Does anyone know much about Niva's?

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I'm thinking of buying a Lada Niva as a winter vehicle.

What engines do they have and are parts available in Canada? This one needs a new head gasket, is that easy to find? What should I look for as far as common problems?

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from a el camino to a civic to Lada, oh, when will the insanity end!? :|
I'm keeping the civic, I just need the Niva for work, I work up a mountain in the snow. The plow drivers blow and don't really plow much, and I can't afford snow tires, so I'm buying a whole new car. Makes sense eh? :lol:
 

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I didn't know you could get a Lada in North America. I'd seen quite a few in South America though.
 

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All I know about the Niva is that it's one fucking cool vehicle.

Very rare here too, I think I've only seen a few in Vancouver. Are they easy to find?
 

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All I know about the Niva is that it's one fucking cool vehicle.

Very rare here too, I think I've only seen a few in Vancouver. Are they easy to find?
I have never seen a surviving example of any Lada here in the Toronto area. The only Ontario example I think that is surviving is the one in Canada's Worst Drivers 3.
 

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I have never seen a surviving example of any Lada here in the Toronto area. The only Ontario example I think that is surviving is the one in Canada's Worst Drivers 3.
I've seen maybe 3 or 4, might have been the same since they're all white.

They were somewhat common in Iran too, so I've known about Niva's for a long time. :)
 

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Well, I bought the car today. So now I'm on a parts search. I found a Lada store... in germany. Apperantly there are a couple colecters in the Van Area, one in North Van and one in Surrey. I'll have to look into it. I'll make a PYC thread on monday.
 

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Wow, that was quick Justin.

That is one badass car though, been one of my favourites for a long time. Eagerly looking forward to pics!
 

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Very cool car. Just so you know, the Mt. Washington ski hill over on the island used them for the longest time for their crew, so there's probably still a bunch on the island. Not too sure if its still there, but there was a Lada/Volvo/Misc. dealer and service place in Courtenay as well.
 

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Here is what I found for a swap vehicle, mate Link . I saw 2 Nivas, here in Calgary. I am not sure about the parts though. The car is tough as hell. Not a luxury one in terms of interior and suspension though. Rough on the bumps.:lol: My father used to have one back in Ukraine.
 

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I used to work at an ex Lada dealership... Nivas are soo cherished. :(
 

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Very cool car. Just so you know, the Mt. Washington ski hill over on the island used them for the longest time for their crew, so there's probably still a bunch on the island. Not too sure if its still there, but there was a Lada/Volvo/Misc. dealer and service place in Courtenay as well.
I tracked them down, and apperently they still carry a bunch of new/used lada parts. I'll be ordering my stuff through them once I get it. I'll try to snap some pics tomorrow, although I've run into some issues with the school. Apperently because I'm not a student there I'm not allowed to use the shop (according to the department head) although my auto teacher said I could still come in, it'd just have to be after hours. :mad: I'm really disapointed too, this put me behind schedule. I was going to have the head off and ready to be machined today. But I was rudley (very rudley actually) inturupted and kicked out by said department jerkwad. So I'll have to see what comes of this.
 
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