1986 Rover - Austin Maestro Van 500 2.0 diesel
Reliable, economical, cheap to buy and run, what more more do you need?
Very little. One front wheel bearing had to be replaced, I was told this is a problem area with these vehicles.
The maestro van is a brilliant workhorse. The 2.0 perkins diesel is a bit rough n ready, but is always a first time starter and consistently returns 55 mpg. It's no ball of fire and the weight of the engine affects the handling, but it is a van after all and I use it as an everyday hack. Some jobs are awkward (cam belt, water pump, wheel bearing), but for some reason mine hasn't rusted too badly, so I envisage keeping it for some time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2003