Nice to drive, but a nightmare if the cylinder head gasket blows!
At 64,000 miles, halfway up the A1 on a dark night with a wife,and two children under 5 years in the car, the cylinder head gasket went, steam burst out from under the bonnet and we coasted onto the hard shoulder.
Result. Two valves had melted and the engine never worked again due to the intense heat caused.
It worked out too expensive to repair ( replace engine ) and the car was sold for £250 scrap rather than its book value of about £1,800.
Garage told me that the cylinder head gaskets are more prone to go on this model and this was not the first unrepiarable engine he had seen.....
Result. A very bad week and a not very happy Rover 214si owner.
Have gone back to buying Nissan cars, they have yet to let me down.
Sorry Rover !
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th September, 2000