1996 Rover - Austin 200 Si 1.6i K series from UK and Ireland
Could show a Corsa GSi a thing or two, but make sure it's sold with a warranty!
Interior de-mister fans still run when car isn't running or even locked which flattens the battery.
Water leaks into the boot.
Water leaks into passenger foot-well.
Water did leak in Ariel, but this has now been resolved.
Manifold gasket needed replacement at 41,000 miles.
Boot lock/catch failed. This resulted in the boot flying open when driving.
Water leak in the boot causes the rear windscreen wiper to fail - so I'm told!
Reverse gear is difficult to engage and frequently pops out of gear.
Plastic trim rattles badly.
A Twin Camshaft 16 valve engine makes this car enjoyably quick.
However Rover just haven't prioritised the build quality of these cars. It really isn't good enough. No wonder the 25 was offered to potential buyers with a three year warranty - you'll need it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2002