1984 Morris Marina Review

1984 Morris Marina SL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles


Cheap n' cheerful motoring


Very little. The clutch master cylinder started leaking.

The windscreen wiper motor burned out.

General Comments:

The car is hardly the last word in performance and refinement, but as an A to B car for somebody on a tight budget it is unbeatable.

I typically averaged between 35-42 mpg and once managed to squeeze 98 mph out of it.

The engine had been rebored at 100,000 miles by the previous owner and it lasted until 175,000 when the big ends went.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2001

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review