1992 Rover - Austin 200 216 Cabriolet 1.6 16v DOHC from UK and Ireland
Fast, reliable, open top fun
The clutch needed replacing and the flywheel skimming at 35,000 miles.
The performance of the 1.6 twin cam Honda built engine is outstanding, however it has to be worked to get the most out of it with the power only really coming in after 3,500 rpm.
Considering that it's a cabriolet, it's remarkably rattle free, but is somewhat noisy at motorway speeds.
The stiff suspension gives a bumpy ride, but it does corner well with the hood up, with the hood down it suffers quite a lot from the chassis flexing.
It's very well specified with 15" alloys, factory fitted alarm, electric windows and mirrors, power hood, central locking and sports seats as original equipment.
It starts first time every time and has never let me down.
For reliable, fast and fun open top motoring at a sensible price, I think that it's very difficult to beat and when I replace it later in the year I am going to get another one, just newer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd January, 2003