1974 Chevrolet Nova Reviews

1974 Chevrolet Nova 4.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.1 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A high performance bargain

Faults:

About a year and a half ago, the engine started to knock, it is in need of a rebuild. Seats have started to wear badly.

General Comments:

I like this automobile. It is very dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2002

1974 Chevrolet Nova Custom 2-Door 250 CID inline 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 250 CID inline 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles

Summary:

A very economical and dependable car, and ideal for a first car

Faults:

The battery tray had rusted and the battery fell into the radiator before I bought the car.

The starter failed two months after buying the car.

About 6 months after buying the car a valve spring broke.

The muffler rusted out and needed replaced.

The water pump started leaking after one year.

The heater core failed after replacing the water pump.

Except for the valve spring, most problems were related to the fact that the car sat for several years before I bought it.

I was able to repair everything myself. After the water pump nothing else went wrong with the car. The only money spent was for routine maintenance.

General Comments:

This was my first car. The bench seat was very comfortable except on hot summer days. It was vinyl, and the car had no air conditioning. An after-market seat cover helped a little. The car had a very good ride, much like a larger car. The 250 6 cylinder engine was smoother running than many new cars. It was very easy and economical to maintain. Fuel mileage was OK at 18 M.P.G.

I did wish, however, that the car was equipped with gauges instead of warning lights.

If I would have been able to afford two vehicles at the time I bought my truck, (in high school) I would have kept this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2002

1974 Chevrolet Nova Base 250 - 6, 1BBL from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 250 - 6, 1BBL Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance54300 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

An economy car, that could easily become a street machine

Faults:

A common problem that I had, which many other owners of Chevy L6 250 c.i. had, was that the intake manifolds bolts came loose, thus creating less vacuum so the engine would run poorly or not at all, also it leaked the critical atomized air/fuel mixture.

General Comments:

The bench seats are some of the most comfortable seats that I have ever sat in, if Chevy did one thing right on that car it was the interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews