comunitst Pile 'o Tat CPT challenge.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:14 PM

Rivas are the way forward - tough, simple and RWD. The interiors are awful, but at least nothing falls off - unlike the Samara. The Samara was the third (and last) Lada we owned, following a Riva 1200L saloon and a 1200 Estate (pre-Riva, S reg I believe) before that. Nowadays my mum refuses to drive anything that's not automatic, PAS and a/c-equipped, and bigger than a Metro. Probably as a result of owning the Ladas...A Riva wagon with the 1500 engine would, I reckon, be a surprisingly useful piece of shite.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:14 PM

Ah, I suppose when you put it that way.......Anyway - I had a picture of a Riva in my head. Had you said it was a Samara, I never would have questioned the decision.Can anybody say anything positive about a Samara?

I'm positive they were shite! Weren't they based on the original Fiat Tipo design?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:16 PM

No - that's the Yugo Sana you're thinking of. My dad almost bought one at the 1991 Motor Show, but that's another story...Porsche apparently had input into the Samara design :shock:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:44 PM

Well I have a 1300 Samara, 1991, gorgeous in every way, nice to drive, totally reliable, thrifty, surprisingly well put together and will cruise at 85, love it!

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:46 PM

Must have been a Friday afternoon Lada :lol:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:48 PM

Jesus,I didn't think this thread would get to page 2 when I posted it.Still not so sure though. We'll see how it goes

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:15 PM

Hi Mr B -nope not collected the Florian yet -pleading sickness & time constraints.Got the Taunus Transit though -hoh yes!!!!
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:12 PM

Riva s are cool. Samaras are shite.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:35 PM

yes to the Riva.like it.
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:40 PM

This is for sale
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:11 PM

Riva s are cool. Samaras are shite.

I thought the same until I got a Sammy, after carefull consideration I have come to the conclusion that Samaras are much better than Rivas but not as good as Nivas, all Ladas are your rock solid basic shite however that are designed to just crack on with it!

If you want a Lada that strikes fear into the hearts of over 500 million people have a look at my lovely Riva, fresh from the body shop today, it's showing off in front of my Volga

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:17 PM

Wow, Riva looking good, I didn't know you had a Samara too!

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:32 PM

I've been out of the loop for a while!

Seeing as I'm so delighted with my Riva today have a few more photos
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All it needs now is an alternator, brakes and a bonnet catch!

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 08:01 PM

Love this Lada!! Looks strangely menacing.I love them - I have a little 1/43 scale one, complete with box printed entirely in Cyrillic and with 'Made in USSR' on the baseplate

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 09:26 PM

when it was parked outside the bodyshop it was a total Russian tourist attraction!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:49 PM

headlamp wipers. Just fantastic. I imagine a complex system of string and cast but unmachined 20p shaped pulleys operated from a 2.2kW motor and a giant Tupolev toggle switch...
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