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Lada 1200, 1300, 1500 and 1600 (1970 - 1984)

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1200 saloon

reviewed by edlithgow on 1 March 2021
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Overall rating
2
How it drives
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Fuel economy
4
Running costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
1
Experience at the garage or specialist
5
How practical it is
2
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

Best 40 quid I ever spent

Mine was reliable and by far the best car for DIY maintenance I've had, though it was rather heavy on fuel, returning about 30mpg from memory.

I ran it for 4 years until an especially picky MOT coinciding with a Masters Thesis deadline and Stazi-style neighbours shopping me for an expired tax disk meant it had to go.

Didn't like the Niva I replaced it with so much. More rot traps, no starting handle and timing belt rather than chain= Western Decadence

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