1995 Rover - Austin 200 Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1995 Rover - Austin 200 214 SEi 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A bargain, basically a smaller engined GSi

Faults:

Burst radiator.

Burst water pump seal due to heat from the radiator bursting.

General Comments:

Comfortable.

Nice sporty interior, half leather trim.

Responsive, revvy engine.

Engine responds well to modifying.

Car suffers from a bit of body roll, grip is fine, but a flatter ride would be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2001

1995 Rover - Austin 200 SLD 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

It has 4 wheels

Faults:

Broken clutch cable at 40000 miles.

General Comments:

It has 4 wheels, the running costs are reasonable due to the powerful yet economical diesel engine.

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

Review Date: 13th September, 2001

1995 Rover - Austin 200 218 SD Turbo 1.8 TD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 TD Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles

Summary:

Economy and reliability. Nothing else!

Faults:

No faults.

General Comments:

Despite decent economy and a pleasant dealer, I really didn't like this car.

For starters, the thing is virtually undriveable. Under 2,000 RPM literally nothing happens if you try to accelerate. Then suddenly the turbo spools up, and the car slingshots forward for a second or so until it hits 3,500 RPM where the engine runs out of steam. By 4,000 it's completely dead again. So you have an effective useable rev range of 1,500 RPM, which is a joke in a modern car.

The result is a car which needs more gear changes, and is harder work to drive smoothly around town than your average sports car. Equally worryingly, the (allegedly Peugeot) engine also sounds agricultural and rattly, like diesels used to about 15 years ago. A steady 45-50 mpg was the only compensation!

The ride is comfortable but the car floats and wallows over uneven surfaces - almost like the dampers are shot, but not the case according to the (very polite and helpful) dealer. The car also ploughs straight on in the wet at frighteningly low speeds, and has no steering feel whatsoever.

Standard equipment is non existent. A tinny sounding stereo, power steering and that's your lot. No sunroof, manual windows and one electric mirror! Penny pinching in the extreme.

All I really liked about it was that it was economical, however it was driven. The dealer was pleasant too, but everything else was forgettable or just hopeless.

I'm not anti-diesel or anti-Rover. I loved the diesel Peugeot 306 (direct rival) and enjoyed the Rovers (214SLi, 623 Si and 820) that I've driven before. This car is really disappointing though.

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

Review Date: 9th July, 2001

1995 Rover - Austin 200 214 SLi 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles

Summary:

Poor build quality (help please!)

Faults:

Irritating clonks coming from the rear, (any ideas?) even over the mildest bumps. Vibration cutting in around 2,500 rpm behind the dashboard near the speedos. Drivers seat squeaks like mad at every bump (I'm only 11 stone).

Rear windows settle in a slightly open position with accompanying wind roar at even slight speeds.

General Comments:

Very comfortable apart from the racket.

Mystery leak cured by radweld.

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

Review Date: 26th March, 2001

27th Mar 2001, 06:14

That vibration at 2500rpm could be the heat shield under the exhaust. I had exactly this problem fixed today. Runs great now and you don't actually need the lower half of the heat shield, the newer cars don't have them according to my mechanic.

15th May 2001, 03:32

I had the same problem, A rover 214 I mean so I sold it!

1995 Rover - Austin 200 214Si 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

A lovely built car

Faults:

Air bag ECU was faulty (light remained on only).

Replaced the exhaust.

Reversing switch fault.

General Comments:

I love the car, having had it for over 4 years. It is reliable, comfortable, nippy, versatile and looks good!

A well built car inside and out. Hard to fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2001

1995 Rover - Austin 200 216 Coupe 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

Good looking, fun and reliable

Faults:

The paint on the boot spoiler is bubbling for some reason and I have seen others similar to this.

Mechanically it has been 100% reliable.

General Comments:

The engine is very sweet and revs like mad up to its 7200 rpm limit. It is quite fast and sounds good unlike some other Rovers.

The handling is a little soft and can be rolly polly for a coupe, but it is adequate.

It has been extremely reliable and is great fun to drive and looks mean.

After driving all other Rover coupes it is the best balanced for handling and is the easiest to steer etc.

For a 1600 it is very fast as long as you are not going up a big hill, but when it's busy revving it's as quick as most 2.0 cars.

Interior is lovely (leather) and real wood. It is very comfortable, but there is a bit of wind noise through the T-bar roof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2001

15th Feb 2001, 07:43

Your 216 Coupe is Honda powered, that's why it's so reliable. When BMW took over Rover, sadly they didn't use Honda engines anymore in the 200/400 models, except in some of the automatics.

11th May 2003, 19:39

Praise the Honda engine. the car I own is a 216 coupe with the Honda engine and it is sound. two previous rovers I owned were the 214 16v hatch and the 220 16v non turbo coupe. both of which where a nightmare for head gasket problems.

24th Jul 2004, 10:26

I own a 95 coupe with the Honda engine, and the head gaskets do let go after about 100k (I've just had mine fixed). Although it still goes well it has developed a thirst for oil so make sure you get the engines checked out well before you part with any cash. Looks like I need a full re-build to resolve this problem.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 43 reviews