XXI century on the nose, and the car has not turned into a living organism: “heal itself”, alas, not about the car. Somewhere rattled - be ready for repairs and spending. How to prevent a breakdown, how to fix it and how to spend time and money profitably - the main topics of the "ZR Fleet".

However, only with editorial machines we, of course, are unable to model a very diverse fleet of our readers, so in the new year we will try to pay more attention to those brands that are most popular in Russia.


One of the themes of our “Autopark”, based on the experience of operating editorial traveling cars, is as close as possible to the life of ordinary motorists. We will, as before, punctually “track” the history of the car with all the subtleties of its maintenance or repair, so that the reader preparing to buy a car receives the most objective information about it and solves this difficult problem not so much with his heart as with his mind. I like the car … But what is its reliability, durability, maintainability? Parts prices, service? How much fuel does she “eat”? How much time do you have to spend on car service rides or on your own? Today, as never before, "time is money." It is no coincidence that many of those who have to earn money by truck try to get rid of the shabby "equipment" in time, devouring parts with bags. And such repair costs already more than goes.


Many, without other options, try to acquire a used, cheapest car. But which is better to buy - Russian, foreign? Foreign car, it is commonly believed, more reliable. And, obviously, more comfortable, at least, "Lada". They even say that its operation will be cheaper. But to what run? And if it comes to overhaul of the engine or, even worse, the body after the accident? Serious, agree, questions!

We are trying to answer them and for this we first bought two shabby "fives" (ЗР, 1999, No. 6; 2000, No. 1). Ahead are other equally shabby, but still very seductive "Volga", "Muscovites", "Samaras" …


However, a man who managed to roll a dozen "Cossacks", "Muscovites", "Lada" in his lifetime, and felt ashamed to get into the Volga. This is drawn to a foreign car, albeit old. But the purchase of a more complex (for example, injection) machine sometimes raises doubts: what if it fails? Where to repair, how much will it cost? We will try to answer - today there are ancient “Toyota”, “Opel”, “Nissan” in our park, there will be more.


Having been tormented with junk, another exclaims: “Enough, now only a new one from the conveyor”. But which one? As they say in Odessa, "we had answers." We buy new cars and test on an accelerated program. Hence, there is always fresh information about where the reefs await the owner.

By the way, the “Russian Project” (three new cars - “Six”, “Orbit”, “Svyatogor”) in several months revealed so many dark spots in our wards that it’s enough for more than one story. Shock absorbers, final drive gearboxes, gearboxes, bodies, seats - the list of semi-finished products can be continued. These same defects, according to the mail, on most of the machines of our readers. But in skillful hands, the matter is reparable, but how - we will certainly tell.

The first three cars are just the beginning. They will be followed by others.


It is unlikely that there will be many readers who are not interested in special tests of tires, shock absorbers, suspension parts, and so on. And the problem here is often not to find out how the tested components correspond to the selected machine in terms of its technical characteristics. And how long has this correspondence been maintained on Russian roads. For example, someone is particularly warmed by the “feeling of confidence” that arises after buying expensive foreign tires or super-expensive shock absorbers. But will they last longer than ours? Hopes for this are often illusory.