1993 Rover - Austin 200 214 SLI 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheap as chips to buy, cheap to run and easy to work on, but watch that head gasket
Head Gasket failure, sometime below 30,000 miles. Failed again at after DIY repair 43,000. Moral of that story, get the head skimmed.
An old car, and it shows compared to more modern options, handling and ride comfort are not fantastic, but acceptable.
The 1.4 K Series 16v engine was, and remains a radical design, but true to the build quality of British cars, the corners cut always lead to problems, notably with head gasket failure that's hard to repair adequately.
That said, it's a good engine, the older single point injection SLI models are not as quick, but surprisingly economical.
The body wears reasonably well too, rust starts around the rear and front arches, but can progress a long way to quite a tatty looking car before it's an MOT failure.
Cheap as chips to buy, cheap to run and easy to work on, but watch that head gasket.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th February, 2008