1973 Morris Marina Reviews

1973 Morris Marina Coupe 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1983
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Viva

Summary:

Bargain priced budget car

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 57,000 miles.

Heater packed up at 60,000 miles.

Interior trim was very breakable.

Tailgate catch broke at 61,000 miles.

Tyres wore very quickly.

General Comments:

Great value for money at £280. Did most things well, but was in no way outstanding. After one year sold it to a dealer for £130. The Marina more than halved in value in the space of 12 months, but I didn't worry too much about that because it was worth next to nothing in the first place!

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

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

1973 Morris Marina L 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carTriumph 2000

Summary:

It was a laugh really

Faults:

Clutch replaced

One trunnion replaced

A few other bits & pieces, but not much considering.

General Comments:

You have to laugh - the handling was awesomely bad. Sideways at 30 on a motorway roundabout and the old girl would sort of nod her nose a bit and shuffle sideways like a boat.

There was a nasty moment when she got a wobble going on a long straight 3-lane dual carriageway due to the slipstream from a bus and started rocking from side to side. Oh how we laughed - later.

Clutch was somewhat abrupt and the gearbox was not exactly difficult, but... different.

Served us well for a few years and was cheaper to run than our Triumph 2000. Loads of space for people & luggage.

If you judge a car simply as transport then this served it's purpose, but you couldn't exactly say it was fun except in a masochistic way.

But hey, it was cheap & reliable transport that never actually broke down on us.

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

Review Date: 26th March, 2006

1973 Morris Marina Jubilee 1800 Twin Carb. 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1982
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

So much better than the critics tried to make out it was

Faults:

Speedomiter stopped working after 74,000 miles.

Gearbox packed up after 83,000 miles.

Bodywork gradually got rustier during the 2 years that I owned the car.

General Comments:

Aside the speedometer and gearbox faults, the Marina proved itself a very reliable car as well as being comfortable and decent to drive. It was a great car, especially when you hear all the critics going on about what a dreadful car the Morris Marina was.

It was good value for a seven year old car, costing just £450 in 1980. I kept it for two years before my brother paid £300 for it. He kept it for three years until it was stolen from a pub car park and never recovered.

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

Review Date: 27th February, 2006

14th Aug 2006, 06:39

Hi, great to here someone else owned a Morris Marina TC Jubilee!

Can you remember the number plate of this car?

If you can please e-mail to tekpav@hotmail.com.

I am compiling a list and I have about 6 so far!

Thanks,

Paul.

5th Sep 2006, 05:11

I love Marinas!!!

My dad had a metallic brown TC saloon (with the black vinyl roof & webasto *drool*) when I was a boy & it was love at first sight for me. It was scrapped ultimately after a couple of shunts (crumpled like paper, as I recall).

What was different about the "jubilee" model? this is a new name to me & I'd love to find out more.

Incidentally my dad's marina was KCN390P a plate I know i'll never forget... put it this way I'm remembering it instantly and vividly, 30 years on. I was no more than 6 years old when dad had the car...

CU.

1973 Morris Marina Super Deluxe 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5600 miles
Most recent distance79940 miles

Summary:

A fast and smart car

Faults:

It would not start on cold mornings and would need a jump start.

Often leaked oil.

General Comments:

A very good car with lots of character.

The car is also quite quick.

Good looking and a very nice car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2002

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews