Keep it happy and it won't fail you
A small spring on the Clutch pedal popped back into wiring harness causing sparking resulting in a harness fire.
Alternator went out, but the one I replaced was a replacement itself.
Replaced both rear struts.
Replaced driver side CV Axle.
Heater controls broke and needed to be replaced.
Emergency brake cable broke and was replaced (best at a junkyard as the dealers seemed clueless)
Keep on your alignment, something big can knock it out.
Mine seems to be abnormally strong on Front brakes.
The 80's Nova was a Toyota Corolla import. That said my particular car has been very reliable. It's showing it's age, but only once hasn't gotten me home. The keys are worn down and I can remove them with the car on. I locked myself out and 1 coat hanger and 30 seconds later I was back in (Not that safe). The headliner I just tore out as it was falling on my head, I replaced the sun visors as they had rotted out, and the car is noisy on the road, the seats are deteriorating, and rust spots and the lack of a clear coat give it a definite "American Pride" color. It hates the cold and will only live on the second try. Now that all the bad has been said the car is completely reliable. I have taken it from Utah to California and back, on camping trips to State parks. I've hauled a canoe on top with 4 people in the car and it still happily went 75 mph on a flat freeway (and 60 up a small canyon). I've had fun dusting pimped out Civics at the lights with their loud mufflers (I wasn't even trying). I've stored two bikes inside the car with it's fold down seats and two bikes on the back and driven up steep canyon roads. It's turn radius is to die for, and even at 20 years old it's getting 30 mph in the City and 35-40 on the freeway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th December, 2006