Rover - Austin 200 Review from Israel

1997 Rover - Austin 200 216 Si 1.6 petrol

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Tempra

Summary:

If you like it, buy it! There is no other option for feeling like a king for almost no money

Faults:

The gearbox housing is broken and has to be changed.

Since I live in Israel, my options are either to import one from the UK or search for a used one.

When I bought the car, it had many leaks in the engine compartment. I fixed everything for about 430 USD.

General Comments:

This car suffers from an image problem. It is said to be driven by old people exclusively and being slow. This just isn't true.

The 216 was faster than most cars with a 1.6 engines in the 1990's.

It also handles pretty well and had a great ride.

This is actually the second one I've owned. I've had another one when living in South America, but it was a manual one. I had to leave it there when I left.

One thing I have to add is the fact that you should avoid the automatic ones. They are filled with problems to be solved, but just keep coming back.

In manual version, it's a great car.

In addition, the interior of the Rover is pretty comfortable. The seats are in good order, the dashboard is nice to look at and it's a nice place to be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2009

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review