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Welcome to the Lada Niva Society, Canada Chapter. This website is dedicated to the fine little Russian made 4x4 that just won't quit and to all owners worldwide. Excellent value and it's offroad capabilities are the vehicles highest points. It easily out-performs it's competition in offroad ability with the high ground clearance and heavy duty stiff coil springs, front and rear with long suspension travel. Like many other vehicles the Niva does have some weak points. Here is a list of the pros and cons that Niva owners worldwide have shared:



 Offroad Ability

 No power steering
 cost is cheap  poor acceleration (weak engine)
 easy to work on  sluggish on road
 source for parts (Europe)          unstable braking system
good heating system  wiring (electrical) issues
 fair on gas  gas fumes in cabin
 made for cold temperatures  way too much road noise
 just fun to drive                       no airbag
   source for parts (North America)



The specifications list below is based on the model year 1997 Lada Niva 1.7i.

                      MAIN FEATURES

 Engine Size-

 1690 ccm (103.12 cubic inches)
 Fuel Type- Gasoline
 Fuel Mixed Driving- 5.9 litres/100 km (39.73 miles per gallon)
 Seats-  4
 Drive- 4WD
 Transmission- Manual, 5-Speed

                       ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

 Engine Location- Front, longitudinal
 Displacement- 1690 ccm (103.12 cubic inches)
 Engine Type- Inline, 4 cylinder
 Max Power- 80.00 PS (59 kW or 79 HP) at 5400 Rev. per min
 Max Torque- 133.00 Nm (13.6 kgf-m or 98.1 ft.lbs) at 3200 Rev. per min
 Bore X Stroke- 82.0 x 80.0 mm (3.2 x 3.1 inches)
 Fuel System- Injection
 Valves Per Cylinder- 2
 Fuel Control- Overhead cam (OHC)
 GearBox- Manual, 5-Speed

                        SPEED AND ACCELERATION

 Top Speed 137.0 km/h (85.1 mph)
 Power/Weight Ratio 0.0661 PS/kg

                        STEERING, BRAKES AND TIRES

 Front Brakes Disks
 Rear Brakes Drums
 Brake Details Optional antiblocking system (ABS).
 Front Tire Dimensions 175/70-R13
 Rear Tire Dimensions 175/70-R13

                        WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS

 Weight 1,212 kg (2,672.0 pounds)
 Max Weight With Load 1,614 kg (3,558.3 pounds)
 Towing Weight 1,494 kg (3,293.7 pounds)
 Overall Length 3,730 mm (146.9 inches)
 Overall Width 1,690 mm (66.5 inches)
 Overall Height 1,650 mm (65.0 inches)
 Ground Clearance 230 mm (9.1 inches)
 Wheel Base 2,210 mm (87.0 inches)
 Fuel Capacity 42.0 litres (11.10 gallons)