1976 Morris Marina 1.8 Super 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Better than a Ford Escort for starters!
Lower link in front suspension went on nearside
Clutch slave cylinder fault
Propeller shaft center bearing rubber mounting split
Overheating problem due to sticky thermostat
One track rod end needed replaced
Had a problem with main earth, which caused earthing through the speedometer cable!
Some trouble starting due to faulty condenser.
General engine wear due to poor maintenance.
A certain amount of rust.
Considering the car had done a high mileage when it was bought and had never been serviced properly in it's life, my Marina was an exceptionally good and reliable car.
The car was about 13 years old when I acquired it and it was still going despite poor maintain by it's previous owners.
The British Motor corporation designed many things which have been copied by other manufacturers in later years, for example the stroboscopic timing system used in many modern cars.
The only thing wrong with BL was that strikes interrupted the production of cars and many cars were deliberately sabotaged by those who built them.
Why are we so down on British workmanship, we taught the world how to make things and we won the second world war largely due to the talents of British people.
Anyhow, back to Marinas-An overdrive, improved front suspension, rear springs from the van & some extra soundproofing would have made a blooming brilliant motor! But then what are we comparing the humble Marina with? The cars of this millennium?
Oh and incidentally my 1.8 super still did 95 mph when it was running on 3 cylinders!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2003
4th Nov 2003, 06:37
Many of the problems encountered by Marina owners were in a lot of cases avoidable. To qualify this statement I list the following points.
Front suspension lower joint failure. Mainly due to chronic lack of greasing (also not ensuring the grease travelled up through the threaded Trunion.
Excessive oil consumption/leaks. Poor engine breathing/venting of crankcase due to blocked gauze in timing cover breather.
Propshaft joint failure (early models grease again)
You get the idea.