Triumph TR7 Reviews from UK and Ireland

1981 Triumph TR7 Convertible 2.0 litre

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carMG Midget


I doubt that I will part with it


Nothing much really, no major faults. Think I may have to replace the viscous fan coupling soon.

Rustproofed from new and several times since, so no real problems there.

Interiors aren't that durable, and in the open topped car, tends to weather quickly. Best kept as original as possible in my opinion.

Needs careful rustproofing. Rust can be a problem on most cars of this era.

Will probably fit a stainless steel exhaust when the mild steel one fails.

General Comments:

Good fun, good handling, brakes only adequate, ride good for its time but not to modern standards. The controversial styling is now part of the character of the car.

Cabin is light and airy with lots of room for two. Two seats only.

No radio / stereo as standard, care needs to be taken with aftermarket as they can look out of place.

Most parts readily available new, or if not, second hand, but some bits and pieces of trim can be expensive.

Probably a purchase you would make as a second car, but nevertheless a practical daily driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2013

1976 Triumph TR7 Sprint 2.0

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance85600 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza


A great car if taken care of properly


This is my second TR7 having owned one from 1977 to 1997 with no problems. The one I now own does not have any problem's either, as I keep it well maintained.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2010

1976 Triumph TR7 Victory edition

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1976
Most recent year of ownership1978
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles


I still miss my TR7!!!


No problems.

I kept the car until I had my second baby. The problem--the TR7 is not a "family friendly" car. So very sad.

General Comments:

I loved my TR7 and wish I could find one now that was a "cherry" like mine. I've just purchased a 1980 MG MGB because I cannot find a TR7.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

1981 Triumph TR7 DHC 2 litre Convertible

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2 litre Convertible Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles




Cylinder head.

General Comments:

More economical than the V8. Dubbed ‘the shape of things to come’ on its initial release campaign, it is a car that was certainly ahead of its time. The first for side impact beams, big black bumpers, transfer decals, and a plastic dash? It was even designed for unleaded fuel from day one due to its initial USA market.

This is a car that really is fun to drive, because it is one that really has to be actually driven.

Still looks bang up to the minute even today, yet it is possible to actually do a service on a car like this in your own garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2007

1978 Triumph TR7 Hard Top 2.0 Ltr 5 Speed

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 2.0 Ltr 5 Speed Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carTriumph Sprint


Unbreakable and cool


De-coked head and replaced timing chain tensioner (did it myself)

Petrol pipe leak, caused by rubbing bodywork (within the sill) replaced by me and rerouted to a safer position.

Window winder mechanism weak, constant problems even after dealer replacement.

General Comments:

I had this car longer than any other before and since, I loved it, the only reason I don't still have it, is that my ex took it when we separated.

It was the most reliable car I had owned up to this point, nothing serious went wrong with it, even though people called it a "hairdressers car" I didn't give a damn, I knew how good it was, it was very cool to own, had a great interior and was the only car that had a well placed foot rest for your left (clutch) foot, surprising what a difference this makes when cruising down the motorway.

The interior was very chic with tartan material on the doors and seats, it was really nice to drive, with quite a big boot for a sports car. I didn't have the usual problems with rust because it had been Zeibart waxed, it had only the occasional bubble which I easily kept under control.

I had no problems with the flip-up lights because I looked after them, even to the point of removing them and rubbing them down to the aluminum base and respraying them. A little bit of lubrication every 6 months keeps them working, I loved to press the button a few times as the lights would start to go out of sequence and begin winking, great to impress bystanders.

The 2.0 Litre OHC engine was not really sporty, it was however built to last and very easy to maintain, anyone armed with a Workshop Manual and spanners can keep it going.

On the road this car was very predictable, if the tail crept out you just eased off a bit, that's because it is well balanced without too much power on the rear wheels, it was at it's best when cruising, really comfortable, solid and ultra reliable.

My Ex ran head-on into a brand new hatchback at 30 mph, the Hatchback's engine fell out, it's front crumpled like paper, it was a write-off! The TR7 had to have new front bumper plastic and a (slightly damaged) front panel replaced, oh and a new badge (it was on the front panel)

We then got another TR7 Convertible, (so I could have the hard-top) We had the convertible for 3 months when my Ex suddenly stopped (for no apparent reason) and her friend who was following behind, (yes! in a hatchback) bashed into the back of the TR7 at about 20 mph, both cars ended up being written off, even though the TR7 looked OK (split in plastic Bumper) the impact was off to one side and the chassis got bent and was unrepairable. I bought this car for £400 off the insurance company (after they paid out) and swapped the Alloys for my steel rims and other bits and pieces and put them on the Hard-top, then sold the Convertable for £600 to a trader!

My Ex continued to crash into things, but the car kept going, I'm glad she's my ex, but she managed to keep the TR7 in the divorce settlement, damned Lawyers.

When I tried to buy one later I found the prices had shot through the roof, so I got a Van, ho hum. I'd love a TR8 :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

29th Apr 2010, 11:40


Great car the TR7, and in 2010 it's still driving very well, and has become the greatest TR for her reliability + handling, fun on the road, and driving how far you want. The TR7 has become also a true and rare poétic car now.

Best regards from France, TR7 driver.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 13 reviews