Rover - Austin 800 Review from Switzerland

1993 Rover - Austin 800 827Si 2.7lt

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7lt Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired131000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carAudi A6


Best value for money


Until now, no problem with the car.

General Comments:

In order to save some money I decided to sell my Audi A6 1999 and buy a cheap car.

I found a Rover 827 with 131000 km and built in 1993. The condition of the car and its price was very interesting, so I decided to buy it, although I know about the bad image which Rover Cars have in terms of quality and reliability.

The more I drive the car, the more I like it, even the automatic transmission is sometime not very smooth, compared with the Audi A6 1998 which I had before, but does the job.

Also I remark some noises coming from deformations in the structure when driving over bad roads. Structure seems not very rigid.

The interior is just in perfect condition after 9 years and with more than 130000 km! Leather of the seats looks as if new.

A comfortable car, best value for money. (I got it for only 4500 Swiss Francs!, all options included).

If you want a comfortable car and don't matter about little old-fashioned design, then this car is best for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2002

18th Mar 2008, 17:15

This car has a Honda engine which, as long as it's serviced correctly, will comfortably pass 200,000 miles (320,000 kms) and still deliver all its power smoothly. It's a great engine.

The quality of the 800 was variable. If you get a good one (and it sounds like you did), it will be a good, reliable car. Get a bad one though and it will be a nightmare.

I ran a 1996 820 Vitesse Sport (2.0 turbo) as a company car which did 150,000 miles (240,000 kms) and apart from a slight appetite for engine oil, drove beautifully. Apart from a gearbox failure in its first year, and a problem with the dash top peeling away towards the end, it was 100% fault free. Even the clutch was original and still didn't slip or judder.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review