Triumph Sprint Review from Australia and New Zealand

1977 Triumph Sprint

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership1979
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carChrysler Charger

Summary:

What will it be next?

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 5,000 kms.

Again, at 25,000 kms.

The parcel shelves are constructed of a cheap black cardboard material and eventually rattle loose.

The gearbox ceased engaging during my first Aussie summer when the car was hot.

The car's rear thuds and vibrates whenever a full bore take-off is attempted.

The SU carburettors must be regularly topped up with oil if the car isn't to run like a dog.

Car overheats on a regular basis in hot Australian summers and a new radiator core and thermostat did nothing to improve things.

Thermo fan seized after 18 months.

General Comments:

I loved the handling. It skips at the rear when on the limit which is entertaining, but never unnerving.

The motor, when it ran, pulled like an English locomotive... about 8.5 seconds to 100 kph and torquey in every gear.

Economy was good to very good when the motor was going well. Up to 38 mpg on a sedate trip, 25 around town.

Interior comfort was generally good, but the limited rear suspension travel caused some jarring over less than perfect roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review