1982 Reliant Scimitar Review

1982 Reliant Scimitar GTC 2.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89950 miles
Most recent distance95053 miles
Previous carCitroen BX


Affordable Open Topped Family Fun


Rotor arm cracked at approx. 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is a 20 year old car and you can't expect new millennium reliability; however, it's never let me down so far after 12 months ownership, apart from a cracked rotor arm which was easily (and cheaply) fixed.

With the top off, this is probably the most 4 seater fun you can have this side of a modern 4 seat convertible, at considerably less cost!

Insurance is really cheap on limited mileage classic car rates (how about £130 per annum) - depends on your location/age etc. of course.

If you're in the market for a classic 4 seater convertible, forget the Trumph Stag with its nightmare engine reliability and body rust problems, the GTC has a reliable 'Cologne' Ford 2.8 engine and a rust free GRP body.

Don't buy a GTC if you think it's going to be maintenance free. You have to carry out regular maintenance not normally associated with modern cars; regular oil changes, greasing running gear etc.

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

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

20th Apr 2004, 06:23

A well balanced and spot on review. This writer has gone into his ownership of this car with open eyes. The GRP construction of these cars means that even a neglected one can look great until it becomes a series of one off mechanical nightmares, very expensive to sort professionally. A well maintained one is a joy that I would recommend to anyone.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review