1991 Rover - Austin 200 214 SLi 1.4 K-series from UK and Ireland


The little pocket rocket


My head gasket blew at 79000.

Replaced driver's seat.

Alternator went at 83000.

General Comments:

The car in general is a good, low cost, family car, and has a lot of benefits, and the more you push the car, the more it wants to go.

It started when I wanted more out of the car, so I took the head off, and started to port and polish the ports.

When the car came out of the factory, it had single point injection, so I changed it and put multi-point injection on it. I found it was quicker than most standard multi-point injections, because of not having the cat, but I was trying so much to get more out of the car, I modified the air box, and the car got faster and faster, but the car was so good, I didn't want to get rid of it, so now I've bought another one, but the cabriolet version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2004

1991 Rover - Austin 200 GSi 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


An excellent, high performance, low cost family hatchback


Petrol tank split.

Rear tie bar bushes split.

Rear anti roll bar bushes split.

C.V. joints.

Drive shafts snapped after 200k.

General Comments:

I used the car as a taxi, and had no problems with it, except the above. The car is still in daily use, and has never let me down.

A secondhand SEI half leather trim and a set of 220 GTi alloys from a breakers, as well as a respray, has given the car a revamp. Parts are easy to come by in scrap yards, and are cheap too. The cars are also easy to work on, and will still give most cars on the road today a run for their money.

If I were to sell the car, I would get nothing, and it's a shame to part with such a reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2004

1991 Rover - Austin 200 GTi 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Seriously quick for its price


Cam belt needed replacing at 120,000 miles.

Radiator (original factory fitted) needed replacing at 145,000.

Alternator replaced at 149,000.

General Comments:

One of the most underrated hot hatches in the UK.

Seriously quick for its price.

Surprisingly reliable, although will need standard maintenance to keep it going, which can be costly.

Chassis lets it down on handling (too heavy), but make up for it on shear speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2004

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216GTi (DOHC) 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Honda Reliabilty and Rover Class


Brake calipers to the rear need attention almost every year due to sticking and there not a cheap item to replace.

Water leaks in rear lenses although some clear silcone sealant has sorted this.

Water pump has recently been replaced.

General Comments:

Upmarket hot hatch which looks the part in the 15inch alloys, half leather and high lift rear spoiler. Drives and handles well and the gearbox is a delight to use. The engine seens bullet proof although rust is affecting the body on the bottom of the doors and front wings (a common problem)

Proberbly the best overall package for a hot hat Rover have put together and the Honda DOHC engine is the only one to have, avoid the 2.0 Rover engine like the plague.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

1991 Rover - Austin 200 214GSi 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


A nice car to look at and drive, but has too many problems to bother keeping on the road


Just prior to me getting it had:

Head gasket failure

New cambelt

ECU replaced

New radiator

After I had it:

Coolant leak, engine overheated. Needed new cylinder head due to misaligned bolts from prior rebuild.

Top radiator hose split (not the coolant leak I'd had prior to this)

Alternator seized.

Crank case oil seal popped twice.

Tracking has had to be adjusted 5 times.

Boot leak, seemingly from the light units.

Rear seats have started to split at the stitching.

Noisy tappets, although I've been told this is common and isn't really a problem unless it gets too bad.

General Comments:

Electric windows (all round), mirrors and sunroof were nice.

Lack of ABS and PAS was a surprise, but I'd not had them on my previous car either.

Engine seemed capable, and would go like the clappers when I wanted it to.

Leather seats were comfortable, although get very hot and sticky in the summer.

Doesn't seem particularly secure, mine was broken into twice without apparent trouble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2003