1987 Chevrolet Nova 1.6 Litre Four Cylinder from North America
Toyota reliability without the overvalued price tag attached
-Bad Fuel Pump
-Typical Toyota rust
-Rear window won't roll all the way up.
Engine runs like a top, very smooth reliable power plant. Acceleration for a small eighties car is pretty decent. Handling isn't too great but acceptable. The car stops decent enough and the interior quality is pretty good for the decade.
The bad thing about this car, like other Toyota products (which is essentially what this car is) is the poor quality rust proofing. It is pretty well swiss cheesed from 21 years of Wisconsin winters, I think another winter and it will be time to go to the scrap yard.
Fuel economy is very lackluster for such a small car. Average is about 26 mpg, got a high of 30 mpg once. Compared to my old Chevy Caprice which got 25 mpg out of a 5.7 litre V-8 this engine is not very efficient for it's little 1.6 litre displacement. My four wheel drive AMC Eagle got pretty darn close to the same fuel economy as this vehicle. For everyone shouting about how great Toyota fuel economy is, I would have expected much better.
Breakdowns have been nil, just a blown brake line so far. At 25 bucks purchase price I can't complain about much. It gets me where I want to go in one piece reliably.
All in all not a bad car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2008