1989 Reliant Scimitar Review

1989 Reliant Scimitar SS1 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10


Cam belt broke. My own fault for not replacing it when I bought the car at 40,000 miles.

General Comments:

What a great car! Costs peanuts to run (including laughably cheap insurance - 120 pounds a year).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 1997

15th Dec 2008, 16:33

I agree. I have owned a 1400cc SST for 15 years. Very cheap, very reliable. Also fun to drive.

I have covered 250,000 miles in the car and would not be parted with it.

Nowadays though, the 1400cc CVH engine is somewhat slow compared with many cars.

As a final comment, when last MOT'd earlier this year, the tester said that the emissions were so low that they surpassed the current standard for new cars!

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review