1976 Triumph TR7 2.0L


A great idea that was poorly accomplished


In the second year of ownership it required two new rear-ends.

In the first year there were two long stayovers at the dealership for electrical issues. That same year it required a head replacement due to warpage.

After first winter I was amazed to see rust erupting thru paint.

Lastly, the headlights popped up as a pair only occasionally.

General Comments:

When it was running right, I was grinning ear to ear, especially in the autumn thru the wooded mountains.

It had a wonderful exhaust note, and the gearbox was very smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2017

1976 Triumph TR7 2.0


In my opinion... forget the TR7. Even when it's running, there's something wrong. Go for a TR6 or a Spitfire. The TR6 has elbow room, but is short on leg room. The Spitfire has lots of legroom and less elbow room. The TR7 is a car that IMO is not going up in value. I regretted owning it.

General Comments:

The looks are either love it or hate it. Initially I liked it... but with all the problems I've had, I slowly disliked the look. Now when I see one, I feel sorry for the owner.

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

Review Date: 18th October, 2015

25th Oct 2015, 03:33

What problems have you encountered with the car?

1976 Triumph TR7 2.0 L


I've always loved it; it was unique then and now it's unique again


I bought the car new in 1976, and the electrical components kept the car in the shop over and over for the first 6 months -- first instance, all interior lights went out.

Loose lug nuts when delivered to me by the dealer.

Grinding transmission when down-shifting to 1st gear (no solution ever found.)

Trailing arm shackles loose, needed securing.

Misaligned driver's side door (always leaked no matter how many times it was re-hung and adjusted.)

Headlight switched wired in backward -- "up" meant "down" and vice versa.

Brake lights and turn signals replaced (all this is within the first month or two, on a new car.)

Factory shipping plug in trunk not removed for delivery -- trunk filled up with water from rain!

A year or two later, began going through RH front wheel bearings -- replaced several times, then suddenly the problem stopped and never happened again.

Oil level "idiot light" had a pressure sensor whose diaphragm ruptured, dumping all the engine oil onto the road.

General Comments:

I bought the car for its styling -- in 1976 it was unique among round-cornered American "big cars." I didn't care about the reliability issues, and in fact they gradually went away over time.

Plenty of room on the inside for me (6 ft tall) and the dash is laid out perfectly; everything visible from a comfortable driving position.

At the time it was the best-cornering car I'd ever driven. A friend had a TR6 and we had little races. He could pull away from me on straight sections, but I'd easily pass him on the turns.

Despite a reputation for poor build quality, confirmed by my own experiences in its early years, my TR7 became so reliable that for years it was my only car, and in fact I moved cross-country (600+ miles) in it with no backup.

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

Review Date: 26th May, 2007

10th Jun 2008, 22:41

Loved my '76 TR too, sold it a long time ago... owned mine in the mid 80's for a few years. I was a "boy racer" in those days.. I could get the wheels to spin 1st, 2nd & 3rd on a wet road! it was lethal!! but so much fun. I loved the interior, felt like an airplane cockpit.

1976 Triumph TR7


The car is really nice, I love it


Well the car looks awesome nothing has gone wrong with it since I've had it. I've had the car for I guess a year I'm about to turn 16 and my parents bought it for me. I do need to either replace the battery or the battery wires because I'm having to jump it to get it started so I'm thinking it the battery.

General Comments:

I haven't been able to drive it yet, but I can't wait. My parents put a paint job on it for me, it's a pearlesent white to blue. I want to know where to find parts for this car because I want a face car a I believe that I can make it real fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2004

27th Dec 2004, 13:40

I just turned 16 also, my sister gave me her Tr7 about 6 months ago, I haven't had a problem with it, she had it about 4 years before me and only had a couple problems with it.

30th Jan 2005, 12:57

First, please don't worry about making it fast. It's a sports car! Cool! What else do you need? I totaled my TR250 and lost the sight of my left eye due to speed and a hole in the road. Please believe me, it's better to get there a little slower than to not get there at all. Just keep it mechanically up to date and change the fluids at a regular basis and you should be o.k. It's a British vehicle, so it's going to leak, they all do. Keep your suspension tight and your tires aligned also. Good luck and have fun, but also be careful. I've been blind since I was 17. I'm now 52. It's a great car. Have a great time, but please get there (a little slower).

Mark Snyder.

14th Feb 2009, 15:57

I am a 35 yr old female. My first car at age 15 was the TR7. It was a beautiful red. I have now had a mustang, F150, blazers, suburbans, camry, none will ever top the joy and sheer delight that came from driving my TR7. I loved the eight track tapes. By the time my grandfather gave me the 1976 car it was quite old, but awesome. It got me lots of attention!