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Yes... 22 44.90%
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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

Yes I have. This would be back in 1991, and the car was about 20 years old then. Considering that it was not an undully traumatic experience.

Bear in mind that it was basically a FIAT made under licence.
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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

You have done this before
I am pretty sure about that


(And no ... I haven't)
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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

if anybody should hanker after one, there is one sitting (or sinking??) in a garden up the road to me, been there for years, was used to store wood until the owner passed away a few years back! (In fact the value of the wood inside must far outweigh the value of the car!)
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I have asked have you driven any russian made cars... but this time it's just about LaDa
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Been in one a few years ago...that was quite enough!

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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

I have owned one, does that count
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No....but I do work with someone who used to own one, although he replaced the engine with one from a Fiat, the twin o/head cam but I cant remember if it was 1.6 or 2.0. I had to share the car park with him and that was close enough.
 
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Havent before and with any luck wont in the future
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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

Is there any particular reason why I should have
What am I missing out on, tell me, please, tell me
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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

Strange enough...I never had driven any eastern European car in my life...just once Skoda Favorit for about 2km's.
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Yes I have - without breaking down
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I had a brief go in a mates Lada sometime in the late seventies, it was crap even by those standards
Mainly the Engine it just seemed to rattle like hell and do nothing else, the steering seemed to be connected by an elastic band to the wheels somehow.
It was probably the worst Car I have ever driven, though the Morris Marina ran it close.
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I had a brief go in a mates Lada sometime in the late seventies, it was crap even by those standards
Mainly the Engine it just seemed to rattle like hell and do nothing else, the steering seemed to be connected by an elastic band to the wheels somehow.
It was probably the worst Car I have ever driven, though the Morris Marina ran it close.
You've just described driving the Matta ....I hired a Morris Marina for a day, it was without a doubt the worst car I've driven.

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Not only driven one - we used to rally one in the Lada Challenge - a bargain basement stage rally championship in the mid 80's. Slow as anything, but as tough as a tough thing that's been coated with tufstuf,
and virtually unburstable - we did half the Welsh international with a 5p piece sized hole in the water pump - with a wood plug hammered into it, filling up whenever we could, and it still refused to blow the head gasket, and finished the rally...

Driving it wasn't an exhilarating experience, however.....
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I used to own one I got it for nothing so I can't really complain but IMO they weren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be,big comfy seats,precise gear change,roomy cabin and decent heater.
Although mine was the far more swish and stylish first generation lada with the round headlights and chrome bumpers which looked identical to the Fiat 124
Its a shame they never used the fiat twin cam though.

Not as bad as some other cars of the same era,I once drove and just about smashed a mates Austin Allegro,now they really were piles of crap.
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My father owned Lada for 15 years. It did about 150 000kms without big problems and if you had any problem than basic toolset in the trunk was enough to solve it.
I even replaced auxiliary belt with my father on the road when it broke down. It took 1 hour and it was explained in detail in the owner’s manual how to do it. Try to do something like this in modern car. With Lada you were supposed to repair everything, even living alone in Siberia.
Only problem was in winter, we had to put about 80 kg bag of sand in the trunk to have some grip, as the back was very very light for RWD car.

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Re: Ever driven a Lada?

Had a 112 for a while. It's basically an evolution of the old Model 1 (nee Fiat 124) with modern (it's all relative) engine and styling. If you had an 80's Fiat then you'll be right at home.

The ride is basic but not uncomfortable. You may find it under-damped but it's ideal for the Russian roads (many of which are unsealed).

Handling is tenacious, but the tyres let the beast down and you'll get a lot of drift. You can always tell if the front or the back is about to let go though. You can just feel it.

Steering is from the "send a telegram to the rack" school but it suits the handling. It's not really a "taut" car at all but you can make decent progress if you make the effort (just wear a soft hat.. you'll become intimate with the roof lining).

Brakes are okay for the environment most of them live in.. W.European driving would show them up a bit.

Interior quality is functional rather than pretty. It reminded me of a public passenger vehicle. It doesn't mark easily and you can wipe away any foot-marks or grafitti and even hose it out without damaging it.

Everything works with an honest mechanicality (?). The thing is built like a T-34 i.e. "squaddie-proof" but despite that bits still break.

Fundamentally it's over-engineered and un-stressed but the quality of the parts themselves isn't great (connectors made of "tin foil") and so they may fail.

The best bit is the manual, which is a volume the size of an encylopeadia. The way it's built means you can dismantle and rebuild the whole car using the scewdriver, pliers and 13mm spanner in the toolkit. My firm shipped 20 of the Niva jeep plus 5 Nissan Patrols to Africa once. The Nivas were "always breaking down" but after a year 2 Nissans were off the road waiting parts, while ALL the Nivas were still running.

The world's most reliable car may be a Toyota but the last car left running when the world ends will be a Lada, dudes.

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Lada Niva. Well capable 4X4!

 
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I answered yes but the remembered that it was, in fact, a Yugo - doh.

Worm and ball steering and to say that it was "agricultural" is doing a grave disservice to tractors.

I only drove it once - it was dreadful. The good thing was though I was test driving it to see whether it was worth buying. This was shortly after I was divorced some 25 years ago and I was trying it out for my ex-wife as she didn't know anyone else who knew anything about cars. I told her it was fine - she bought it.

We started speaking again a few years later.

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I answered yes but the remembered that it was, in fact, a Yugo - doh.
Wasn't there a Yugo with a dodgy RHD conversion
which meant if the front passenger pushed hard on
the floor they could apply the brakes?
 
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No. Never. And it is a habit I hope I never have to break.
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Wasn't there a Yugo with a dodgy RHD conversion
which meant if the front passenger pushed hard on
the floor they could apply the brakes?
Yes,the yugo was based on the Fiat 127 which had a linkage to the brake master cylinder above the passenger footwell,I had a 127 when I was seventeen and can remember one of my mates applying the brakes when I was driving.
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Thankfully not
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