Took nearly a year to deliver.
Took about a month for the dealer to sort out all the faults found during the pre-delivery inspection.
As eager to start on cold mornings as most BL employees. Idle very rough, cold or warm.
Power steering rack leaked from day one and eventually the pump packed up. Took several months for BL to source replacement parts. Had to hire a car for that period.
Bright yellow paint finish had overspray and orange peel everywhere. Rust on sills after 2 years.
Engine and transmission always filthy with oil.
Fit and finish of interior abysmal. Evolving plastic technology hadn't evolved far enough by 1977.
Everything electrical (windows, sunroof, central locking, interior lights) packed up at least once.
Rear hatch wouldn't stay open.
Fuel economy was dreadful - about 14 mpg.
Everyone else on this site seems to think the SD1 was a wonderful old car, but this one was appalling.
It had a good deal of style and showroom appeal and it picked up a few awards at the time, but actually owning one was very different.
When it was going it was pretty good - nice handling and ride, comfortable and roomy interior, great sounding V8 engine and pretty brisk performance. I did do quite a few miles in it.
This was all cancelled out by an endless stream of problems as detailed above.
The way the dealers treated me was abysmal. You would have thought it was some sort of privilege to own one of these things. I wrote a long letter to BL about all the problems, but they didn't bother replying.
I wish I'd kept the Toyota. Nuts to flying the flag.