1979 Triumph TR7 Reviews from North America

1979 Triumph TR7

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1979
Most recent year of ownership1979
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carFord Pinto

Summary:

Good looking, but English made.

Faults:

The first problem (at about a week old) was a growling noise that the dealer could not find. I later discovered it was the air conditioning compressor screws loosening and letting the pulley rub against the mount.

Within about two months almost everything was acting up except the German brand radio.

By about the sixth month the car would not run due to electrical and fuel problems. The local dealer's mechanics were unable to repair anything under warranty.

General Comments:

Mine was a white convertible with a tan interior, the first TR-7 in town. The cost was expensive at $10,000.00, but my wife and I liked buying new cars a couple times a year.

The TR-7 ran great at first, and it was relatively peppy compared to our MGA, MGBs, and MGB-GTs. The handling was good at high speed, and I was pleased with the Goodyear tires (1979 still had bad memories of exploding Firestones).

I loved the styling, and the interior was more comfortable than our home chairs. I still think it was the best looking car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th January, 2008

1979 Triumph TR7

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40400 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carTriumph TR7

Faults:

Had to replace my gas tank.

Had to take the dashboard apart to redo the wiring.

Replaced the head.

Redid the brakes front and back.

General Comments:

My car is not the best looking car, but it sure is great on gas.

I like that its the only TR7 I have seen on the road, make my car one of a kind.

The only draw back is finding use parts around here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2005

11th May 2005, 09:00

Try salvage yards.

That's where 98% of the TR7s are now!

1979 Triumph TR7 DHC 2.0

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carTriumph TR7

Summary:

The car was ahead of its time, sure to become a classic with a "TR7 cult following"

Faults:

Electrical problems seem to be common in the 5 TR7's that I have owned over the years, The dash switches by design are problematic, but easily dismantled and repaired. The brake switch failed also and was easy to remove and repair. Simply by cleaning the contacts and retensioning them, a dab of dielectric grease and back in service. Age also seems to have a negative effect on the grounding points on the body. The same cleaning treatment seemed to eliminate any further issues.

General Comments:

The car in short is a wonderful to drive. It handles well, has a responsive throttle is very forgiving for the novice driver and can be a challenge to the expert when driven to the limit. Parts are readily available and upgrades to the engine and suspension are abundant as well. I have a 16V variant also that is a BLAST. It has lots of room and the controls are in easy reach.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

1979 Triumph TR7 Dhc 2.0

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles

Summary:

When you don't have to rely on a car, drive a TR!

Faults:

Unexplainable electrical problems.

Never ending exhaust leaks.

Runs horrible at idle.

Hood opens only when it feels like it.

Finding the new fuel leaks is a weekly chore.

General Comments:

Unlike other Tr7 cars I have seen, mine managed to make it all these years with the same headgasket it came with from the factory.

The little car never has any drivetrain problems and the original interior and body is near flawless.

I must say that the Tr7 is beautiful inside and out, but don't let the style and looks fool you! These cars demand full time attention and if you can't work on it yourself you will go broke at a rapid rate of speed.

The reliability of the Tr7 is very questionable, just about every owner of a Tr7 will not deny the problems with the Tr7. One thing for sure, Triumph owners are loyal to their cars and if you are a true sports car lover its easy to get hooked in.

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

Review Date: 24th April, 2004

1979 Triumph TR7

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 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)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carLada Signet 1.3

Summary:

Woefully deficient

Faults:

Carburetor linkage dislocation.

Oil pressure sensor fell out.

Miscellaneous door handles, knobs, fittings fell apart, disintegrated, etc.

Wet weather, even if it was in the long range forecast, kept this car from starting.

Cold weather kept this car from starting.

Snow kept it from going forward or reverse, but was not a hindrance to sideways motion.

Ignition system needed constant attention.

General Comments:

Definitely not a car for a cold climate, utterly deadly on slick roads.

A General Motors electrical system in it would have been an IMPROVEMENT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2002

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews