1986 Chevrolet Nova 1.4L from North America
The little car that could
Wiring Harness caught on fire (faulty spring on Clutch pedal determined to be problem)
Rear shocks gave out.
Interior dissolved in sun (21 years old what do you expect)
Clutch Master and Slave cylinder gave out periodically (probably parts dealer problem)
Air flow knob was poorly designed and broke.
Undercarriage rusting out now.
Broken Gas gauge. Trip odometer no longer works.
Plenty of Rust. Windows difficult to crank with Age.
The car is amazing. I bought it to compensate for a lack of anything else for $500. This car has always performed. Biking trips, helping people move, going off road (probably more than most SUV's), handling in the snow, teaching my nieces/nephews/brother/friends how to drive and a few road trips (California, Goblin Valley, Moab, etc) this car has always performed. The engine was built by Toyota and even after all the miles doesn't burn any oil, nor does it leak, and the transmission works like a charm.
All upholstery in the car is falling apart. At the time I bought it the ceiling had fallen in and the sun visors would lend you their dust out the holes that had rotted in the back. The back seats weren't much better. All vinyl in the car had become extremely brittle and would shatter if hit too hard. The stock radio did not connect to the rear speakers.
Since I bought the car the only time it hasn't gotten me home was when the wiring harness caught fire. There is a spring connected from a frame portion under the dashboard to a stub-out on the clutch pedal arm. This had popped off and lodged itself in the wiring harness from the steering wheel pinching the wires and eventually arcing. 20 bucks and a lot of wire crimps later I fixed the problem.
Finally didn't pass emissions. I'm good with mechanics, but not engines. Probably needs coolant flushed and a carburetor. Handles pretty good, and can be quick off the line if need be.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 31st May, 2007