1989 Rover - Austin 200 216sx 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
A big surprise in every part
My head gasket is about to go, due to 52000 miles.
The interior roof is all torn at the back, due to damp.
The sunroof is leaking, hence the roof.
The rust is taking over the car.
The car body over all is interesting in design, with a unique style of its own.
The security isn't that good, but nothing a good alarm system couldn't solve. Which stopped someone leaving with my car by bending the door back. I still have two little dents, but the door is stronger than people think.
The car handles perfect and the driver has control of the car.
When I bought the car all I saw was a bargain runaround for a few months, but I just fell in love with the performance.
The car has never broken down on me apart from a sluggish drive once, which a good rev of the engine solved.
My only problem with the car is the rust, it is taking over the car. I have it on two doors, on both my rear wheel arches, two big holes the size of a fifty pence behind one back door, a hole under body the size of a one pence and my boot is starting to give way at the back due to someone using it as an emergency stop and then leaving.
My one confusion is that I have wind down windows, but I also have an electric sunroof.
The interior, apart from the roof is in brilliant condition, due to seat covers always being used and good house keeping.
I have a little oil leak due to my head gasket due to go, but that is expected. At least it isn't leaking in water.
It is hard to insure it at my age due to the size of the engine hence why I am trading it in for a Ford KA.
Over all I am pleased with my car and if it wasn't for the insurance and rust I would keep this car for a few more years.
When I bought this car I bought it for £300 in a standard condition, with a years tax and mot. Since then I have made it look more sporty. it is surprising how good a car like this can look. Who ever called it a granddad car obviously had no ambition in exploring.
If you get offered one of these cars try it out, you will be surprised.
The one main problem I had was that the car is a mix of so many different types, it is hard to find good modification ideas. So I came up with one of my own.
If you want to see a picture of it, or you want information on it, all you have to do is ask.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2004