1988 Vauxhall Nova Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1988 Vauxhall Nova GTE 1600i ohv from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1600i ohv Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Quick, cheap, fun easy to repair

Faults:

C.V boots worn.

Fuel tank rotten.

Steering rack.

Rear brake drums distorted.

Bottom of doors rotten.

Rear arches scabby.

Front brake disks distorted.

General Comments:

The faults with my car seem a lot, but what can you expect for a car that's 14 years old?.

The engine is fantastic.

The Reliability of the car is great given that she has had to put up with my lead foot and late mornings.

Surprise's and even annoys newer car owners. eg VTR's.

My advice to anyone considering to buy one is that you should get a GSI not a GTE simply because it newer. rot is a issue here.

Watch out for boy racer abuse. (OK me)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2003

1988 Vauxhall Nova Base 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance64267 miles
Previous carFiat Tipo

Summary:

Cheap as Chips and very reliable

Faults:

Rusty wheel arches@ 60000, New battery@36000, Brake servo@62000, new carburettor @ 53000.

General Comments:

Very cheap to run and fun to drive how ever slow on the motorways, but what do you expect from a 993cc engine. Annoying reverse gear stick poition though I'm always getting it stuck. Very comfortable seats, but very bland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2003

1988 Vauxhall Nova Club 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance68050 miles

Summary:

Great first car, and cheap as-well

Faults:

Nothing yet, but I've only owned it for a month or so.

Handbrake rusted on, but that was my fault as I put the car away wet and it never moved for a week.

General Comments:

For a 1.2 its pretty nippy as it's a very light car. reaches 60 in a very reasonable time. Off the mark it will beat a Mk3 1.4 Astra. Hardly any rust for an E reg, but the owner looked after the car very well. interior rattles like an old bus and the seats look horrible, but what do you expect for an E reg. The car sometimes jerks slightly when given some stick, but hopefully a piper-cross induction kit will cure this and make it sound much nicer.

If you put a decent sound system in it then it sounds as loud on the outside as it does on the inside. De-badge the boot and it looks pretty sweet. I'm now the 11th person I know in my age group to own a Nova and they all swear by them, and so do i. Overall it's a great 1st car, will eat your mates 1.1 fiestas for breakfast and their reliable and if you want to modify it it will cost you next to nothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2002

1988 Vauxhall Nova L 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

A Simple, but practical nippy hatchback

Faults:

The Car had stood for about a year so things had corroded like shock absorbers and brakes etc. But as the car is so common, parts are very cheap. The car is simple from an engineering point of view and is easy to maintain.

General Comments:

The Nova is renowned for its boy racer image, but the car itself isn't all that bad although it isn't anything special, I wouldn't recommend it to any new drivers as the insurance companies know well of the reputation for Novas and seem to think that everyone who drives one is a Kev head. I would go for a newer 1.4SRi or something as it is less likely to have any problems or rust. The engine, I think, is a very good design, hydraulic tappets, Over Head Cam, automatic choke. If the engine is in good working order then it is smooth and fairly responsive. I have modified my car and it is OK, but I wouldn't recommend modifying it too much if its your first car because you're not likely to keep it for long!! Also they don't hold their price very well unless they are in very good condition, an average SR you could expect to be about £500-700.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th August, 2002

1988 Vauxhall Nova Antibes 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance81700 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Fine for a runaround, when the rot starts, just scrap it for God's sake

Faults:

Mechanical fuel pump failed instantly.

Distributor went a week later.

Rear wheel bearing was so worn the entire car resonated.

It had an uncanny habit of distorting a front tyre.

Drivers seat broke (backrest collapsed).

All the column switchgear failed to operate.

Heater blower failed and burnt out completely.

Rear spring burst through it's mounting point and came through the floor.

General Comments:

The steering on mine was so vague it was a danger to drive above 50mph.

I hate the way my foot rubs on the steering column when the clutch is depressed. Very worrying.

Something was also seriously wrong with the engine, (I hated the car so much I never investigated) it would rev so slowly (as if retarded) and sometimes scream off the rev counter to 8,000 RPM.

It had gorgeous blue carpets, very nice I thought.

My particular one had a Sebring exhaust, which sounded nice and throaty.

I have to admit it never really felt like a proper car, more like a wooden go-kart.

The brakes are the worst out of any car in the world.

It was rotten as an old pair, but I still sold it for what I paid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

7th Jul 2006, 09:14

Vauxhall never bothered to sort the steering column problem with the Corsa (first generation 1995) either, when parking one can feel the the end of the column rubbing against one's foot. No fun.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 33 reviews