1976 Triumph TR7 2.0 litre from North America
No making Lemon aid with this LEMON!
Timing chain snapped ($500) on the way to a trip to a beautiful beach resort. Oil pump failed and motor seized on the way back home. Had to have it towed behind a '78 Dodge pickup.
Fuel pump and electrical problems were a constant as were the dual Stromberg carburetors always out of sync. Floor pans rotted, but man did I ever look cool in that car. Chicks dig the TR7. Well at least they did in the 80's.
Surprisingly it had a lot of leg room for tall people (I am 6'4). This is a bad car all around however. Don't let the sexy wedge design fool you. This is the car which caused Triumph to go under. If you want nostalgia and more value in a classic which you like tinkering on, go with a TR6 or older.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th February, 2003
I take challenge the statement that the TR7 caused Triumph to go down. It is a matter of history that British Leyland's management decisions and poor build quality of all vehicles across BL's catalogue were the real reason.
I really think the writer was being over critical, and is perhaps not very well versed with either the vehicle or the history of British motor industry in the 70's - 80's.
Sadly he may have been the victim of a genuine lemon, as I was with a late 70's BL Mini.
Considering that the author of the review was talking about a 1976 model, I'm not surprised at the troubles he experienced.
The later (post 78) cars are superior in all respects, both in the quality of parts and assembly.
I know this from experience, as I purchased a 1980 convertible in August 1984, and it is owned to this day by a friend of mine. Considering that it's now a quarter of a century old, remarkably little has ever gone wrong with it, outside of what you might expect for ANY vehicle of it's age.