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Old 02-08-2017, 10:47 PM   #11
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I have an admission to make after reading you last post MG
In 1978 I bought a new Lada 1300. Now nobody is going to be speaking to me with their Chelsea Tractors Mercs and BMWs...
In fact, it turned out to be a good car. Took the family on holidays all over Europe and it gave me 50,000 miles of trouble free motoring in the 6 years I had it. And it had the best heater I have ever had in many other cars before or since. Back in those days before having the children we used to go long holiday runs of 1500 miles or more and at times I needed to pull over for a rest you could put down the front seats and it turned into a proper double bed and you could go off to sleep with comfort. I think that most people who make jokes about Ladas have never had one and are just following the Lada joke fashion. But dont know what they are talking about.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:23 PM   #12
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Hi Footplate
I'm not sure where this fits in, topic wise.
SWMBO had a Lada and, like you, we found it to be a good car.
OK, the finish was a bit rough but she had it for about 4-5 years with few problems - the only problem of note was the intermittent fault on the Ignition Control which wouldn't play up whenever it was near a garage.
We only got rid of it because some guy (on the phone) in a Transit seriously modified the back end and remodelled the front by pushing it into the car ahead.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:12 AM   #13
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It was Mounting Goat who brought up Ladas so blame him.
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Old 03-08-2017, 01:56 AM   #14
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They were good cars. My aunt had a 1500 (Or it was 1600) estate. I'm told the 4WD Lada Niva was better then a Landy off road.
The old rear engined Skodas were really well proven in rallying, scoring the Russian rally teams many victories.
Back to books and magazines. I'm slowly going through my collections as after years of collecting I have far more then I need. I tend to only use a few books on a regular basis. Most are to do with narrow gauge for ideas on making waggons and coaches etc.
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