Nice car, shame about the rust
Steering ball joints needed replaced.
Major rust problem.
This was my first "Modern" car - only 3 years old. My previous (and first) car had been 10 years old.
The car was bought new within the family, so I knew the service and repair history when I bought it - there had been no particular problems.
The HA model Viva was a slab sided fairly unlovely looking car, but was competent enough at its job. Back in 1964 when it was new there were no luxuries like heated rear window, power steering or anything else like that. It came with a heater. If the rear window fogged you bought a stick on plastic double glazing gizmo. If you wanted a radio you bought one from the auto store and fitted it yourself. At 3 years old it cost £330 - half cash and half on a loan (£330 was more cash than I owned in those days)
I do not remember any problems with handling etc. It would be poor by modern standards, but it never went fast enough to matter. I do remember the very good gearshift. The transmission tunnel hump came back between the front seats, and the gearstick was a short stubby lever with a slick shift. I used to be able to change gear with one finger laid on top of the stick and just flick between gears.
The big killer was rust. After I had the car about 18 months year, and with only being about 4.5 years old, I jacked it up to do some servicing. The car was the usual integral chassis/body, but had two longitudinal chassis channels. On setting it down on blocks, the chassis members crushed - the whole car was undersealed, and looked good from the outside, but the chassis channels were totally corroded internally.
It went for a trade in within a few weeks - I got worried if the rest of it would start to fold up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2003