1994 Rover - Austin 200 Reviews - Page 8 of 11

1994 Rover - Austin 200 GSi 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Super performance and reliability and comfort for less dent in your wallet

Faults:

Idle sensor went and cost £100 to repair.

General Comments:

This car is very quick, 0-60 in 6.2 secs and a top speed of 150mph.

Sierra and Escort Cosworth performance at a much cheaper price.

Very rare car.

Luxurious interior. However, some minor squeaks now and again.

If you want performance and are strapped for cash, buy one of these and still compete with the big boys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2001

1994 Rover - Austin 200 SEI 1.4 twin cam, 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 twin cam, 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Good quality, comfortable and economical

Faults:

This is my second car, my first was a Nova 1000cc.

I fell in love with the looks and interior. 15" alloys and half leather seats plus extras like alarm, imobiliser, remote central locking and electric windows.

It always starts 1st time. Road holding is super and performance is OK. Nothing much happens until you reach about 4000 rpm. When you're not burning off old XR3's it's very economical @ about 40mpg.

General Comments:

Very nice looks and an extremely comfortable interior. Economical too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2001

1994 Rover - Austin 200 214 SEi 16v 1.4i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4i 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance52500 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

An energetic, comfortable, economy car

Faults:

Remote Central locking didn't work in the driver's door.

The clutch went within 5 weeks. Then the alternator which caused the immobiliser to reset itself rendering the car immobile for about a week till Rover worked out how to fix it.

Apart from that not a lot really. No, sorry, one of the heater knobs came off as well.

General Comments:

Not your bog standard 200 I have to say, nice looking car, alloys as standard and half leather interior. Very comfortable and spacious.

Excellent handling as long as you don't mind a bit of body roll here and there. Power steering is a bit lifeless, but OK once you get used to it.

For a 1.4 this car really moves! Once you get above 3000 RPM you can really feel the pull. I've driven my friends XR3i and there is little difference in performance.

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

Review Date: 8th March, 2001

1994 Rover - Austin 200 Si 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80880 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

A good all round car with good fuel economy

Faults:

Water pump went on New Years Day - water leaking out as fast as you could put it in.

2 days out of the garage for the above, the cam belt snapped, engine un-repairable - new engine.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable - starts every time.

It is able to keep up with older 1.8L & 1.8L cars.

Very quiet and smooth drive.

The radio on this model is naff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2001

1994 Rover - Austin 200 214 SEi 1.4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

A wolf in sheep's clothing

Faults:

Water pump leaked.

Front discs replaced.

General Comments:

Cheap and easy to repair if anything should go wrong.

Handles superbly on corners and bends due to the wide 15" wheels.

Loves to be revved over 4000, where it kicks in although a little high when cruising at 70mph.

Never fails to start straight away.

THe original stereo is rubbish so I replaced it with a CD player.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2001

4th Feb 2001, 09:19

I'm sorry, but a Rover 214 (of any variety) is a sheep in sheep's clothing...

10th Mar 2001, 16:19

A sheep strapped to a barrel of gunpowder, uzi in one hand - pipe in the other.

15th Mar 2001, 10:07

As you people seem to be having a quiet debate all on your own I wondered if I might be allowed to play?

A sheep strapped to a barrel of gunpowder with an Uzi in one hand and a pipe in the other!

Whilst it is quite quick for a 1400cc engine let's remember that that's all it is.

Not bad, actually, but let's be realistic guys!!!

I'd like to know the most powerful car you people have driven.

This could run (and run)...

5th Apr 2001, 13:50

I was only joking when I said a wolf in sheeps clothing, but they are quite nippy for a 1400, you lot take things too literally (lighten up)

15th Sep 2001, 11:09

The most powerful car I have driven is a Granada Scorpio Cosworth 24v, leaves most motors at the lights.

10th Dec 2001, 12:38

Well I used to own a Fiat Croma turbo ie and that really was a WOLF!!!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 52 reviews