Rover - Austin Princess Review from UK and Ireland

1978 Rover - Austin Princess HL 2.2 petrol

Year of manufacture1978
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Clutch (100K) and other normal wear and tear items, Headlamp switch only failure, otherwise reliable over last 60K.

Rust on back/bottom corners of rear doors and trim panels. Better than my 9 year old Rover 820.

General Comments:

6 Cylinder engine excellent, very smooth, but thirsty when used hard (down to 15mpg, normally around 25-30). Regular servicing essential, twin carbs are hard to balance.

Excellent ride, reasonable handling. Quiet. Lots of space.

Very durable well made car, (this one must have been built mid-week) and much better than reputation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 1998

1st May 2006, 08:36

These cars never had 6 cylinder engines - only the 4 cylinder O-series engine.

1st May 2006, 10:34

WRONG. The Princess 2200 had a transverse 6 cylinder engine with twin SUs.

1st May 2006, 16:10

Which six cylinder engine was it? I have worked on one of these cars and I didn't think there was enough room in there for a straight six to be installed.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review