1990 Rover - Austin Maestro Reviews from UK and Ireland

1990 Rover - Austin Maestro MG 2.0i

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Once you're inside, you forget it's a Maestro

Faults:

Cooling fan replaced.

Exhaust manifold replaced (twice).

An orchestra of squeaks and rattles from the interior.

Constant care required to keep the rust at bay.

General Comments:

This car came with full service history, 63,000 miles on the clock, and is immaculate inside and out.

It has performance air filters and an up-rated exhaust, produces 130 HP at 5,000 RPM, and 148 lbs/ft torque at 2,800 RPM.

It cost me £400!

This is by far the quickest, most responsive, best handling car I have owned.

If you can find a good one, then you're in for some very rewarding motoring.

There's plenty of spares (at the scrap-yard!) and running costs are low considering the performance.

The only annoyance is the layout of the controls. The rear wash/wipe and the heater controls are obscured by the steering wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2001

26th Nov 2001, 17:29

Good review. I own a 2.0i MG Maestro in targa red, it's E reg, has 146.000 miles on the clock, some minor rust, but otherwise OK until October 27th 2001.

Then she met a Metro who pulled out straight in front of her from a junction and smashed up her o/s front wing, bonnet, headlamp, indicator and spoiler .Never mind eh. Hopefully the insurance pays out soon and she will be back on the road, getting bored with a 1.4 GL Escort.

1990 Rover - Austin Maestro LX 1.6 S type petrol

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 S type petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

A good bargain tank

Faults:

Nothing much at all... an exhaust (a bit pricey) and central locking works selectively.

Radiator is on its last legs and I've chucked the radio away!

Trim crumbles with use.

General Comments:

Good all rounder, comfortable and not too bad on the motorway. Easy to service.

Real easy target for sods who screwdriver locks!

Made of rubbish steel and rusts badly, but overall good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2001

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews