1976 Reliant Scimitar Reviews from UK and Ireland

1976 Reliant Scimitar GTE 3.0L V6 Essex

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Essex Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carTriumph Vitesse

Summary:

A real head turner, cheap sports car, great drive and handling

Faults:

Wiper motor seized, front and back. A strip down and re-grease fixed this; the old grease had gone hard.

Exhaust manifolds cracked. Bought 2 stainless steel ones for 240 pounds

Fuel vapourising when the engine is hot. A common problem; re-direct the fuel line away from the engine, and fit an electric fuel pump at the tank end.

Door pillar rusted at bottom where the seat belt attached - DANGEROUS!! Not recommended, but I filled the area around it with fibreglass resin!

General Comments:

A great fast classic for little money.

Very easy to work on, spares readily available in U.K. (Graham Walker - Cheshire).

Looks fantastic, very retro.

Drives and handles very well; redo the suspension bushes.

I bought mine for 1200 pounds, so I knew it needed a bit of work. Buy a donor car, definitely the cheapest access to spares. You'll find a good donor for 400 quid.

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

Review Date: 28th June, 2012

29th Jun 2012, 07:24

Please, get the seat belt mount repaired correctly. Your life may depend on that belt, and fibreglass resin is nowhere near strong enough (it's also an instant MOT failure).

1976 Reliant Scimitar SE6 GTE 3.0 V6 petrol

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32500 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carTriumph Spitfire

Summary:

A distinguished and dependable classic car which is versatile and easy to live with

Faults:

The head gaskets blew regularly until a replacement engine was fitted.

The gearbox leaks oil, which stops the overdrive from working correctly.

The front suspension bushes wear rapidly unless replaced with uprated "poly" bushes.

Generally a reliable car if maintained well.

General Comments:

The car is extremely comfortable and effortless to drive.

The torquey engine pulls well and provides smooth performance.

Handling and ride is superb with uprated shock absorbers and springs.

A car that really makes you smile every time you drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2003

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews