By on April 17, 2012

Lada will end production of their Soviet-era 2017 sedan, since citizens no longer have to line up to buy a car and can purchase one of the free market. Sales of the 2017 were down 76 percent in Q1 2012, and Lada, which now makes vehicles that aren’t warmed over Fiat clones from the 1960′s, decided to axe the venerable sedan.

Based on the old Fiat 124, the Lada Riva, as it was known outside Russia, was a “pure automobile”, with just the bare essentials for getting one down the road. A radio and a fan were optional, for example. While the Russians could get to the moon, the Lada’s loved to corrode and break down (despite the fact they they were mechanically simple, quality control was hardly a strong point). The Granta will fill the gap left by the 2107′s demise/

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30 Comments on “It’s Curtains For The Lada 2107 – Sing The Internationale One Last Time...”


  • avatar
    david42

    Sorry Comrade, in spite of their advanced FIAT-cloning technology, the Russians could NOT get to the moon.

  • avatar
    Darkhorse

    I looked at one of these when we lived in Canada. Reminded me of American cars from the 50s and 60s. Simple, honest, rugged and susceptible to the tin worm.

  • avatar
    GS650G

    I would love to park a V8 in one of these, nice small block with 4.11 gears out back.

  • avatar
    daviel

    Looks like my FIAT 128 with a fancier grill. I’d love to have one of these Ladas

  • avatar
    Acubra

    Derek, this sorry little POS of a car is an easy bashing target surely.
    But yet it pays to do some basic research prior.

    “A radio and a fan were optional, for example.”
    The 2-speed heater fan was standard, actually. And the heater itself was rather powerful, even if air flow in general was not well organised.

  • avatar
    Bryce

    Yes some reseach or knowledge would have shown these cars had one of the best heaters ever made headlight washwipe and are actually based on the later Fiat 125 the 124 based version was phased out decades ago. There are many of these Ladas on the road locally in fact we even have a dealer.

    • 0 avatar
      Acubra

      I would argue about “best ever” part of statement, honestly. Unless you only consider cars of the same vintage (late 60′s) and of the same price/size class.

      But I am surprised you still have the vendor. Do they only sell parts or actual vehicles too?

      • 0 avatar

        I don’t read Cyrillic so i cant satisfy the Insatiable pedantic streak running through the comment thread by translating Uzbeki Monroney stickers for Ladas, BUT – Here’s a fact checked Newspaper claiming that a radio and a fan were options.

        http://www.theprovince.com/Russia+Lada+retires+classic+Soviet/6465320/story.html

        I see a strong Russophile streak here. Or, as Brzezinski would name them, “useful idiots”.

      • 0 avatar
        Acubra

        How infantile… Sigh…

        It is very sad that the author has just demonstrated, aside from shoddy fact-checking, total ignorance not only when it comes to cars (however shitty), but history as well – as others pointed out below.

        By going further and starting calling names you also demonstrate total lack of class.
        Grow up boy and learn some manners.

    • 0 avatar
      tonyola

      Speaking of research, you could have done some yourself. The original Lada VAZ-2101 closely resembled and was based upon the Fiat 124. In 1980, the Soviets restyled the 2101 with different side sheetmetal, deletion of front vent windows, new interior, and new front/rear styling. This was sold alongside the 2101 as a new “premium” Riva model and it, too, was 124-based. The Polski-Fiat 125p was based on the Fiat 125.

    • 0 avatar
      tsofting

      Sorry Bryce, you have to study your Fiat/Lada Encyclopedia more carefully! The Fiat 124 and 125 were two totally different cars, though the casual observer might look at them as twins. You can look up info on them on Wikipedia, so I’ll limit myself to saying the 124 was the bread-and-butter seda, while the 125 was the sport/luxury sedan with a twin-cam engine putting out 90 and later 100 horses. There was an Eastern Bloc variant of the 125, the Polski-Fiat, which had the 125 body, but decidedly more proletarian running gear.
      So, the soon-to-be-discontued Lada is not derived from the 125, it comes from the 124 – case closed!

  • avatar
    threeer

    Spent some time in Ukraine last year…these were everywhere (to be fair, in Odessa, so were the stray dogs!)…it was kind of comical to see them parked next to matte black Audi R8s and Range Rovers…

  • avatar
    MRL325i

    “I see a strong Russophile streak here. Or, as Brzezinski would name them, “useful idiots”.”

    Lenin is generally credited with that phrase (though no proof exists that he coined it), comrade.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes, but lest I raise the ire of the 29th TTAC Soviet Politubro, I’ll stick to people I can actually quote.

      • 0 avatar
        Mr Nosy

        The Soviet Union officially ceased existence Christmas Day 1991.So this old girl(That updated grille is very Cressida-esque.)lasting for an additional 21 years in an autocratic,oligarchic,mafia turbo capitalist economy,is probably not due to sentimentality,or a campaign by useful idiots.They don’t buy Russian cars.Now stop being a bourgeois manipulator.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    My family is from Russia, immigrated in 1992, we still have our trusty ZAZ 966B in a garage (gets started every summer when my parents visit, starts right up with the hand crank!).

    In 2006 we rented a 2107 in Novosibirsk to drive to the Altai mountain range (borders Mongolia and China). The car was brand new with less than 3000km on the odometer. This car was assembled by ROSLada, not by AVTOVAZ in Togliatti, quality control wasn’t just bad, it was completely absent. Our new 2107 had non functioning seatbelt mechanisms, a clunk in the rear suspension, and an exhaust leak into the cabin. Traditionally 2107s were the ‘luxury’ versions of the Lada lineup, but ROSLada makes a decontented version with a 4spd stick shift and the carburated 1.6 engine (72 hp, manual choke). We packed camping equipment for a 3 night hike for 5 guys (along with the 5 guys) into the car, which is sub-honda civic sized. Needless to say we were packed like sardines and the suspension was sagging. Surprisingly, the suspension rarely bottomed out (on terrible Russian roads mind you) and the engine handled the tortuous grades without a hiccup. We drove it out to a basecamp at the bottom of the Aktru Glacier on roads that would have left modern soft-roaders whimpering. We forded a few streams and bashed a few boulders, the car shrugged it off. One particualr episode stands out in my mind. Driving through my grandparents’ village of Lesnoe, my dad didn’t spot a massive pothole in time and we hit it straight on with one of the front wheels. It was so deep that the wheel dropped down and a scary metallic ‘clang’ was heard from underneath the car. We drove it the two blocks to the house and inspected the car, expecting to see oil spewing from underneath the engine or some other catastrophe. All we found was a scuff on the oil pan, which as it turns out, is made of some seriousy thick steel. I gained an appreciation for crude Soviet engineering on that trip.

    Yes it is a miserable throwback, but it was well adapted to the severe Russian environment.

    youtube search “Lada 2107 crosses stream in Altai” a short video we took of fording a mountain stream

  • avatar
    Robert Gordon

    Lada Rivas certainly had heaters as standard. Lada Riva was the export name for the vehicle. Whether the 2107, ie the home market vehicle had them is unknown but irrelevant since you cited the Riva when you said they no heater.

    Radios were optional at least on the UK market Rivas but then again they were optional on 1980′s 5-Series BMWs sold in the UK too so that doesn’t mean anything.

    Implying respondants are pedants or in some way have an overly positive view of Soviet Russia in general and Russian technology in particular is an interesting way to respond to criticism of the article’s quality of research. Lastly, evoking a pejorative that has been obsolete for at least two decades is strange too.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Lada putting their panther car to pasture.. the best the Soviet era could muster. One snow belt winter – instant rust bucket. My fav was the Polski Fiat 125P. I guess this must have been Italian-Russian mafia thing at play. No Peugeot 403 or BL cast off nixed hands.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    The best Lada was the Niva. Full time mechanical four wheel drive with low range, a center diff lock, coil springs all round, double sided float chamber for the carb and twin master cylinders for the breaks. I owned one for a while and loved it’s simple honesty, solid ride and its staggering ability off road. Commuter car it was not so sadly it had to go.

  • avatar
    mikey

    We had them In Canada for a few years,and they were a total piece of garbage.

    Google “Jamaica Bauxite for Ladas” The Jamaica government sold the pos to the folks, and give them up to 15 years to pay off the loan.

    They called it the Love And Debt Asociation.

    To Quote a cabbie “Dis ting is a piece a s–t mon”

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      I was in Jamaica for a few weeks in 1996. I spent about a year and a a half in the Caribbean all together. There seemed to be at least four Lada parts cars littering Jamaica for every one still clattering around. Running Ladas seemed to be about as common in Jamaica as running American cars of the late ’60s were, but non-running Ladas were everywhere. Toyota seemed to have captured the new car market at some point, although I was staying in Montego Bay and didn’t venture into Kingston. A 15 year loan on a Lada would be like a monthly reminder that you’re a fool.

  • avatar
    skotastic

    I’d love to know how many here have actually owned a Lada, driven one, or actually seen one in real life.

    They sold them here in Canada for some two decades (hardly “a few years”) and finally pulled out in 1997.

    They were rust buckets compared to…what exactly? I’d love to see how many 70s, 80s or 90s Corollas and Civics would survive a decade or two of Russian winters. Yes Ladas rusted, but so did everything else in the north, and many ‘good’ cars alot worse.

    They were not the most reliable in the world, but they were reliable, and when issues arose, they were (and are) fairly cheap and easy to fix.

  • avatar
    Garak

    Those Ladas were everywhere in Finland when I was young, but when the sales stopped in 1997, they disappeared quite quickly from the streets. And yes, they rusted extremely fast, even compared to Japanese cars – you still see 1980s Nissans and Toyotas every day.

    Currently I own a 2000 Lada 110. It’s lightyears ahead of the RWD models in every way and can actually be driven for hours without giving the driver a leg cramp, but is still a complete joke compared to western or asian cars of similar age. And yes, it’s one of the rustiest cars you’ll ever see on the road.

  • avatar
    Mullholland

    Kudos Derek! What a bracingly un-PC report! And lots of nit-picky minutiae in the comments section. Well done all around! Heater? No heater? Wow! I want my 2 minutes back.


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