1987 Rover - Austin 200 Reviews

1987 Rover - Austin 200 213S 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

OK if you can find one that isn't rusty

Faults:

Nothing major went wrong in the time I owned it - until I wrote it off that is...

General Comments:

A real old man's car - mine was even the same colour as most hearing aids...

Very susceptible to rust, especially underneath.

Adequate performance and handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2005

1987 Rover - Austin 200 213 S 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

Incredible build quality - tidy little runaround

Faults:

I had this car a short space of time so:

Water pump went.

...which was followed by a bad repair job which bent all the valves!! Pity.

General Comments:

I'll get one thing out of the way and say the Rover 213 wasn't a great car when it came to performance. It struggled, it really did. The car was pretty heavy, I felt that the 1.3 really didn't do it any favours.

But I didn't buy it for track days...

The interior was pretty awesome. 100% cloth trim (not leather), with HUGE, soft sofa-like seats, and MASSIVE headrests. There was carpetting everywhere. One thing I'll remember about the old Rover's is that they kept the driver in comfort.

My model was pretty basic in gadgets, just a heater, but it was a second hand, cheap runaround. It had silly mpg, £5 for 100 miles or thereabouts, and they were built to last. You just had to open the bonnet (which I did when I got it, there were cobwebs in there!!) to feel the build quality. You could drive it through a wall and come out the other side with a few scratches on the paint!!

I have owned an exact one of these before, and the Honda engine outlived the body.

Unfortunately, it was the other way around this time. A simple water-pump failure was repaired and the cambelt was put on incorrectly and bent the valves on start-up. : (

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2005

1987 Rover - Austin 200 216 S 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Apart from usual exhaust and tyres at usual intervals; head gasket at 110 k, clutch at 115k and a few oil leaks have been the only problems. 2 alternators but not bad on a 136k car.

General Comments:

Good car, very reliable. Cheap to run if you avoid dealers who rip you off. Get a good independent mechanic to do the work if you can't do it yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews