1989 Vauxhall Nova Merit - SR lookalike 1.2 from UK and Ireland
Great little fast car
Needed a major service on the engine, new distributer.
New CV boot joint, new front brake sliders.
Although I've spent a bomb on my Nova, I'm pleased with it now after all the work that's been done on it.
Great fast little car that easily wastes newer cars of the same engine, including the new shape Nova 1.2.
Looks great with GTE alloys, GTE front grille, dark blue de-badged body (like mine).
Always getting raced as people assume it's a 1600 injection GTE... and I win sometimes (as long as it's not a Renault 5 Turbo you're racing).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2001
28th Feb 2001, 03:35
Really - if I were you I would consider the 1.4SR next (if you like the performance of the 1.2) as it's only group 7 to insure and, in my opinion, offers the best package all round for value for money. With a little bit of work they go like the clappers!!! Unfortunately I have just attacked the front end of a V-reg Subaru in mine and am now driving around in a 954cc 106!! So please be careful!! (it wasn't my fault)
17th Apr 2015, 17:18
What the F? Seriously, you think a 1.2 Nova is a fast car? Even the 1.6 GTE ain't all that if you have the cash. My last car was a 2008 Fiesta 2.0 16v; now they are a hot hatch, with totally amazing road holding.