Law abiding criminal
My Nova had a recurring cooling problem and went through a new head gasket water pump and radiator before finally seizing.
Great car. Over the time I had the Nova it performed superbly.
The performance levels are perfect for British speed limits where you only need a rapid 0 - 30 time. In-fact I once beat a Porsche Boxter to about 25mph. Add to this the skinny low grip tyres and you have a car that you can push to its limits within the legal limit.
The handling is like a go kart, very chuck-able, although being front wheel drive the back has been known to swing out if your going too hot. Almost irrecoverable.
Very durable engine. I put it through hell on a 300 mile trip overheating every 50 miles and cold filling when all water had boiled off. Took it like a trooper.
After this journey it took revenge and started to explode top hoses dumping water everywhere and making me very worried. Subsequently I drove around with 15liters of water in the back seat and some strong tape for running repairs.
Also had a curious phase of cutting out and not starting again if the revs dropped to idle so had to drive with a foot permanently on the gas. Indeed had to do a solo push start down a busy hill after it caught me out at a set of traffic lights, very difficult to jump into a rapidly accelerating car! But a car park attendant fixed this problem with a plastic straw in 2 minutes?
To sum up, a real drivers car. And,in my saloon 2 door 4 on the floor model, an endearing mini muscle car look about it. Reliable to the point of being masochistic and strangely loyal, on account of refusing to start while trying to be stolen. Like I said, a great car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th July, 2005