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Re: Reliable British Cars
I have had my share of British cars. Three of them to be exact.
1. 1980 TR-7 convertible: Fun, fun, fun car but terrible electrics and
the engine was very weak. What did I do? I replaced the engine
with a Buick 3.8 V6 and used a T-5 5 speed tranny. I also
installed heavier springs, bigger anti-sway bars, larger wheels
and tires. The car became very reliable, was very fast, but
body flex was a problem that I never really overcame. But when
the top came down and I planted my foot down I was all smiles.
2. 1980 Rover 3500 SD-1: Another fun car with an all aluminum V8 in it.
This one also had all kinds of electrical gremlins in it and I
eventually sold it due to that. Can't say that it was any worse
than the Audis though and it had fewer electronics so it was
somewhat easier to troubleshoot.
3. 1986 TVR 280i: This was definitely the most fun car that I have
ever owned. Got great comments wherever I drove it. People never
knew what it was. Questions I got were: Is that a Ferrari?
Is that the newest Lotus? It was fun having people try to figure
out what it was. Since TVR only imported about 200 cars a year into
the US it was a very rare sighting indeed. Again, this car proved
very reliable. I never had any problems with it, but then I only
drove it about 3000 miles a year and sold it when it had 8000 miles
on it. Needed the money to finally settle down (get married) and
build a house. Never owned any fun car like that since then. :-(
Now I own a plane instead. Much less risk of getting speeding
tickets :-) and I just got one the other day on the Mass Pike in
western MA for doing 76 in a 65! Talk about a revenue hungry SOB.