2002 Rover - Austin 25 1.8


A great car, fun to drive


Had to change the coils - 150 pounds (naturally paid in Israeli Shekels) incl. labor. A friend of mine with a Meganne had the same problem so I guess changing the coils every 4 years is OK.

Had to clean the Air Temperature Sensor - the car stuttered in the morning; garage cleaned the sensor for 10 pounds.

General Comments:

A great value for money. It rides very well, gains speed in a lovely way and is very nippy.

The car comes with a Sunroof, 4 electric windows, central locking, electric mirrors, alloys.

The variable steptronic transmission is very nice and I am now addicted to the smooth drive.

Seats are superb - I suffer from lower back pains and chose the car, inter alia, due to the seats which let you change the support to the lower back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2006

2001 Rover - Austin 25 R25 1.8 Steptronic


Nippy and lovable

General Comments:

Although I own it for only a couple of months, I love the car. I never meant to buy a Rover, as they went bankrupt and were not known for their reliability.

However, I stumbled across one, drove it, and bought it.

It drives real well, although the 1.8 is automatic. The torque is nice and you get the max torque already at 2700 RPM. My previous Mazda was a manual 1.8, but max torque was at 4700, and that's a big difference.

Head gasket was changed by previous owner, and sunroof also. I know this doesn't mean I won't have to change them, but the interior is impressing, the handling is great and so are the seats (although not like in Peugeot hatches).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2005