Morris Marina Review from Austria

1978 Morris Marina SDL 1.3

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres


A lot more charismatic than you would believe!


Clutch assembly - juddering, very hard to cure.

Clutch hydraulics.

Head gasket and valves burnt.

Alternator changed two times.

Driving lights went off at 50mph - no fault found.

Rear brake cylinders leaking.

Steering rack went, probably due to bad maintenance.

Worst: Cable from the battery to the starter motor began to glow at a filling station!

Fuse box suffered from a leaking windscreen.

General Comments:

Seemed at bit abused by former keepers and had some built-in faults, but nevertheless a nice car for a young student. Despite many faults, it never really let me down.

Sold the car to a friend at "the end of a repairing row", but it then went more than 100000km without any major fault. Sadly sent to crusher in 1990 due to it being uneconomic to repair rust holes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2008

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review