1976 Chevrolet Nova Reviews

1976 Chevrolet Nova Concourse V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Starter, alternator way after 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

My mom bought this car used with around 30k on it when I was about 10. When I was 16, I took it over as my driver... I raced, I raced, I loaded it with teens, I wore it out.

My mom sold it to my brother in-law when I was about 21, and he drove it from CA to FL, and then 3 years later he drove it back and I bought it back from him. I then drove it for another few years with trouble free use.

I LOVED that car. Never had any major trouble with it. The power was insane, parts were cheap and easy to fix... we put over 200,000 miles on it and loved it the whole time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2008

21st Oct 2008, 11:32

Which engine did it have?

1976 Chevrolet Nova 2dr coupe 250/6 cylinder. from North America

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 250/6 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

I would never part with this car for any price!

Faults:

Routine maintenance only at expected mileages & ages. Harmonic balancer came apart at 145,00 miles.

Carb seemed to need rebuilt every 20K miles. or so with replacements about every other time.

Replaced original 250 engine & TH 200 trans. at 150K miles. because of engine leaks & trans was getting sloppy. Still ran good.

Seat was junk after 90K miles.

General Comments:

Daily driver for much of the last 24 yrs.

Most reliable car I have ever owned.

Can easily be made into an extremely beautiful vehicle that turns heads routinely.

Fast enough for a 6 & good mileage for a big metal car.

Still easy & cheap to find parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2007

1st Jul 2008, 18:35

Ditto, my good friend.

I bought "Linda" - 1976 Nova - about eleven years ago. Not only is it still running, but also, I'm the first one off the line when we go racing. Guess what powers it? An inline 6, 250 with dual Webers built by Clifford Performance.

I'm going to turn it convertible this fall. Should be pretty awesome.

God bless.

1976 Chevrolet Nova SS 350V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

The coolest ride money can buy

Faults:

When I bought it, it was pretty rusty, but that's not the car's fault! It sat for years, but started right up for me.

My starter went.

The dashboard got a bit rusty.

A couple of holes through the trunk.

General Comments:

I loved that car more than life itself! Fast, loud, great looking, comfortable. Unfortunately the insurance has gotten a bit high for me so last month I sold her.

My Nova was the best car I have ever driven. It handled really well for a car that big and powerful, and being a young female, it was really great to win every time I raced it on the street! It had a lot of character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

27th Sep 2004, 14:17

Hey, I am actually looking to buy a 1976 Nova SS, and am quite glad I stumbled upon this site. There isn't a whole lot on the net about the 76 Chevy Nova's and this was good to hear that although it was one of their late years of production, people still really liked them. I'm sure this will influence my decision weather or not to buy the nova I'm looking at or not!

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews