Triumph Stag Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1977 Triumph Stag

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Summary:

Highly under-rated classic with fantastic looks

General Comments:

Wonderful under-rated classic, which has been reliable and great fun to drive. However, you do need to be prepared to tinker quite a bit to keep it running well.

The age of the vehicle means just about everything has been replaced or reconditioned on mine. Beware buying a cheap one; a proper full engine rebuild will cost you $10K (AUD) - I know!

I get positive comments on the car almost every time I take it out. With power steering and auto, it's easy to drive on a daily basis, comfortable, and the performance is respectable. I've fitted electronic ignition, extractors and high compression pistons, so it goes well - but it's not about speed, it's about looking cool and a bit vintage when cruising.

Other necessary mods are an extra cooling fan for hot days, and Datsun half-shafts, so the back-end doesn't twitch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2011

1976 Triumph Stag

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carFord Corsair

Summary:

A beautiful car, versatile 4 seat convertible with an exhaust note envied by all

Faults:

Having owned the car for 15 years, we have enjoyed the experience.

Having bought a car in very poor condition, we have been surprised with the reliability. Considering the car is now 35 years old, it has been a good reliable daily driver.

We have replaced the radiator, brake master cylinder, diff, water pump, fuel pump, starter motor.

The motor has now blown a head gasket, which we will get repaired. But we have decided to make it a week end driver.

The body is showing its 35 years with rust in the doors, boot lid and front LH wing. The interior is in need of refurbishing. Electrics are by LUCAS. So they are rubbish. We have slowly removed LUCAS and and replaced with Bosch.

General Comments:

A real head turner.

This is a typical British car. A good design let down by poor detail and manufacture. It was designed for the USA market, but with a small 3L V8 it never really was accepted.

We have had so much fun with this car.

It has NEVER overheated (a perceived problem). Run the car regularly and check the fluid levels, and all is fine.

The note from the exhaust is the best you will ever hear.

Supplied with a hard top, a soft top and 4 seats, it is truly a very versatile car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2010

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews