1991 Vauxhall Nova GSi 1.6 from UK and Ireland
An old problematic car
Where to start!
The head gasket went.
Had to replace the entire exhaust system.
Central locking has a mind of its own.
Speedo doesn’t work.
Seriously bad rust problems. Had to weld the sill, the floor, the boot, the engine bay, nearly every arch on the car.
Bad suspension problems, had to replace top mounts, springs, all components under top mount. Had to put two new steering racks on it, new lower arm ball joint.
Hand brake and clutch cable snapped.
Had to put new brake lines on it.
New rear bearings.
Buying this car was probably the stupidest decision I have ever made!
All in all the car was OK. It was fast enough to give Saxo's a run for there money and the handling was good and parts are generally cheap (as long as you can fit them yourself). However the problems listed above totally soured the experience. Never again will I buy a Nova.
Anyone who is thinking of buying one, if you are under 21 be prepared to pay a pretty sum of money to keep the car on the road as insurance is not cheap. Before you buy one give it a very good going over and check everything for rust, Nova's rust everywhere.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th June, 2006