Rover - Austin 600 Review from Belgium

1996 Rover - Austin 600 620 Ti 2.0 turbo

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Nice driving experience... if the car's not yours

Faults:

- alternator broke down after 15 days of ownership.

- pool of water on driver's side foot well every time it rained or when the car was washed (the whole left front wing had to be replaced, the dashboard had to be dismantled etc)

- the car eventually self-ignited and was a total loss.

General Comments:

The car was bought at a rover dealership, came with one year warranty, had a full service history and one previous owner.

Still, after ten months of ownership and multiple costly problems (see above) the car self-ignited on a warm may evening. The engine bay was destroyed and the insurance company could not bother with the hassle of finding out what went wrong.

In any case, a great driving experience let down by extremely poor dealers and very poor build quality. For a bit more money and same performance I'd go for a Lancia Kappa 2.0T 20v.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2005

9th Dec 2005, 16:07

I agree with with writer of last comment.

2nd Feb 2006, 08:41

I bought a 1997 Rover 618i 6 months ago (July 05) for £875. It's got 58k miles on it and is an amazing car for the money. My brother has just bought one the same with 1/2 leather seats. Totally reliable so far and a pleasure to drive.

2nd Jul 2006, 17:48

I've just bought a Rover 620 ti from a dealer for £650, and it's dropped its engine oil on my road and developed a misfire, which I believe to be electrical. How's that for good service then?

13th Oct 2007, 14:22

You want reliability and you're suggesting a Lancia?!! No ta!!

I've had my ti for about 15 months, clocked around 13k now and it's been superb! I've not spent on the car other than servicing and fuel.

I love how people drive one example which may have problems and say the whole of the breed is duff, 'I've driven one car from the range for a bit, so I'm an expert on them!'

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