1995 Rover - Austin 200 220 GSI 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Cheap for a 2 litre 130mph car, pick one a top notch one for £3995
Clip went on coolant hose meaning complete loss of coolant and serious overheating - only cost £30 to fix at Rover dealer.
Leaking head gasket but seems to have stopped now.
Brakes getting filled with dirt and squelling.
A faulty front shock (due to be replaced with Koni shocks and uprated Moto build springs when I can afford it!).
New rear tyres.
Nothing really major, very happy with the car and dealer cheap and professional.
Good car, cheap to buy and relatively cheap to run for a hot hatch. Is a little lacking in performance below 3000rpm, but drop a cog and floor it and you're smiling. Can be expensive to run but search around and you're OK. My rear tyres are £100 normally, I found same tyres for £55! Plenty of grip on corners but does roll too much (soon to be solved see above!) but handles better than a Coupe! Very crap ICE. Now been dynamatted (stops the infernal rattles!) and Infinity and Sony ICE - much better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2000