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The Lada in Canada any still exist?

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This is the new Niva, sure changed a lot ,hopefully better quality now that it's a joint venture with Chevy. Did you know that the original Niva is still sold today!

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This is a new lada concept...hehe, sure looks different

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Someone is selling a 79 Lada 1500 on Toronto kijiji as a collectable with only 7000 km, all original

Only a mere $20k
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Lada Cossack. Best off road vehicle ever built!
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[QUOTE][QUOTE]1996, Lada Niva Cossack 4x4 with running boards, sun roof and 15 inch mags. Runs well and brakes are good. Needs windshield and muffler. Has a couple of minor dents and some surface rust. Currently running P201/75R15 rubber. Can be viewed in Smoky Lake.[/QUOTE][/QUOTE]
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Almost died in one in 1990, don't know how we didn't crash. All the while, Knocking on Heavens Door was playing (on cassete) :-)
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PlmbPmp wrote:
May 22nd, 2015 1:21 pm
The 'new' Ladas that you bought in Canada in the 80's were 20 year old Fiats. The Skoda was a sports car compared to the Lada.

No love for the Dacia 1300? It was the Corolla of the Eastern Bloc.
Nah, they made it worse.
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I remember a story about someone from Montreal trying to gas-up in Plattsburgh in a Lada at a full service station and the guy refused filling up the commie car.

I guess the guy just had to go to a self service.

[QUOTE]No love for the Dacia 1300?[/QUOTE]

My late uncle bought a brand new DACIA GTL around 1985, I think he paid around 6000 at a dealer in the plateau near Mont-Royal street that sold also motorcycles. I had to admit it was a bit nice inside for a teenager like me without a car.

Anyways, a ton of problems:

The back doors were getting jammed sometimes.
The radio was plugged on the battery directly, he depleted a few batteries the time he had the car.
Don't even talk about the paint.
Water coming thru the windows seals.
Winter starting was so bad, that he used it only from March til December.
He burned the clutch in one year.

Here's one:

http://bringatrailer.com/2013/07/26/198 ... -1410-gtl/


Here is the road and track article about those cars: Hyundai Pony, Innocenti and the Eastern Block ones:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150411062 ... Press.html

The pony was first followed by the Innocenti. Guess who finished last, Dacia.


This is pretty funny:

https://youtu.be/rGOHCDQhm8g

I remember a saying in Florida about the Yugo:

Yugo, Yugo Fast !!!!
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The Lada Niva specifically is a very impressive vehicle, when it comes to off-road abilities.
It's dubbed the Russian Land Rover for a reason and it is so simple, that most of the time all you need is a hammer and a screw-driver to fix it...
This was the perfect zombie apocalypse vehicle for sure and probably accounted for most of the Canadian sales since it was such a cool looking small SUV.
There are bunch of reasons why Lada stopped exporting to Canada...
In North America (in general) lot of people are not used to maintaining their cars...
I'm not saying everybody falls into this category, but lot of people in this part of the world just know how to put in the gas and not much else....
Lada was NOT meant for this type of a person, as it does need to be maintained very regularly...same way a piece of farm machinery would...
Because of this, they got the reputation of being unreliable and Lada lost the entry level SUV market to the likes of Kia, Hyundai, or Suzuki.
I also believe, that the am/fm stereo might have been an option on the Niva (or it was installed by the dealers at their expense)...
These days everyone wants gadgets in their cars....Niva had none.
Some people (myself included) see less gadgets as a good thing, since there's that much less to go wrong, but turns out that most people in this part of the world feel differently.
Part of Lada's decision to clear the market was also the increasingly strict emissions and crash safety standards...
The sheet metal on the Niva was much thicker gage than on most cars and I don't think it crumpled too well compared to modern vehicles with engineered crumple zones and such.
They would simply have to change too many things on it, in order to remain in compliance in those areas...at some point it just wouldn't be profitable anymore.
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PlmbPmp wrote:
May 22nd, 2015 1:21 pm
The 'new' Ladas that you bought in Canada in the 80's were 20 year old Fiats. The Skoda was a sports car compared to the Lada.

No love for the Dacia 1300? It was the Corolla of the Eastern Bloc.
My aunts and grandfathers drove Dacia's 1300. The 1310 was the upgrade. Fully manufactured in Romania.

[IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... ate_01.jpg[/IMG]

Now the new Dacia's are made in Morocco. Wonder if they will last for even 10 years.
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An absolutly horible car right up there with Austin Marina and the Vauxhall Viva
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Skodas are not cheap cars any longer. Some are very decent. It is a VW brand now.

Dacia is now a Renault brand. Very good value for money. In Europe, you actually have significant waiting times if you order a new Dacia.

I would probably buy a Dacia SUV, if they were sold here.
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May 21st, 2015 7:25 pm
In today's auto landscape there's no uglier car on the road than a Juke. I would also say the Aztek but Pontiac is long gone.
Not to sure about that. The Nissan Cube is almost repulsive.
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Messerschmitt wrote:
May 23rd, 2015 1:56 pm
My aunts and grandfathers drove Dacia's 1300. The 1310 was the upgrade. Fully manufactured in Romania.

[IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... ate_01.jpg[/IMG]

Now the new Dacia's are made in Morocco. Wonder if they will last for even 10 years.
That is an old Renauld 12 that was made from the late 60's to the 80's.
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Google Dacia 1310
Dacia was a Romanian designed and manufactured car until it was sold to Renault in 1999 although the manufacturing and HQ is still in Romania (until recently where they started manufacturing most of their models in Morocco)
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I remember my family driving by a Lada dealership way back. My mother said "Big Minis!" :lol: That's what their larger vehicle looked like. We used to play "spot the Lada" for a while - they were somewhat commonplace in our area, at a time when most cars were still domestics.

Personally, if I was looking for an Eastern European collectible, I would go with a Skoda 1300. So many quirky "features". Engine in the back, so taking things out of the "trunk" (at the front) would have people thinking you'd broken down. :lol: The spare wheel hung under the front on an "A" frame which dropped down when unlatched. (Would probably work like a short vaulting pole if if dropped unexpectedly at speed). The rear seats were the first "fold and flip" that I recall seeing. It created an interior storage space that probably would have worked for parcel delivery, or possibly carrying a child's bicycle. I believe there was a radiator at the front, so there must have been long "plumbing" between it and the rear engine. A friend owned one, and I learned to drive stick in it. At some point the head gasket blew, along with the valves, and that was its end. The dealership was out in "farm country". I wonder if they sold tractors and the like there too?

Oh, and I read somewhere that its generous ground clearance made it well-suited to low-quality Eastern European roads. If it could make it up and down mountain roads in its native Czechoslovakia it can't have been too bad. (BTW, Skoda tanks were apparently superior to Nazi Germany's tanks in 1938. Shame they didn't get the chance to defend their borders and avoid invasion. WW2 might have been avoided then).

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Apparently they were competitive rally cars:

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