1975 Chevrolet Vega 2.3 liter from North America
It just wouldn't die
Oil Pressure switch to fuel pump came unplugged.
Engine needed new valve seals at 75000 miles.
Blew up clutch disk at 40000 miles due to shifting into first gear at 70 MPH (my fault)
Both right side rims ruined by running over parking lot separator at 50 MPH (my fault again)
Right lower A frame bent and exhaust leak due to poor flight characteristics. (yeah, my fault)
Body Rust in various places.
This was a tank in disguise. For 4 1/2 years I tried my best to destroy this car and failed. With minimal upkeep and service this car was seen at the motocross track airborne, in the mountains with a load of rocks in the hatchback in order to get enough traction to pull the front wheels back up over the cliff we half ran off, on mountain trails that would scare a pack mule, and in the woods driving along the bottom of a dried ditch. The dirt forced into the rims caused three flats, but hey, my fault! I have driven this car across a creek using two 2" X 12" 14 foot long boards where a railroad track had once been. I had three separate wrecks and still sold the car for $800.00. The interior was a bit noisy, so I glued carpet inside all the body panels, doors, and overhead.
The cheap seats were some of the most comfortable I have ever sat in.
There were several stereo systems installed in the car with the final unit being a bi-amplified ear splitter. (remember this was in the days before power amps)
The only problem in the design per se was the manual three speed transmission. It acted and felt like a four speed with 3rd gear removed. The jump from second to third required winding up the little motor to keep any torque after the shift.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2003