Triumph Stag Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1975 Triumph Stag 151 cid Pontiac from North America

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 151 cid Pontiac Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carTriumph TR6

Summary:

I gave it five stars and that's from an experience with a $500 clunker

Faults:

The odometer cable broke.

Exhaust cracked, heated up the floorboard and caught the rear seat on fire.

Radiator cracked.

Driver side power window motor is extremely weak.

Splined wires are dangerous if not maintained.

General Comments:

The car is a basket case, but I love it anyway. Like most Stags in the US, it's had a hard life. I can't comment on performance numbers as the original motor and gearbox were gone by the time I took ownership. Currently, it has a 151 cid motor/tranny from a '75 Pontiac Sunbird. Don't ask me why they chose that combo, I have no idea! Fortunately, it seems to have been a wise choice. The power is not much below the 3.0 V8 that it replaced and the slush box 3 speed GM is on par with the Stag auto box. There is a weight difference that shows in the front ride height, but the glory of this refit is all the original engine mounts are intact. There is an added cross member below for the gearbox to bolt to, but it's an add on rather than a cut and fit. Very nice for going back to the original parts at some date. Gas mileage is excellent.

Anyway I digress, but the car is awesome and I would have certainly liked to acquire one in better shape. The price was right though, I got her for $500 USD. :O)

The interior appointments are spartan, but well done. The seats seem to hold up very well although the door panels and dash are a bit fragile.

The hardtop is extremely heavy and the soft top frame is a bit unwieldy and fragile, although one of the more leak proof among the British lines I've owned.

The wire wheels that were fitted were in a sorry state when I took ownership and the splines were all, but rusted away. I put it in reverse once and spun the wheel off. In my opinion, splined wires are dangerous. Wires in general are a pain if they aren't "true". I fitted a nice set of "Panasport" style rims and am enjoying a much smoother ride.

What else can I say? I guess if you're considering one and are sitting on the fence, don't, these cars are awesome if not a bit eccentric like all British cars.

I give it Five Stars! And that's from an experience with a $500 clunker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2004

1973 Triumph Stag V8 convertible 3.0 V8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 3.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Unreservedly recommended

Faults:

Intermittent starting problem at 95,000 miles. The car would always eventually start, but on one occasion it took an hour. Problem was traced to a faulty solenoid.

Worn steering rack replaced at 105,000 miles, which was expensive, but transformed the handling.

General Comments:

Ignore everything you may have heard about Stag unreliability. It isn't true. A well-maintained Stag is reliable and a joy to drive.

The seats are slightly flat, but you can drive all day without discomfort.

The interior is snug with plenty of leg room in the front, and less so in the back. The back seat is really an occasional seat for adults, though kids will find it OK. If travelling, use it as luggage space. Boot space is generous.

You also get electric windows, power steering, and a steering wheel adjustable for reach and rake.

The V8 makes a noise like half a mile of ripping calico. Acceleration is adequate though not particularly stellar, but the car cruises beautifully and effortlessly at 55 to 60 and makes a fabulous noise doing it. Handling is good with a tendency to oversteer, but the care will twitch if you overdo it in the wet.

Rare and pretty enough to turn heads, but not so rare you can't get the parts support. Fabulous!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2003

18th Nov 2005, 16:33

I would absolutely agree. I have been wanting a Stag since the age of 18, and now 40 (mid life crisis my wife says) I have bought one, enjoy every minute of it. One word of warning for any would be Stag owner, buy a good one.

20th Nov 2012, 23:16

LOL... your story sounds mightily familiar to mine!

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11th Mar 2013, 03:53

One of my favourite cars of all time. I'm 46, so had my own mid-life-crisis. I've changed career and given the ex-wife her marching orders, so the only thing left to complete this is to buy a convertible.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 10 reviews