Rover - Austin 400 Review from Malta

1995 Rover - Austin 400 414i

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta


I was happy with the performance until this happened


Oil seeping to water cooling system.

Head gasket was removed. No corrosion visible, but the two plastic dowels showed wear. Difficult to understand how the oil seeped to the water chambers as the seals on the gasket showed good sealing.

If the dowels are replaced with two metal ones and the gasket replaced would this solve the problem? Any help? Thanks Michael.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review