1974 Chevrolet Vega Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1974 Chevrolet Vega GT stock 4 cl from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission stock 4 cl Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A nice looking car

Faults:

So far I have not had any problems with the car at all. It runs fine and runs good for a auto I am thinking of doing a v8 swap, but that's just because I like car with lots of HP and not 4cyls.

General Comments:

I really enjoy the car and all the people that see it comment on how nice it looks. most new car are no where near as nice looking and lots of people have tried to buy the car from me, but I enjoy cruising in it and would never sell it. the only thing I want to change is the amount of HP the car has otherwise I love the way it looks and everything else about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2002

1974 Chevrolet Vega from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance18600 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

A great car with lots of potential

Faults:

Nothing. Much of the bad rap the Vega got was because of the labor problems at GM during that time which impacted quality. The vehicle, by 1974, was a great little car. Chevy's boldest and best car of the 1970's was the Cosworth Vega. *IF* they would have stopped making battleships like the Impala they might have been able to spend the money and time to innovate. Instead, they kept building cars for people with blue hair.

General Comments:

It is a project car. The car had been owned by a sailor who had it in storage when he was at sea. He retired from the Navy and sold it. I am restoring it and it is in excellent condition for a 26 year old car. I am also upgrading it to a GT and have some aftermarket performance upgrades as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2000

24th Feb 2004, 13:56

I worked on the Vega line at Lordstown when it first started in 1970. While there definitely were labor problems, there also were design problems. My job was to fasten the transmission to a frame rail under the car. Most of the time the holes in the frame didn't match with the transmission. As a result, I often had to use "cheaters" - metal screws- instead of bolts. As I recall there also was a problem with the aluminum heads in the field. Hopefully, by 1974 they had fixed the problems. Jim.

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