Triumph TR6 Reviews from UK and Ireland

1975 Triumph TR6

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

Quick and solid. Easy to repair

Faults:

It gets dirty and I have to change the oil.

The only big problem is that the air conditioner always made the engine overheat in heavy traffic. So, I just took it out. Problem solved.

This is a good "just for fun" second car, but it is a dream on the interstate at 70 mph, especially at night with the top down.

General Comments:

This car is a shade tree mechanic's dream. You can just about take the whole thing apart with a screwdriver and a 1/2 inch wrench.

It is not hard to repair. My slave cylinder failed once and I just changed it out on the side of the road. Parts are readily available by mail order.

It gets good gas mileage and it has so much torque that it will fool you into thinking it has double its actual horsepower.

The fun factor is off the chart for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2009

1971 Triumph TR6 PI 2.5

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired400 miles
Most recent distance2000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Great Looker, but don't put your life savings on its reliability!

Faults:

Fuel Injectors clog up periodically causing the engine to misfire, necessitating removal of brackets which, if the appropriate tools are not to hand, can be very frustrating.

Engine runs rich, increasing petrol consumption and requiring mixture adjustment at regular intervals.

Various electrical faults - not uncommon on early seventies BL car

General Comments:

The car was purchased fully restored in 2001. An excellent and unusual metallic dark blue turns plenty of heads, as does the pale blue leather interior. I had forgotten just how idiosyncratic old sports cars can be. Nothing is easy to get at and the non inertia reel seat belts require proficiency in calisthenics!

The angle of the glove box makes it impossible to open it without safe -breaking skills.

Water ingress into the driver's foot -well is an inevitable consequence of heavy rain as the water flows back towards the windscreen with the forward motion of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2002

1973 Triumph TR6 PI 2.5

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carMaserati BiTurbo Spyder

Summary:

Not for the school run, far more fun!

Faults:

Worn universal joints.

Engine mountings loose.

Had big problems starting when very cold, or damp.

Have to be prepared to unclog the mechanical fuel injection periodically.

General Comments:

Well done to Engenuity in Acton for sorting the engine out. Thanks boys!

The car has been upgraded a little in performance terms and will hold its own against modern traffic at the lights.

Engine sounds great!

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

Review Date: 30th January, 2001

1975 Triumph TR6 Convertible roadster 2.5 6 cylinder

Year of manufacture1975
Engine and transmission 2.5 6 cylinder
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Gearbox gave slight problem at first but now perfect after minor repairs. Other than that I can't think of any other significant fault.

General Comments:

Car purchased from UK in 1993 and imported into Ireland. Always garaged and only used in dry conditions. Car was completely restored (by professional) in UK in 1991. Car has received extensive small improvements since I bought it. Fortunate to have got a good one. Car is very pleasing to drive and work on. Needs careful maintenance and greasing. Must be driven regularly - does 20 mpg. Limited mileage insurance available at reasonable rates (in Ireland). Car should be kept in original spec - value will suffer if it's not.

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

Review Date: 9th August, 1999

28th Jul 2010, 11:47

I bought my '75 TR6 in 1999. I restored and maintained it as a great daily driver (don't drive it daily though). I drive it all year unless it is snowing or raining. I have had this car 11 years. It still excites me to climb in and fire it up. It drives smooth; fast; good handling. It has overdrive so it's a great highway cruiser, a conversation starter wherever I go. Compared to today's computers on wheels, these cars (and MGs) had great personality... low tech, easy to fix, great sound. I love my car.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews