RE: 400-mile Lada Niva for sale

RE: 400-mile Lada Niva for sale

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Silvanus

2,496 posts

6 months

Tuesday 9th August
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Draxindustries1 said:
As basic as it gets and as reliable and cheap to fix as it gets.
Those slating it need to compare it to other white goods like BMW,Merc, VAG products ect, their reliability is through the floor and sometimes impossible to repair.
The Lada doesn't need any special tools to fix it either , a hammer & a few spanners will do.
It's over priced but these are good reliable tough as old boots cars..
Easy to fix, yes, reliable, not so much, one I used to use was a fairly new one but used to break down a lot. Perfect rugged little work horse, but crazy at that price

foxbody-87

2,575 posts

149 months

Tuesday 9th August
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£25K … about two years ago they were going for about £11K. I’d like one as a novelty but for that money??

tr7v8

6,869 posts

211 months

Tuesday 9th August
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A mate I worked with had previously worked on a massive civil works site, They had 10 Nivas parked on site with the keys in them. If you needed to move around the site you jumped in went where you needed to and then left it there. He said they'd run and run with minimal repairs in all weathers. The site was very rough and they ever got stuck.
When my ex ran a Riva estate I looked at buying a Niva several times. They were around 8K new and that was early 90s.

Dombilano

654 posts

38 months

Tuesday 9th August
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Super cool car, if the euros comes in tonight it's straight into my 10 car garage

romac

444 posts

129 months

Tuesday 9th August
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J4CKO said:
25 grand, if it came with a certain dictators severed head nailed to the bonnet maybe.

Otherwise, just evidence that the world has gone mad.
That's putin the boot in rather harshly ain't it?

Having seen East European cars in their own setting in the early 1990's I have a certain respect for them! The Lada Niva was always known for it's off road ability. Didn't realise you could still get them (sort of).

It is a great shame that Russia has chosen the path that it has.

Bloxxcreative

315 posts

28 months

Tuesday 9th August
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I have so many questions, my biggest being....why are there 3 gear levers.

Lester H

2,131 posts

88 months

Tuesday 9th August
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el romeral said:
Quite a perky little thing and they seem to have aged well but maybe not at that price.
You have pretty much nailed it. My sons girlfriend had an early one. It was great imho but not for silly money.

Lester H

2,131 posts

88 months

Tuesday 9th August
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V8 FOU said:
Mmm a lot of hate. As is usual for PH.
I sold one a couple of years ago and people were fighting over it.
These later ones are really good - jeez, it even has aircon!
They are brilliant to drive and about the best thing off road. As the saying goes, don't knock it until you've tried it.
I tried one year's ago. The hate is not for the car but the price.

Turbobanana

4,351 posts

184 months

Tuesday 9th August
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Bloxxcreative said:
I have so many questions, my biggest being....why are there 3 gear levers.
Did you not read the article?

PH said:
There’s no hiding the Niva’s hardy 4x4 nature, either, with low-range and diff lock levers sprouting out of the middle with the gearstick

Tekno

154 posts

84 months

Tuesday 9th August
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You have your Bramley’s confused. This garage in Bramley, Surrey is no where near Basing’grad. FYI

prand

5,663 posts

179 months

Tuesday 9th August
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Bloxxcreative said:
I have so many questions, my biggest being....why are there 3 gear levers.
Proper old school full time manual 4x4. Consisting of: Normal manual gear lever, hi/lo ratio selector (when in tough terrain, select lo and you can rev higher without spinning the wheels and climb up and out of all sorts, also helps descend with control), and the third one is a full central diff lock meaning all wheels can be locked to rotate with power, even if some of the wheels are spiining in mud or up in the air, you are still getting power to those wheels with some grip.

This is the very effective manual/mechanical version of the clever modern 4x4 automatic climb/hill descent which has wheel and drivetrain sensors to apply power to the wheels that need it, that old skool offroaders bemoan as the computer takes the fun and ability out of it.

I had one of these, I'll never have one again, despite it looking the part with some bull bars and flood lights, being quite fun to bomb around the backroads and tracks of Wiltshire, anmd the more modern ones supposedly being better built, it really doesn't look like it in the pics.

I bought one for about 2.5 grand in the 90s which was 4 years old, for a bit of fun, and actually drove better on road and was quicker than a much older series 2a Land rover I also had my eye on. 4 years old, but could have really been a 40 year old classic car the way bits just fell off and stopped working. I had to completely soundproof it to make it driveable over long distance. Brakes were terrible, slam on the brakes and the rear would overtake the front. Radiator corroded and cause overheating so I had to get the radiator head skimmed and gasket replaced.

All the panels seemed to be bolted together with corroded self tapping screws that rusted and fell out, the carbs and old points used to ice up and get wet regularly.

I finally got rid of it when it would start jumping out of 4th gear, which was an expensive fix, and dealt with temporarily using a girlfriends hairband attached to one of the other levers which held it in gear. I also found, as you're likely with this one, that parts supply are almost non existent in this country (though managed to find that the headlights from an early range rover fitted exactly!) so although reasonably easy to maintain, ordering parts from France, pre-eBay and internet days was an expensive gamble. I used to get it repaired at a dealwer in the forest of Dean who used to cannibilise a few older Nivas, then he finally threw in the towel when he ran out of donors.

In my opinion, unless that car is a complete nut & bolt rebuild using new galvanised panels, non OEM (i.e. they actually work and last) parts, proper soundproofing and a decent modern reliable engine, that £25k price tag is a complete piss take.

And above all, despite experiencing some post Berlin Wall and Glasnost related Soviet Chic in the 1990s which made me paint a hammer and sickle onto the wing of my red Niva, (like wearing a Che Guevara t-Shirt I suppose). But now, I can't imagine ever wanting to buy something from Russia ever again.





Sandpit Steve

7,356 posts

57 months

Wednesday 10th August
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Still taking the Jimny, for a fun and reliable off-roader. Who’d want to be seen dead in a Russian car at the moment?

Edited by Sandpit Steve on Wednesday 10th August 10:40

epom

9,133 posts

144 months

Wednesday 10th August
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When something is so uncool it begins to become cool again. Love that.

livinginasia

699 posts

93 months

Wednesday 10th August
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Very cool, but as others have said, not at 25k.

I am sure it will sell quickly enough though, even with the current "situation"

unpc

2,741 posts

196 months

Wednesday 10th August
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I toyed with the idea of getting one of these before I all kicked off over there as a cheap local runaround. Last year they were selling new ones for sub £15k IIRC. The price of this one is bonkers but Bramley do seem to be smoking crack when it comes to pricing.

fatchapchipchop

2 posts

172 months

Wednesday 10th August
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Drove one of these back in the day when I worked in what was Eastern Europe .. Worked in any winter condition, started all the time .. Loved it .. But, £25k ??? .. Not a chance.

Presuming Ed

1,182 posts

191 months

Wednesday 10th August
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Its at Bramley so qualifies for an instant 10K price hike over anything else on the market. It will sell to one of their well off clients who will use it for a laugh on their estate for 6 months and then be left in a barn to rot.

Harry H

3,037 posts

139 months

Wednesday 10th August
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I too think it's cool. If it was £12K and lasted 5 years with just basic maintenance I'd be happy.


Earl of Petrol

372 posts

105 months

Wednesday 10th August
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The ‘modern classic’ world has gone mad.
Makes the £16k Nova from a few months ago look like the buy of the century.

pacdes

350 posts

144 months

Wednesday 10th August
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That looks epic and as it will run on cooking oil a good choice during these high fuel cost times.