1988 Chevrolet Nova 1.6L from North America
Best $800 I spent!
This car was purchased used, and needed repairs at that time - front CV boot, rear struts replaced, and some seals (don't remember which). The headliner fabric had long been removed. Neither the heater nor air conditioning worked when I got it, I had the heater replaced when winter hit, and the fuel pump at the same time as it had started leaking.
After a year of hard driving, the car failed pretty catastrophically in the last month. A head gasket cracked, the water pump was leaking, radiator would leak all of its coolant every week, something else was leaking oil (forget what now). My mechanic told me that if I wanted to keep it, I'd have to replace the engine. Much as I would have liked to have her fixed up, we scrapped her.
The car was driven harder than it deserved, but it was purchased to make cross-country trips to visit a sick family member - it drove from Eastern Washington to Vancouver, BC (and once all the way to Kamloops, BC) several times in the span of the year we had it, in all manner of weather, which of course meant driving over Snoqualmie Pass.
The car cost me $800 to buy, including the initial repairs. I thought it was a steal. It wasn't a pretty or terribly comfortable car, but for whatever reason I fell in love with it, and I was awful sad when I had to junk it. It ran way better than I expected given the age and miles when I bought it, and more than paid for itself given the number of times it got me to Vancouver BC, as it was very good on gas (and plane tickets are spendy!).
The car did exactly what I wanted - it got me to see my sick family member regularly, cheaper than flying, and held together as long as I needed it. I highly recommend it and would get another as my college commuter car if I saw one! I would also be a lot kinder to it - I think it would have run a lot longer if it hadn't been so stressed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2010