1985 Rover - Austin SD1 3500 Vitesse 3.5 V8
Poor mans Aston Martin?
Having bought the car with 160000 km on the clock naturally it needed a little attention.
New camshaft, hydraulic tappets were needed.
Beyond that an electric window gave some trouble.
New seal for the power steering reservoir.
Some rust in passenger door.
Slow starter - You need to crank for quite a while, but has never failed yet.
Rear vision can be troublesome when trying to park.
Interior quality could have been better.
Braking is more adequate than great - (front discs, rear drums)
Feeble ventilation system.
Glorious sound from the Rover V8 giving 193 hp.
Great acceleration - built for motorway cruising.
Good supportive seats.
Good manual gearbox.
Handles really well, and with looks to match.
A big car in city traffic, felt much bigger than my Saab 9000, but once You got the hang of it, You can park perfectly thanks to good servo steering.
The car still has great visual appeal turning heads everywhere. Kids ask if it is a race car :)
Maintenance costs a bit heavy, though.
Fitted a stainless steel sports exhaust, costly, but worth it. Better performance in the high revs..
Fuel consumption varies - relaxed motorway cruising @110 km/h gave an indicated 10,8 km /l however, in the city roughly 7,5 km /l.
All in all a great car, but not flawless.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st August, 2003