I have had the privilege of enjoying two Lada experiences. The first growing up, my dad had a Lada sedan for his daily driver to and from work. Occasionally my mom would have to drive the car, but even with experience driving a manual transmission, she was never able to put the car into reverse. This ultimately required my brother and I to constantly push the little Lada back out of parking stalls so we could turn around to go. My second experience was with a coworker who owned a Lada Niva. One afternoon, I was called upon to help him fix the transfer case which was locked up and not shifting into four-wheel drive. On realizing the removal of the transfer case was going to be a bigger project than the afternoon we had scheduled, we resorted to hitting the transfer case with a big hammer. Miraculously, the big hammer actually worked and my coworker drove that Niva for another four years and ultimately sold it without any further transfer case issues.
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