Bricklin SV-1 Reviews from North America

1975 Bricklin SV-1 360 AMC

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 360 AMC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Low cost head turner sports car. Fun, but not practical

Faults:

Door leaks. Changed the gaskets and no go.

Plastic over the headlights blew off on the highway.

Doors would freeze shut at 31 degrees and you had to release the air piston to raise them.

General Comments:

Generally a great car for low cost.

Very cool when the doors opened.

You had to be a part time mechanic to keep it on the road.

Mine was serial#16 so it was early production.

Great concept, but even the Delorean was more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2009

1974 Bricklin SV-1 360 gas

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 360 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Best sports car I have owned

General Comments:

Car is comfortable.

Has plenty of get up and go.

I have had plenty of sports cars, and this is the best.

Can't go anywhere without 1 or 2 people stopping to ask about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2009

1975 Bricklin SV-1 351ci Windsor

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 351ci Windsor Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27493 miles
Most recent distance30041 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

As strong as an Ox with the speed of a Falcon

Faults:

The only thing I have had gone wrong with this car is the Air Lines for the doors go dry rotted since I live in a humid climate. The fuel gauge stopped working, but that was easy to fix, other than that the car has been awesome for me.

General Comments:

This car seriously hauls the groceries. The gauges in the car and accurate, because I have had the car doing 141 mph and climbing. So the 160 mph Speedometer is accurate, the only reason I stopped is because I ran out of straight road!. This car is seriously tough because there was an accident one time involving a Bricklin and a full size Chevy pickup, the car broad-sided the Chevy and split it in half when the only damage to the car was a only broken windshield and damaged headlights (because it was night time).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2005

28th Dec 2005, 14:52

This seems true, I've had my 74 Bricklin #690 up to 125 and she still had lots of power left, just didn't seem very safe to go at those speeds.

30th Sep 2006, 16:44

This Car Has no problem speeding past 125 MPH.

Although not recommended due to lack of braking ability at such speeds considering Vehicles weight.

I personally love my 2204.

1974 Bricklin SV-1 SV1 AMC 360

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission AMC 360 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Poor man's exotic car

Faults:

Radiator needed to be recored.

Cracks in the body.

Doors leaked.

Rear hatch did not latch.

A/C did not or ever work.

Transmission is getting sloppy.

General Comments:

I really enjoyed this car.

Despite its flaws it is a real hear turner.

The AMC V8 really was powerful, much more than the 75' models and up. (they had a ford 350)

This car has gull-wing doors, which makes it kinda tough to get in and out of. But it's worth it, trust me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th April, 2005

22nd May 2005, 12:54

WOW, THAT GUY WHO COMMENTED ABOVE ME MUST HAVE SOME SORT OF PROBLEM. Anyway, I also purchased a 1974 Bricklin. I had almost the same problems as this one. The body cracked, which was caused by heat and time. The doors leak, but other than that, the car performs very well. I also agree that the 74's are THE BETTER car to buy, the AMC has much more power, and is very reliable. But the best part is, the engine and transmission are very inexpensive to fix. Just a quick trip to Walmart and the problem is solved. But when it comes to the air doors, that stuff gets expensive. Many Bricklins were converted over from hydraulic opening doors, to air doors. This was because the air doors could open much faster, the system just worked better. Its too bad they only made them for 3 years!

27th May 2005, 15:15

I've got a 1974 safety green Brick, #274. While I am discovering the many little quality control issues that almost every Bricklin owner encounters, I can't wait for the day when I have it all in one piece to drive and show off! (currently the drivers door is off and slowly being reworked)

I can't tell you how many people ask me about it when they see me driving it around... even incomplete as it is! It really is an awesome car despite all the flaws!

12th May 2007, 09:37

I Just bought two bricklins one with only 191 miles and the other one 86,000 they need a lot of work, but I agree they are rare. I owned one back in 1983 the main problem was the doors does anyone know what the best solution is? Dennis 478-997-0380.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews