1974 Triumph 1500 1.5 from North America

Summary:

The biggest lemon I ever owned

Faults:

What didn't go wrong? Constant problems.

It spent a couple of days per week at the local dealer being repaired. It was only three years old.

General Comments:

I got this car as a high school graduation present. It was definitely a head-turner and fun... at first, but was an incredibly slow, poor-performing car. My mother's VW bug was faster.

These cars are very, very small.

Two weeks after I sold it, the new owner called, furious that he'd just found out it needed $1500 worth of work done. Buyer beware!

I suppose if I owned it now with my current mechanical knowledge, I could work on it myself; but given the tiny engine and overall size, I wouldn't be interested.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th May, 2012

1978 Triumph 1500 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Spend your money on something safer, like an alcohol problem!

Faults:

Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong! The bearings, drive shaft, carbs, pistons.. even the apparently unbreakable bottom end broke! The seat came off of the runner under harsh breaking.. which in turn broke my nose on the dash. It was then that I decided that the car had to go!

General Comments:

I'd rather have kept my elderly MGB GT or even taken the bus! Don't buy one of these cars unless you have some sort of death wish. I'm sure they were fine in their time, but nowadays?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2005

27th Aug 2013, 13:20

The Triumph 1500 was only made from 1970-1973, and was superseded by the Triumph 1500TC, which was manufactured from 1973 to 1976, and was then superseded by the Triumph Dolomite 1500/1500HL.

There was no 1978 Triumph 1500. In any event, in a car of that era having 150000 miles on the clock when bought would have serious maintenance issues with it.

1972 Triumph 1500 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great little motor. One of the best interiors ever

Faults:

New clutch plate.

New wheel bearing on front.

Exhaust middle box and end pipe.

Front panel due to rust.

A couple of small patches welded on chassis (it was 10 years old at the time)

Small hole in petrol tank (fixed with some Petropatch)

General Comments:

A lovely little car. Mine had had a hard life before I bought it, but went well.

Fantastic interior. Very comfortable. Everyone liked it. Pretty reliable given the age of the car and the fact that it was built by British Leyland when their staff spent more time on strike than they did building cars!

Second gear synchormesh was rubbish, but you learned to live with it.

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

Review Date: 18th December, 2002

1973 Triumph 1500 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Poor mans 2500

Faults:

Front dampers went.

Clutch thrust bearing tube.

Front dampers went again.

General Comments:

Beautiful car to drive - all that wood and chrome with Triumphs round warning light assembly.

Nice big comfortable seats with a very quiet drive train - apart from the thrust bearing noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2002