1988 Reliant Scimitar Reviews

1988 Reliant Scimitar SS1 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carMorris Ital

Summary:

This car makes my sad life a happy one!

Faults:

New battery needed in first month of ownership.

Oil seals needed replacing, still burning oil.

Accelerator cable snapped.

Headlight lift mechanism snapped.

Exhaust replaced.

Fan belt replaced.

Engine/alternator mounting snapped.

Windscreen wiper box replaced (dashboard had to come out)

Electrical issues often a problem.

Brakes cylinders and pads replaced.

Shockingly bad hood design (not helped by me fitting it)

General Comments:

Despite the above this is still an amazing car. So much fun in the summer with great 80's styling. The wedge shaped body and pop-up lights are a dream come true.

The CVH still has enough power to make you feel you are driving a fast car. The light body is tight through corners, and the RWD makes for some fun moments round corners etc. But I am not a rev-head, and think cruising in the SS1 suits it best. It's far too precious to me to risk it, I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2007

27th Feb 2013, 17:24

I am in my 2nd year of SS1 ownership, and I mollycoddle this car like a pet. I have done an awful lot of work on it, but it's money well spent, as I got the car for a song really.

Mine is a 1985 CVH 1600 XR3 powered car with a modified straight through exhaust, which gives off a lovely burble. When summer comes and the ragtop is down, it's brilliant fun.

I do get asked what it is though, and more often than not I get asked if it's a TR7 or a Fiat XI-9. Rarer than that I tell them.

It's nice to own such a unique car, and I love displaying it together with all the info on these cars at classic car shows... roll on the summer.

1988 Reliant Scimitar 1800ti 1.8 turbo from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carReliant Scimitar

Summary:

The most underrated sportscar

Faults:

Only one main disaster: the engine broke down. Failure of the 4th cylinder. Had to replace the engine. But now it has a brand new engine and no worries.

General Comments:

A supercar! I could not think of a better (small) fun car. Excellent performance and road behaviour. Great at high and low speed.

Very usable!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2000

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews