1978 Reliant Scimitar Reviews

1978 Reliant Scimitar GTE 2.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired151000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

I have partially built for myself a power horse

Faults:

The first problem was constant overheating due to a blown head gasket.

I also a problem with the gearbox seals which allowed all the oil to escape from the Gearbox.

Another major problem was a major electrical fault which nearly destroyed the wiring loom.

Other niggles have been a broken Accelerator Cable and other repairs due to general neglect.

General Comments:

I knew when I bought the car I would have to spend time and effort to maintain it. It clearly had been neglected.

It is still very quick and easy to handle.

I have renovated the interior with leather seats, new carpets and eradicated the 70's brown interior.

It has enough storage space for suitcases as well as four adults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

1978 Reliant Scimitar SE6a 3.0 Litre V6 petrol from Germany

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 Litre V6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carDodge D50

Summary:

An affordable bespoke hand-built understated British sports car

Faults:

Got the car used from my Dad (thanks Dad) had been laid up for 4 years so a few things were bound to be wrong...

Gearbox and rear axle leak.

Dashboard lights didn't work.

Clutch slave cylinder fell off one day.

Rear axle is very noisy.

General Comments:

A rot free classic that will only appreciate.

Be prepared to spend lots of time maintaining one.

Take a toolkit wherever you go.

Will outrun and out handle many modern cars.

You will either love it or hate it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2002

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews