Leyland Allegro Review

1976 Leyland Allegro 1300 HL 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Poor detail design and quality lets down a promising concept

Faults:

Indicator switch packed up.

Points burnt out.

Clutch master cylinder needed bleeding.

Suspension needed pumping at.

New regulator required along with new sealed beam headlight.

Numberplate light had to be replaced.

Rear door lock failed.

Seats are badly worn.

Indicator unit failed.

General Comments:

The body work is quite sound, and I actually quite like the styling.

The previous owner to me fitted new piston rings, and my Allego is a good starter no matter what the weather is like.

The points have a habit of closing gradually even though the required amount of grease is placed on the cam.

The gear change is not that good although the poor condition of the clutch cylinder in my car is partly to blame for this.

Poor quality of electrical componants, stupid suspension design, and a gearbox that shares its oil with the engine lets down this car. I can't help liking the Allegro, but the Toyota Corolla of the same era was a much better car except for rust - a weakness in the Corolla of the 1970s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2004

30th Aug 2004, 12:29

You have bought a 26 year old car - did you REALLY expect nothing to be wrong with it?

4th Jan 2006, 23:09

The problems with the common engine and transmission sump are rather legion. I went to using a single weight oil (SAE 30 in winter, SAE 40 in summer) in my Austin Maxi and that seemed to help the synchros in the transmission, and make it shift a little better. In the end, it's just a weak design. Still, despite their flaws, these cars are hard to kill.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review