1991 Rover - Austin 200 Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216 GTi 1.6 twin cam from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

More aggressive than similarly pitched cars

Faults:

Distirbutor needed replacing at 75,000.

Changed the timing belt at 70,000.

Petrol tank holed at 80,000.

Onto my third set of front discs.

New bushes in the rear suspension linkages.

Play in the CV joints at 85,000.

General Comments:

A very reliable engine that can be taken to the 7250 rpm red line quite comfortably, very revvy with little power below 3000 rpm, likes to drink petrol but what GTi doesn't?

Body finish could be a bit better, excellent with sticky rubber.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2000

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

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 twincam 16v Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX twin turbo

Summary:

Middle aged man's chariot

Faults:

Rear wash wipe didn't work.

Front tyres wear on the edges.

Clutch judder.

General Comments:

Not a bad car, a bit of a Grandads one though

I would be interested in some body styling kits and other performance parts.

Does anyone contact details for a supplier of Rover 200 mods?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2000

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216 GSi 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Underestimated bargain

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

For the high mileage and age it is in very good condition and the bodywork is also in good condition.

Great to drive, for anyone looking for an older car with some extras, this is is a good cheap buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2000

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216 GSi 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles

Summary:

For the money you won't find a more capable car

Faults:

Ignition coil.

Both CV joints due to CV boots not being changed in about 5 years.

Radio display started to go wrong at about 95,000.

General Comments:

The car feels very good to drive, although I've had it since I passed my test, it still feels a nice car.

Good ride quality, good long distance car, reliable, not bad looking, can handle well when it needs to, I took mine to the Nurburgring, it was outpaced but it was still fun to drive.

I've driven a Corrado VR6 and a Rover 620 Turbo and my Rover was as good in terms of ride quality and predictibility. It didn't beat either in terms of performance, or the Corrado for handling, but for the money, it is hard to beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2000

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216 GTi 1.6 Twin Cam 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Twin Cam 16V petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego

Summary:

High insurance, high performance, now a real bargain

Faults:

Brake pads / discs need regular changing.

General Comments:

Whehehey, 5000rpm & above. 0-60 about 7 secs, 120 mph top speed.

Not bad for what it is, a 5 seat comfortable go-kart. Insurance is high though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2000

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216GSi 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles

Summary:

The best 1000ukp car you can buy

Faults:

Distributor failure under heavy acceleration. Lasted longer than it should have done!

General Comments:

I struggle to imagine a cheaper, more fun car.

Fast, comfortable, reliable, my only gripes are the Rover dealers, who try their best to rip you off, the handling, which is woolly to say the least, and the fuel consumption, although I guess that's more down to the age of the car than anything else.

I would dearly love another Rover, but I couldn't bring myself to sell this one. I don't believe there's a better car available for the £900 that it's allegedly worth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2000

1991 Rover - Austin 200 214 Si 1.4 16 valve from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 16 valve 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 acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carSAAB 96

Summary:

Second hand bargain

Faults:

Required a replacement gearbox at an indicated 92,000 miles, which seemed low.

Rear wiper packed in after a respectable 100,000.

Rear driver's side light cluster filling with water.

Drivers seat collapsing from 80,000.

Some minor rust on both ends of the bonnet and front wings.

General Comments:

Great engine, loves to be revved up to 6500 redline. However, for a car of this size it doesn't have enough capacity for the torque needed; it requires constant downchanging to make progress, below 3000rpm there is little in the way of pull. Ride and handling respectable.

Nice interior design for a car of its age, plenty of space and decent boot. Body good for a few more years, 130,000 miles and still going for a highly strung engine can't be bad!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th July, 2000

1991 Rover - Austin 200 216 GTi 1.6 16V petrol from France

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 16V petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Timing belt at 100000 km, rear disc brake at 135000 km and that's all.

General Comments:

A very very good car, very reliable with great performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th September, 1999

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

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing, I got it second hand under twelve months warranty, there were a couple of dodgy tyres but they were all replaced free of charge with tyres of my choice.

General Comments:

Good, relatively cheap, reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 32 reviews