Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Garden Grove, CA, U.S.A.
Re: is a 69 nova 4 cylinder rare?
The 4 cyl Nova was meant as a price leader car, but it doesn't deserve much praise. Car review writers of the era soundly panned the 4 because it was needleesly noisy (always had to buzz the engine to get the car moving), it was not smooth, and often times got no better fuel mileage than the small 6.
My only exposure to this engine is through house boats, a place where it is disproportionately represented. My experience was the same as the car test writers: it was noisy, vibrated excessively, and didn't provide much power.
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