1994 Rover - Austin 200 214 Si 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
A reliable, economical workhorse
Alternator failed at 71000 miles.
Gearbox whining badly, and smell of hot gear oil in heavy traffic. Plenty about in scrap yards, so fixing it not really a problem.
Bad clutch judder caused by spring on cable self-adjuster getting weak- will replace it when I change the gearbox.
Very quick for a small engine in a relatively big car.
Handling passable in the dry, but lethal in the wet- terminal understeer!
Quality trim makes for comfort on long journeys.
Fuel economy excellent- anything from 35 to 50mpg depending on driving conditions.
Grandad image, but at £700 for 18 months/12000 miles of almost trouble-free motoring, I don't care!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th March, 2003