1986 Chevrolet Nova from North America
If you only have $500, buy this car
Rust began to creep in on fenders and bottoms of door panels.
The fuel guage would read 50% when full, but would function normally once the fuel level fell below 50%.
Rear struts went, but that's expected after 100,000 country miles.
The radio flickered on and off after 100,000. Sometimes it would come back on after kicking it.
This little car is literally indestructible. It was my mother's old car that I drove for an interim period to save some money. I did nothing to care for this vehicle except maintain the oil levels, since I knew I would be moving on. I did everything to this poor car except defecate in the back seat, and it just kept going like a bionic cockroach.
My other friends with their nice new cars would moan about a $500 repair cost here and a $1000 replacement there. I never paid a cent for anything except new tires. Granted, there's not much for components actually IN this car, so not too much can go wrong. That's the beauty of it.
It started flawlessly every frigid New England morning. Negative 4 degrees? Didn't matter. Pumped the gas a few times and I was on my way.
Accelleration is non-existent, but once I was up to speed on the highway, I zipped along at 70mph just like everybody else.
Fuel economy was fantastic.
My only fear was that it felt like a deathtrap, should I happen to get in an accident. Maybe 20 years ago it wouldn't have seemed as dangerous, but I'm sure a head-on with an Escalade would be bad news. Then again, knowing the resiliency of the Nova, it wouldn't surprise me if it just sort of bounced off while the Caddy burst into flames.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th August, 2005