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Triumph Acclaim (1981 - 1984)

Last updated 13 November 2017

Buying Guide


  • Honda mechnicals makes for a reliable proposition
  • Engines can happily cover 100k (although oil consumption increases)
  • Gearboxes often outlast the car
  • Brakes (front discs) and fuel economy good for the time


  • Entry-level models were basic
  • Interior can be cramped for four adults
  • Seat fouls the handbrake
  • Not much storage


  • Rust - wings, arches, valences are all targets for the tinworm. 
  • Bootlids and bonnets also corrode.
  • Sills and rear suspension also weak spots.
  • Wiper motors, electric windows and rear heated windscreens fail.
  • 'Ticking' from alternator side of engine often means a worn water pump.
  • Cambelt changes are due every three years.
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