Written on: 24/07/2013
I own a 1989 Lada Niva (Vaz 2121) and if you treat it right and do the regular maintenance and not let it rust between offroad trips, it will live forever. The beautiful thing about these small capable machines, is that the have the simplest mechanical, electrical and structural design. If it breaks down, its VERY easy and VERY CHEAP to fix, and it wont cost a fortune. Great value for money, its like a mini Hummer H1. Off-road capabilities; i need not tell you how perfect this short wheelbase low weight Soviet machine is in snow, mud, water or anything else mother nature puts in your way. I have a petrol model, but if someone had a Diesel, that is like the best vehicle to have in cases of natural disasters, Armageddon, war, and anything similar, since you can easily upgrade it to a bio-fuel (bio0diesel) engine and run on burned cooking oil, used motor oil, animal fat, etc.
In all cases, this is not a luxury car and it was not made for everyday use, but personally, i prefer to ride it everyday to work knowing i have a NEVER-SAY-Die strong Russian machine. And if by any chance someone bothers you too much on the road, well you know you can trust the Russian steel hehe. If you dont have one, its a smart choice, get one and renew it.
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