1977 Chevrolet Nova Reviews

1977 Chevrolet Nova 250 straight 6 from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 250 straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance173000 miles
Previous carNova None

Summary:

Perfect First Car

Faults:

Transmission went at 150,000.

Bumpers rusted out.

Small rust whole under driver side door.

Heater core needed replacing at about 165,000.

Electrical problems.

Normal maintenance.

General Comments:

Great looking 2dr hatchback.

The car never left me stranded despite loosing all the forward gears. I just drove the five miles home in reverse.

The engine was very strong for a six cylinder. The speedometer only went to 80, but I got the needle all the way to the R for reverse (estimate that to be about 120) and she was still gaining. Best passing car I have owned despite owning two cars with V8 power.

Positraction made it reliable in the winter. I was following a plow truck that went off the road and I just kept on going. Just had to get a little speed going to make it up the steeper hills. Studded tires all the way around also helped.

Got 21 mpg.

Big enough back end to sleep in, and I did just that on one occasion.

I wish I hadn't sold it, but didn't have the money to fix it up after two accidents kept the body from passing inspection.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2005

1977 Chevrolet Nova Concours 305 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 miles
Most recent distance179000 miles

Summary:

Muscle Car On A Dime

Faults:

The inner fenders have rotted out, needs minor bodywork, heater controls were broken, and the interior has faded.

General Comments:

It's a former cop car from Alberta with bulletproof glass. I only paid $120.00 for it and its still currently under restoration. It is a pain to start in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2004

27th Nov 2004, 21:17

I have a 1977 Black 2 door Chevy Concours with chrome parts and wheels with AM/FM CD player--it has 50,000 miles on it and no rust at all--always garage kept and it is a beauty--it runs great and when we are on the street or a show people just say "WOW". It does sort of use more gas than your more modern car--but it is beautiful!!

19th Jun 2005, 19:30

I don't see what the above comment has to do with the persons post...

5th Apr 2007, 09:03

This is an update on my review. unfortunately I am broke and haven't gotten anywhere with it, I found that the body mounts and control arm bushings are gone, and my quarters are rotten now. I need a rad support too and I have repaired the heater controls. if anyone happens to have inner fenders, rad support, quarter panels and anything else body-related for this car, and will ship to ontario, please contact me at NA337_reborn@hotmail.com thanks.

1977 Chevrolet Nova Concours 350 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired156500 miles
Most recent distance178750 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

The fastest car I've ever owned

Faults:

First day I had it one of the needle valves went out in the carburetor.

Six days after that the transmission went out.

The neutral start/backup light switch started to mess up, so I ripped it off the column. Now you have to reach down and press it against the contact while holding the key for it to start.

Every once in a while when you turn the headlights on, no interior lights work, but the right turn signal indicator comes on. After you drive about a mile they work fine until you turn them off.

Front end rebuilt recently.

Fuel line busted (but somehow managed to still run).

Air conditioner line busted. Fixed that with a piece of heater hose and two clamps!

Has two very minor places behind passenger rear wheel where fender has started to rust.

General Comments:

This car is extremely fast and very good looking. It has rally wheels and custom plum (purple) paint. 2 doors make it very noticeable. It's got pretty loud exhaust and stereo, and like I said it will haul some ass. I love driving it and it handles like a Z28 with the new front suspension and steering. Has new tires too. Car is almost perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2002

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 9 reviews