1978 Morris Marina Reviews

1978 Morris Marina SDL 1.3 from Austria

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres

Summary:

A lot more charismatic than you would believe!

Faults:

Clutch assembly - juddering, very hard to cure.

Clutch hydraulics.

Head gasket and valves burnt.

Alternator changed two times.

Driving lights went off at 50mph - no fault found.

Rear brake cylinders leaking.

Steering rack went, probably due to bad maintenance.

Worst: Cable from the battery to the starter motor began to glow at a filling station!

Fuse box suffered from a leaking windscreen.

General Comments:

Seemed at bit abused by former keepers and had some built-in faults, but nevertheless a nice car for a young student. Despite many faults, it never really let me down.

Sold the car to a friend at "the end of a repairing row", but it then went more than 100000km without any major fault. Sadly sent to crusher in 1990 due to it being uneconomic to repair rust holes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2008

1978 Morris Marina SDL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

Cheap Classic and easy to maintain

Faults:

Needed lots of welding

Suffered a bit from the damp as it got older, but it was easy to take the plugs out and warm them up!

General Comments:

My first car at 18, and I loved it to bits. Took me all over Scotland for 5 years and never let me down.

Like them so much I've just acquired a '76 model. Only to be taken out on sunny days!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews