1990 Rover - Austin Maestro MG 2.0i
Once you're inside, you forget it's a Maestro
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.
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.