Rover - Austin SD1 Review from Netherlands

1985 Rover - Austin SD1 Vitesse 3.5

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 kilometres
Most recent distance255000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen CX 22 TRS


Stylish Hot Hatch eater!


Worn suspension bushes, shock absorbers, dynamo (twice), broken clutch lever, leaking cyl. head, rust problems and lots of electrical problems.

General Comments:

It's a very very nice car to drive.

Just love the styling. If you want to use it as an everyday car then be prepared to do some occasional repair work. Can be expensive to run on petrol however mine has run without any problems on LPG.

All in all reasonably reliable and a very good performer!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2000

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