1973 Triumph 2000 TC 2.0 Twin Carb from Australia and New Zealand
Good car, but bit slow and thirsty
Replaced ignition coil.
Steering became very loose.
The seats feel like you're in a lounge.
Performance is very average when cold, and a bit better when it is warm, but I wouldn't call it a fast car.
It sounds FANTASTIC. When sitting on idle, the rumble is amazing from a 2L, and changing from 3rd to 4th gear is incredible.
Drinks fuel like a cow drinks water. Sluuuuuuurrrrrp, gone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2011
I think it's cool people still run old Triumphs like this to be able to review them, fair play! By the way, I happen to have an old What Car mag from 1974, and when it was new your 2000 put out 86hp, did 0-60 in 14.6 seconds, and topped out at 100 mph, so it was fairly average for performance even back then. Still very cool though!
I have sold the car now. I am young and needed something more reliable and more fuel efficient. Before selling, I was having troubles with reliability where the engine would die, then not start again. The AA were baffled and thought the coil was shorting, even though it was a brand new coil. It turned out to be the ballast resistor; replaced it and it was going great again. But it was its time to go. Onto a Nissan Primera 2L now, which is a very different experience.
While I agree that its top speed was quite less that its competitors, you should take into account that it was designed to provide 90% of its max torque at 1200 RPM, and it had mid range acceleration at such levels that only competitor engines of greater displacements could match it. Personally the 10 mph that Rover had was quite useless. 90-95 mph is a very good cruising speed. Especially with overdrive, which drops the engine noise considerably. A feature that Rover lacked, and noise would tire the passengers after some hours of cruising at 105 mph.
Furthermore, you cannot be sure what condition your engine was in. You had high consumption, and this could be an indication that your engine was not optimally adjusted or it had serious compression loss. This could explain the power loss. My MK1, which is in very good condition, has a very good acceleration and does 25 MPG, which is acceptable and not so 'thirsty'. I suggest you try another example of the MK1 in a better condition.