1992 Vauxhall Nova Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1992 Vauxhall Nova Flair 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 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
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance100205 miles

Summary:

Great first car

Faults:

Exhaust back box needed to be replaced.

Front brake disks and pads needed replacing.

Dash was damaged.

General Comments:

This has been a great first car.

Parts are dirt cheap to buy so not expensive to repair.

Its faster than I expected for the engine size.

The fuel consumption is great, you can get a half tank of petrol for £10 which lasts for ages.

The only downfall is that novas are getting long in the tooth and good examples are hard to find as most have been thrashed or eaten away by rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2002

1992 Vauxhall Nova Vauxhall Diamond 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles

Summary:

Blue eyed baby, of a seventeen year old stalion

Faults:

Well apart from the minor rust on the right hand front wheel arch, For a H reg it's in really good nick.

The door lock seal's went the other day, but now that gives me an excuse to get it De-locked.

Inside the front bonnet there is a minute hole were rust has set in, but that will easily be fixed.

Ah yes and my drivers side seat doesn't lock down straight away and you have to use considerable force.

Also the clutch is squeaks when you depress it, and finally, I don't think this is a problem, but my boot squeaks when I lift it up.

General Comments:

The car is fitted with a piper-cross air filter and it sounds as sweet as honey, It also has a G. T racing exhaust that throws out the sweetest smell.

Because it's a diamond I had to fit a G.T.E bodykit and have it sprayed a lush Subaru blue. The interior is a bland caramel cover and I'm looking round for someone who can supply me with some interior spray paint.

It also has Revolution Front and Rear seat covers matching the exterior paintwork and it beholds ice blue oval fog lights and is lowered 5 Cm's, from standard factory setting too bad boy racer setting.

My latest purchase was my silver front grille, and my silver window screen wipers.

To say I'm only seventeen and this is my first car I don't think I have done bad at all.

Cheers Craig F.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2002

1992 Vauxhall Nova SR 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Fantastic, very quick

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick from a standing start and, will leave most other vehicles of this engine size and higher standing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2002

1992 Vauxhall Nova SRi 1.4 injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 injection Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles

Summary:

A boy racer's dream

Faults:

The exhaust system had to be replaced straight after I bought it.

The tappets are a bit loud.

General Comments:

The SRi is a very quick car due to it being pretty light.

The seats are very comfy.

The dash is sporty looking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2001

1992 Vauxhall Nova Spin 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.2i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance52600 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Excellent little motor, cheap to run and looks good too

Faults:

Ran okay until the Engine Management warning light kept coming on! Vauxhall couldn't idenify the fault.

Auto electrician found the fault within hours, but at a cost as the distributor required replacing!

General Comments:

The overall reliability of the two Vauxall Nova's I have owned has been great, low insurance, road tax and servicing costs.

An excellent motor, shame they don't manufacture them any more!

The 1.2i is nippy for around town & most major roads, although it's not ideal for vast amounts of motorway driving!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2001

1992 Vauxhall Nova Trip 1.2i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.2i Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

An affordable car to get from A to B

Faults:

During the 1 year I've owned the car, the only thing to go wrong was the hand brake cables sticking, which resulted in a £100 bill from my Vauxhall dealer.

General Comments:

The updated version in 1991, is a far better car than my previous 1986 version, the dash is much better and the front end styling really improves the look of the car.

The 1.2i version only has 45 bhp and therefore is very slow when there's more than one person in the car. Very loud over 70 MPH, due to only a 4 speed gearbox. But the engine always starts first time, and is excellent to travel between A to B.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 27 reviews