1974 Chevrolet Vega Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1974 Chevrolet Vega GT 350 from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 350 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A cherry red hot rod

Faults:

So far the only thing that has gone wrong was tearing the transmission out after putting the 350 in. I got a good transmission that could handle the power and so far nothing else has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I love driving this car. It's faster than almost anything I meet on the road with the 350 in such a small car. I love leaving the ricers sitting in it LOL. I also love the way it looks, I get so many people commenting on how nice it looks with the cherry red paint. I can pull up in a parking lot and everyone will ask me what kind of car that is and comment on how nice it looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

1974 Chevrolet Vega 140 C.I. I-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 140 C.I. I-4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Troublesome Little Beauty Queen

Faults:

Replaced original block at 66K miles due to cylinder scoring and excessive oil use. Second block ruined when head gasket blew due to head bolt thread stripping in aluminum block. Cylinder head rebuilt three times due to excessive oil loss through valve guides.

Saginaw 4 spd. transmission was excellent and trouble-free as was rear end and suspension.

General Comments:

It's hard to believe that a car that looks as good as the Vega could be so poorly built and troublesome. This car has laways been a real head turner and continues to do so to this day. I love the styling, the comfortable and very roomy interior (hatchback coupe), and the excellent handling characteristics. She's too pretty to get rid of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2002

26th May 2007, 14:22

I had two Vegas - a 1972 sedan I inherited from an aunt and a 1974 wagon. The first was a nice little car. I got it when it was 5 years old - drove it a couple years and passed it on to my little sister who drove in a couple more. The thing just died after about 80,000 miles - but oddly, none of us ever had any trouble with it until it just flat out stopped running. I don't know why, as it wasn't my car by then.

The '74 wagon was a disaster - timing belt was installed incorrectly and by the time a mechanic figured that out it was too late. It burned oil like crazy - looked like it was running on steam power from all the smoke - and was prone to break-downs. Worst car I ever owned.

11th Aug 2007, 09:26

In 1975, I bought a 1974 Vega GT from Fisher Brothers Chevrolet in Mahopac, NY with 8,000 miles on it. I owned it for 2 years before totaling it on the Saw Mill parkway with 29,000 miles on it. the 4 speed manual shifted well, the steering was fine and the engine had some power. It was by no means a racing car, but was solid, basic reliable transportation. I changed the oil and filter every 2,000 miles and lubed the front end. Most cars (foreign and domestic) will last if you maintain them and do not abuse them. I've owned nothing, but GM cars since 1975 and have had no major problems with ANY of them...

1974 Chevrolet Vega GT 4cl from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4cl Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevelle

Summary:

A head turning small sports car

Faults:

When I bought the car it had some rust on the front fender and I bought a new front fender for it.

General Comments:

I think the Vega is a amazing small car that has lot of style and comfort. I love the way the seats feel when I'm driving they are so comfortable. I also think the way the car looks is really unique its small, but sporty looking and turns a lot of heads. It looks a lot nicer than all of the imports on the roads today and all the lady's that ride in it love it. I would defiantly recommend buying this car over all of the much uglier looking cars of today that have no style whatsoever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2002

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews