I know there are a lot of haters and lovers of the Soviet made cars out there, try to limit your opinions on the cars as a whole or the difficulties of bringing one into the states, I’m looking for advise from people who know the cars/have worked with them.
I am currently in Armenia where every car in four is a Lada. If I want to bring the car back to the states I know it pretty much has to be 25+ years old. Is it absolutely insane to try to find an '87 Niva with lower millage (assuming the odometer hasn’t been turned back) and drive it to Western Europe (probably Portugal) and then ship it home? I don’t expect to find one that doesn’t need some mechanical work and I’m willing to put the money in towards having it checked out and fixed up. Is this an impossible scheme and would I risk breaking down somewhere in Moldova (or sooner) despite having paid for repairs?