1985 Vauxhall Nova Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1985 Vauxhall Nova Sport 1.3 twin 40's etc petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.3 twin 40's etc petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Rusty rear arches but what do you expect for a car of this era. Stickers cost a fortune to replace. Needs tuning every month. That's about it! Very reliable so far!!!!

General Comments:

The best Nova ever made with performance figures of 0-60 in 6.5 seconds in a 1.3 engine and a top end speed of 135 mph - it's an absolute scorcher. Bilstiens were later fitted to the car and it handles like a Mini now. Very few left now out of the original 501 made. It's recommended that the brakes be changed because the originals are not very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

10th Jan 2001, 19:19

How many Sports are still in existence??? Is there a register or club??? I've had mine since 1987 & there is no point in replacing it cos what else is so cheap to run & so much fun to drive with the induction noise.

Reliability: 1 x front w brg, 2 x water pumps, 2 x head gaskets, 1 x set rear brakes (complete), I won't count front discs & pads cos it's the fun factor. Tyres can last between 3,000 miles (Yoki A008's) & 36,000 miles (Yoki A509's) or maybe I'm just getting old!!!

Now covered 127,000 & about to get a new head & cam.

1985 Vauxhall Nova SR 1.3 Twin Weber 40's petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.3 Twin Weber 40's petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Broken clutch cable (twice).

General Comments:

A very reliable and well built car that returns a decent fuel consumption even though it has twin carbs which really adds to the overall performance.

Buy one today!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1985 Vauxhall Nova Merit 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

I snapped a clutch cable. I owned it for a year and it was 10 years old at the time.

General Comments:

A great cheap reliable run-around. Pity it's not Japanese or I might have bought another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1985 Vauxhall Nova SR 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Camshaft & new front pads, not much at all really until Turbo was fitted.

DON'T FIT ONE TO A 1.4 unless you have lots of cash to spend on mods, shattered clutch, 2 blown head gaskets, CVs, Driveshafts, Front Wheel bearings.

Very nasty all cus of a Turbo.

Was being a bit pedal happy though.

General Comments:

Very nice car to drive and quick for what it is, even before Turbo, the engines are really strong and can stand up to a fair old battering, don't know bout other 1.4s but mines got loadsa Torque, especially a low revs, and now with a Turbo, well it's NUTS!!

See ya.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

1985 Vauxhall Nova LX 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Not one thing..

General Comments:

This car has been passed down the family for the kids to learn to drive in. It has been totally reliable, always started in the morning, wet or dry, and never once broken down. A wonderful car for a first time driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 1997

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 9 reviews