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Do you remember the Lada Riva?

NEW 1500cc 4 door saloon was £1600

and the,

NEW 1500cc 5 door estate was £2000

I nearly bought one except I wanted one in red and they could only supply in white.

I had a second hand estate and saloon models, the only thing I found was wrong was the heavy steering.

I have still got some Lada spanners in my tool box,

oh and Lada supplied a full size spare wheel !!!
 

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The lada riva was one step up from a horse and cart, it was pressed out of powdered ferous oxide, they took them all back to Russia by the boatload because they were giving Russia a bad name, once they go them back to Russia they converted them into tanks for the army...

Apart from that most of them are probably still going.. :D

And the competition included the Austin Montego.
 

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No, not at all. 124 mechanicals were amazing for the late sixties and to a certain extent the seventies but a tenth rate poorly made knock off with all the ills and few if the virtues in the riva can't be compared with the Dacia range. Bits don't typically drop off the Dacia range in the first year.

On the other hand many mainstream cars were worse.
 

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Though to be fair I think Autovaz makes the Renault Sandero in Russia, Autovaz produced the Lada.

So to a certain extent Dacia is the new Lada, in a roundabout way...
 

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I'm going to say YES, meaning it in the most positive sense.

My Dad had a Lada Riva 1500 Estate (top of the range!) for four years from new:

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(And notice that other paragon of 1980s Eastern-Bloc automotive prowess, the Yugo 45, lurking in the background!)

On the road price was £5395, at a time when the cheapest Astra or Escort estates were in the £8000 to £9000 range.

Don't disagree with some of the comments above - it did rust through in the wings (due to the absence of wheelarch liners!) and tailgate within the first two years (puts the Duster issues into perspective in a sense, but bear in mind this was the 1980s, when it wasn't unusual for the mainstream cars to be showing some rust by first MOT) and it did incur some out-of-warranty repair bills that would've been considered unacceptable in a more expensive car - but my Dad always maintained that, "Doing the Maths," it still cost car less over the four years than a mainstream car, and was the right move at the time. Add to that the fact that it had bags of character and the comfiest back seat I have ever sat in to date, and it was sadly missed when it went.

Fast-forward to today, and let's stick with the estates. Not counting the Prime, which I assume will have a limited run, the top of the range Logan MCV is the £10795 1.5DCi Laureate. The cheapest diesel Astra Estate is £18830, and the cheapest diesel Focus Estate is £18180. So the Dacia is commanding a similar or slightly lower percentage of the mainstream prices than the Riva did.

The crucial feather in the Dacia's cap is that, whereas the Lada was using basically the same mechanicals as the Fiat 124 from two decades previous, the Logan is using cutting-edge dCi and TCe engines shared with the parent range. And, while the Lada's interior was quite obviously twenty years out-of-date in terms of appearance and "creakage," I'd argue the Dacia's is much closer to its contemporaries, at least on aesthetics and on the basis of the showroom prodding I've done.

The Duster makes an interesting comparison with the old Lada Niva, too; and the Sandero with the Samara.

So yes; the Dacias are the nearest modern equivalents to the Lada; and arguably much better value to boot.
 

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Much preferred the look of the Skoda Rapid of the time and I had the dubious pleasure of driving a 45a red Yugo for a while.
 

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I can also remember when I drove a Lada you used to wave to the other Lada drivers.

Do Dacia drivers wave to each other?
 

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Lada is now part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, so yes, the same people who make Dacias also make Ladas.

Incidentally, it was the guy who used to import LADA cars into the UK who first pointed out the rust on my Duster starting off the whole Rusty Duster issue. Maybe he had an eye for it!
 
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