1977 Triumph TR7 Reviews

1977 Triumph TR7 from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carChevrolet LUV

Summary:

DREADFUL, DANGEROUS, but I liked the look of the car!

Faults:

Electrical: all of the switches/contacts in the dash melted.

Transmission: always felt sloppy and the gears would grind when shifting no matter what.

Brakes: very spongy, and never did fell like they would stop the car in time.

Rear end: the axle fell out one day on the freeway and the rear of the car dragged on the ground.

Air conditioner: never worked right, when I would turn left or right the overflow would spill out onto the carpet on the passengers side.

General Comments:

The car looked great.

The car did handle and respond well.

I believe this is the way the British were getting back at Americans for breaking away from the colony.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2006

18th Sep 2006, 10:59

Didn't they already get even with us via Tom Jones & Englebert Humperdinck?

1977 Triumph TR7 FHC 2.0L from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carStudebaker Lark 8

Summary:

Pretty to look at, fun to drive, frustrating to own.

Faults:

Headlight motors stopped working, replaced them with new and the new ones quit working again after one year.

Webasto sunroof leaked, despite several "repairs" by Webasto specialist.

Vibration of front wheels on braking, even after rebuild and rotor machining.

Many intermittent electrical problems, too many to list.

Extremely difficult to shift into second gear unless car thoroughly warmed up.

Constant fettling of carburettors to run properly; never stayed in balance more than a couple of weeks.

General Comments:

The TR7 was a car I'd long admired, and I tried very hard to sort it out and enjoy it.

It would be a great car for people who enjoy tinkering as much as, or more than, driving.

When all things were working well, it was unbelievably fun, it was a blast on curvy roads and the full length sunroof was wonderful on a warm fall day. It also has a great exhaust note and once warmed up it allowed me to shift through the gears quickly and precisely.

Unfortunately on average it required one hour of fettling for every two hours of driving, and at the end of the day I simply could not live with that arrangement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th February, 2006

16th Apr 2006, 10:51

Most of the people posting glowing reviews about this 70's British heap were not the original buyers who got stung so many years ago. When these things were new, most of the owners were not grease monkeys, and most got rid of the car within the first 24 months after the initial purchase. What is a tribute to Triumph is that so many backyard mechanics are still duped by the wedge look and continue to buy these fixers.

26th Apr 2006, 15:48

It's true that you need to know how to fix a car to be able to still drive a TR7. The car I had, had at least $4K of parts on it, and I was NEVER able to get it to pass emissions or safety inspection. Then again, I was only 16 at the time and spent most of my time fixing little motorbikes and scooters.

1977 Triumph TR7 FHC 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder petrol from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance84500 miles

Summary:

Lot's of fun, despite the problems

Faults:

Numerous problems have arisen with the car.

First off, the head gasket blew in 1984 with 80000 miles. Then it sat until 2001 where it was picked up by the owner who redid the head gasket and then passed the car on to me.

Clock, cigarette lighter, stereo, and fog lights have never worked from the time I've owned the car.

Turn signals stopped working. 82008 miles.

Brake lights stopped working. 82102 miles.

Wipers stopped working 83125 miles.

All of these were easy fixes, so I don't mind working on the car.

Hood keeps popping open on the freeway. I don't know why. Luckily it doesn't matter because it's not the "suicide" type hood.

I have not had anything go wrong with the tranny or anything else with the drivetrain for that matter.

General Comments:

This car is a thrill to drive. I get 30 mpg constantly, lots of attention on the road, and it's easy to park, which is nice living in a cramped city.

My friends love my little TR7 because it's so unique. Only 3 are registered in my state.

This car is a lot of fun to drive because it feels like the steering wheel is the road. The engine gives off that awesome throaty sound, not the whiny Japanese car sound. No offense, I have a Honda Accord also and love it. This car is also surprisingly comfortable. That seemed to be one of their advertising strengths.

Besides all of the minor problems, this car is a real joy to work on and it has served me well as a little fun car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2004

27th Sep 2005, 08:12

Thankyou for sharing this heartbreaking story with us. I sympathize.

Average review marks: 5.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews