Rover - Austin 800 Reviews from Netherlands

1989 Rover - Austin 800 827 Vitesse 2.7 V6 petrol

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.7 V6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles

Summary:

Gentleman's express

Faults:

Black rubber at the top of the rear window was looking bad. I removed it and spray painted it with rubber coating for E20.

The car had a very low mileage (70.000km), so it must have been stationary for a long period. This is nice, but it brings problems (minor):

- Rubbers in the front suspension changed.

- Stabilization bars and connections changed.

- Brakes: 820 brakes were fitted by the previous owner, but now Vitesse 827 brakes are installed.

Rust on the sunroof frame inside the cabin. I removed it with 120 and 240 sandpaper, and then of course rust-converter, price E10, and finished it with black spray paint.

The car came from Switzerland, and had seen a lot of sun, so the leather needed some tender love and care. Leather revival kit, soap and cream, price E30 (good result)!!

Cooling water expansion tank dried out at the hose connection, making it weak (new tank installed).

And normal maintenance; oil change, oil filter and gearbox oil.

General Comments:

The Rover 827 is a fine combination between British styling and Japanese engineering.

The engine is a match made in heaven for the car. Most of the modern day cars are no match.

If you drive at highway speed, the engine is lively and smooth, and the kickdown response is sensational.

The fuel consumption is not really a subject on a hobby car, but for whoever is interested, 1 liter per 10 kilometer on average, but it also depends on your right foot.

In Holland, the car is very rare, and you catch the eyes of everybody, young and old, man or woman.

The car is steel grey on the outside and mink brown on the inside. The combination is perfect; sporty but chic on the outside, and a slice of old England on the inside.

The reason I bought the car was my father; he owned a 2600 SD1 mk1 in the early 80's. The response of my brother was to buy a targa red Vitesse SDI 1985 model.

Because I was only 15 at the time, I had to wait, but meanwhile my father bought a 827 Si 1993 saloon in black with creme leather interior.

I was in love with the 800 series.

And finally the day arrives that you have your licence, and you can spend your hard earned cash on something you love.

If you are looking for a reliable classic that will turn heads, look no further.

Now I am 21 years old, and I'm not planning to sell her ever!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2011

1993 Rover - Austin 800 Si Fastback ABS 2.0 T-series

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 T-series Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17100 kilometres
Most recent distance172500 kilometres

Summary:

I love it!!!

Faults:

- The clutch slave cylinder leaked and had to be replaced.

- The electric windows on the driver's side wouldn't open; I got this fixed (soldering the contacts under the switch in the door).

General Comments:

I love the fastback design, great interior, especially the seats. The only minor problem is that some plastic parts rattle at certain speeds.

The ride comfort is very good, although it's a very soft ride and the cornering is a little unpredictable, though very stable.

Acceleration and fuel consumption are very good for a car of this size and age - I manage about 35 mpg on average.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2009

1993 Rover - Austin 800 820i 2.0i-16v

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0i-16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired165700 kilometres
Most recent distance174850 kilometres
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

Big car for small money

Faults:

I had to replace the radiator because it was really gone. Three oil leaks were found, but these are minor (and very expensive to repair), so there's no hurry there. The powered window at the driver's site something refuses to close, but this happens mostly when it's warm (no problem this Summer!).

General Comments:

I first was looking for a cheap Volvo 940, but then I found a real cheap, big and well-maintained car...

This Rover is not sophisticated, but drives really nice. Although it would be good if the engine made a little less noise on the motorway.

Furthermore spacious, fast, exclusive (only four other Rover 800s in my town), good looking and reliable. The yearly APK (MOT) was no problem. No repairs there.

Although not as nice as my brother's Rover P5 3.0, I'm really happy to own this Rover.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2002

30th Oct 2002, 15:05

I had 2 of these over 5 years from new.

To say they were unreliable is to be kind but I had to accept them as company cars.

Burst head gasket, electric windows failed at least 10 times, clutch went, exhaust went, engine kept flooding when started, trim squeaked. Alloy wheels corroded to hubs and could not be moved.

All in all the most unreliable cars I have ever driven. Big and roomy, but unable to go round S bends without making you sick!

Absolutely horrible.

NEVER EVER again!

1993 Rover - Austin 800 820i 2.0i-16v

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0i-16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired166500 kilometres
Most recent distance172500 kilometres
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

A cheap long distance limousine

Faults:

Because the car had been parked for more than five months, the radiator had to be replaced.

The powered window on the driver's side wasn't working smoothly anymore. This is repaired now.

A minor oil leak is discovered and this will be repaired during MOT/APK.

General Comments:

I'm very positive about the space in this car.

Engine performance and handling is very good.

I think the engine makes too much noise when accelerating on the motorway. Fuel consumption on the other hand is very modest.

Suspension is not too much of fun on very bad roads. Makes the CD player nervous! On motor ways it's perfect.

Good seats, nice wood trim, full options and elegant looks. Booth space is 100%!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2002

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews