Rover - Austin Metro Review from Austria

1983 Rover - Austin Metro MG 1.3

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1984
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80 kilometres
Most recent distance7700 kilometres
Previous carMorris Marina


Indeed a real MG!


Bought the car new - absolute inferior dealership.

Blew off several exhaust manifold clamps.

Exhaust broke.

Engine went with 8000km, shortly after my ownership. Took six weeks to replace the engine.

2000km further gearbox went - case exploded and box internals laid on the street... with fortunately no harm to persons or other goods.

General Comments:

Apart from the engine/gearbox incident, a marvelous car. Superb road-holding, second to none at that time.

Very economical, would be OK even now in comparison with modern euro-boxes.

Nice finish.

Acceptable comfort for small wheels/wheelbase.

Can be regarded as real MG - created by humble origins and refined to a special car with modest outlay.

Sadly let down by a completely inadequate dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2008

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review