1991 Rover - Austin 200 GTi 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Grippy, frugal, light and easy to drive
Head gasket leaking at 111,000.
CV joints knocking at 111,000.
Gearbox ticking at 111,000.
Rain leaks at 111,000.
Sump gasket leaking at 119,000.
The gearbox has a nice ticking noise which matches the engine when it's cold.
I must say the car handles extremely well for a 5 door hatch and a Rover to boot.
I bought the car knowing some of its high milage problems, but have enjoyed the ownership.
Like other comments about the 200, my car likes to leak rain water in wherever it can see a gap. Boot, front door seals, front windscreen and the top of the hatch onto the backseat.
I believe the gearbox noise is common on the GTI DOHC, but with the window down and the stereo up, I can't hear it!
Excellent MPG for a GT, 32-38.
The gearbox is an absolute delight. Apart from the ticking which makes the car noisy above 55mph. Still not bad for a grand.
Although registered in FEB 1991, the local Rover dealer stated the car was manufactured in Sept 89. Looks like Black 5 door GTI'S were not too popular.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th July, 2001