Written on: 26/10/2013
I bought my Niva second hand in 2ooo from a old chap who had really looked after it since new(1991).I had some rust repairs done(new metal)& i fitted a electronic rust control unit(ERPS),no more rust in 13 years.It has a 1.6 LT engine & has been very reliable.It has been great offroad & have only been stopped once in really churned up dry sand but i reversed out no trouble.I do all repairs myself,that's the beauty of a niva they are pretty simple to work on.Keep up with oil changes new... (read more)
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... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2010
I have owned my niva for about 4 years and i can genuinly say i have never had so much fun in a car. It was one of the last ones imported to England in 1997 so it came with the 1.7 engine with injection from GM. Yes its noisy, not very fast and not great on mpg. But, and this is very important, it is a proper off road vehicle. In standard form its as good as a Landrover and just makes all the others look silly. Modification? You dont need to spend a fortune, just add a good set of mud tyres... (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2008
This is one of the most capable off road vehicles I have ever driven, with the nobbly tyres and long suspension travel. The light weight, and short wheelbase make it a strong rival to any landcruiser or Land Rover. (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2008 by andrewfarhat
I do own a Lada Niva jeep myself! and won't think of getting other jeep for offroading! I'm happy with it results! I did some changes so it looks better from the outside! and changes it seats so it's getting better from the inside! As for the noise I solved this problem by adding a good audio car system! (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2005 by zixxerboy
I bought two Lada Niva's real cheap and fixed one. Including the small winch I mounted it was cheaper than a set of tires and rims for most anything else. I had a hoot bashing through the bush going places bigger truck couldn't get to.
Unfortunately they are of Unibody construction and a "consumable" rather than a collectable in our salty winter climate. Mine rotted through where the trailing arm for the rear axle mates to the body. (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2005 by AussieEagle (1 review written)
I bought the Lada Niva 4x4 from an elderly man who used it to comute between suburbs. It still had the original "snow tyres" on - excellent in the sand of western australia. The carby needed some TLC at first but it runs well now. It drives in the sand dunes without a whimper. I've had many and various cars, utilities, wagons etc. but this Niva I really enjoy. It is probably the most underrated 4 x 4 around today. All the modern 4 x 4's around today need a university degree in... (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2004 by mHaynes (5 reviews written)
Bought the Lada Niva 4x4 car as an early (pre Cossack) left hander. Looked in great nick but really wasn't. In the six months I owned it I spent the purchase price on it and then some. Saying that it was lots of fun until it finally died when the front axel fell off, ripping the bolts out of the alloy cast gearbox. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2004 by Doug Smoke
I love this Lada Niva 4x4. I cooked my first engine on the way home from picking it up, bought another for £50 sterling, beats my dads Landrover 3.5 V8 in a straight tug of war in a plowed field. Mind you, I was wearing goodyear Wranglers, & he had the wheels & tyres off a disco. Traction beats power.
Gearbox slow, but solid. Low ratio is like tractor. Claims to have a fith gear, but I can't find it. Buy one for next to nothing, take it to off road hill climbs, & laugh at folks in TD5... (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2004 by WayneSlabbert (1 review written)
I've just got my Lada Niva a week now (12 May 2004) - got it last week "5th" - and already had it up the mountains in Stellenbosch area in South Africa - Western Cape area. Took a couple of pictures.
Had too use 0 stars for reliability, as no issues to report yet. (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2003 by willy.
After having had a 2 Nissan Patrols and a Landrover Discovery, I traded down to a Lada Niva while working in the middle east. It was amazing offroad, impossible to stop in sand even towing a trailer and with 4 beefy fishermen on board. We towed out a GMC Jimmy with a bust trannie that had failed to be recovered by another Jimmy. On the road it was awful, noisy and slow, it cooked the transfer box having dumped the fluid and the electrics were a nightmare. (read more)
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