1995 Rover - Austin 100 SE Kensington 1.1 petrol
'Kelly Kensington' is a real workhorse and I use her for work as well as transport
Because it had been static outside my girlfriends house for nearly a year there were a few teething troubles when 'Kelly' was put back onto the road.
An oil and water leak had to be repaired and the tracking sorted. A total cost of 50 quid.
The heater has had it.
'Kelly Kensington' is an integral part of our young family. She's hardly the most luxurious, the fastest or nicest looking, but she gets everyone from A to B and even C if necessary.
As well as being our family run around she also brings in a sallary. On weekends I use her to deliver indian takeaways to help pay for the insurance.
Economy wise she is very cheap to run. Except when I thrash her engine either at high speed or on steep hills she is quite economical. In fact my biggest criticism is that her fuel tank is really small and my mileage is so high (6,000 miles in two months) that I find myself constantly filling up.
Shes not perfect and I have had a few problems with her listed above. Unfortunately my biggest criticism is her performance up hills, a big problem living in the Welsh valleys. Going down them though shes excellent.
The boot space can only be described as adequate for me and my future wife, but shopping often finds itself on the back seat. The comfort upfront is pretty good, but terrible in the back - but I don't need to worry about that.
The Rover has become such a big part of our lives that it seemed wrong to keep referring to our car as 'it' and so we gave her a name. It may sound like a porn star, but shes certainly a working girl.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2004