Triumph 2000 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 3

1969 Triumph 2000 mk 2 2.0 inline 6

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired320000 kilometres
Most recent distance322000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Van

Summary:

A British bulldog in oxford tweed

Faults:

Replaced all the door panels the bonnet and trunk lids due to rust.

Replaced the air filter system with dual mini pod filters to increase airflow.

Added a 6-3-1 exhaust system with 2 cobys instead of 3 silencers to complement the new air intakes.

Re calibrated the Stromberg carburettors.

General Comments:

A 2500 was my first car ever, and I wanted to get a 2000 or 2.5 in good condition to keep.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the robust nature of the engine and components - this car started with no problems after a year of disuse.

The interior is pure British class, with golden wood panelling, chrome and maroon leather - hardly any plastic.

Comfort seems to be the main theme of the 2000, with a steady ride and good suspension complementing the spacious cabin.

Of course, as a thirty-plus-year-old sedan it lacks the pace of modern cars, but more than makes up for it with simple, sturdy engineering, clean Michelotti designed lines and a crisp almost aircraft-like sound.

All in all the 2000 is a distinctive ride with considerable style, and perfect for anyone who is prepared to put in the time to restore one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2006

20th Aug 2008, 10:19

An accurate assessment of one of the best kept secrets of the Classic Car movement. I've owned a Triumph 2000 for many years and it continues to offer reliable motoring with class and style. Robust yet sophisticated engineering gives a modern feel and underlines how advanced 2000's were when released over 40 years ago.

Specialists keep these classics well supplied in spares while the enthusiast home mechanic can easily work on them or locate any number of British car mechanics to do the job.

Entry level prices are low with top examples changing hands for reasonable prices.

If you want a practical classic that is rewarding to own and drive the Triumph 2000 is perfect.

1977 Triumph 2000 TC 2.0 litre straight six

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre straight six Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance87200 kilometres

Summary:

A match made in Heaven

Faults:

Steering rack had to be reconditioned at $600 to pass the warranty of fitness.

Volts meter irregular reading sometimes peaks to 15 plus with head lights lighting up the entire neighbourhood instead of the road.

Flood in front foot well ruining 26 year old carpet. Drain plug on the floor helped prevent future floods and served as an effective plumbing solution.

Steam engine simulation on the way to work when all the coolant leaked through a ruptured heater hose. Problem solved with $10 rubber hose and coolant.

Bomb proof engine starts up every morning. Hard to believe it's a 26 year old British classic.

Boot lid taking in water water a rainy day.

General Comments:

The Beast as I call it is a sensation for any driver. Able to cruise at 120k on the highway and turn a few heads. It a living proof that driver cars are not always expensive, V12, and Italian.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

1974 Triumph 2000

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance180530 kilometres
Previous carNissan 720 Pickup

Summary:

A reliable, cost-efficient, fun vehicle

Faults:

The head gasket blew approx. 2 years ago.

The clutch has been replaced 3 times since new.

Rubber fuel lines have perished, causing engine bay fire.

There is a recurring fault with a lack of power and excessive pinking when the car is at operating temperature.

General Comments:

This car has been in the family since 1982 and has 5 successive learner drivers.

It is a very good car to learn to drive in, with a short gear throw, and precise manual steering.

The exhaust note sounds brilliant through narrow town streets.

It has stood up well to "boy racer" driving, with only a worn clutch and a blown head gasket to show for it.

The exterior paint is original, with only one touch up required on the bonnet, due to the aforementioned fire.

There is a low level of noise inside the car at any speed, and this, along with the very roomy interior, makes for a very comfortable car on long trips.

It has doubled as a flat-land farm car on occasion, a duty which although the manufacturer may never have intended the car to carry out, it has handled admirably.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th January, 2003

13th Feb 2004, 10:28

I think the fuel line problems and the pinking are probably related. Do you also get "dieseling" when you switch off after a long run?

The pinking will be due to the low octane rating of modern fuel. The different chemical content (including a relatively high level of benzine) has been blamed for perishing of rubber pipes in VWs, and I wouldn't run any old car on it (even with an additive) without regularly checking the state of the fuels lines, especially where they meet the fuel pump and around other seals. Try using an octane booster to get the ron up to about 98 (I guess it could take even higher, which should help fuel consumption). Probably best to fit an under-bonnet fire extinguisher as well, just in case!

13th Mar 2004, 00:48

Cheers Mate, pity I didn't read it sooner, due to New Zealand drivers, our trusty Triumph is now significantly shorter than factory. A large urban 4x4 "didn't see it stop", subsequently shunting it into the rear of the truck in front. Which adds another point... Triumphs are very, very strong in crashes - but mind the big steering wheel.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews