1996 Rover - Austin 200 216si Auto 1.6 16V petrol from UK and Ireland
Bought it at 1 year old with 9,500 miles.
Split tyre replaced o.k., but airbag light needed 2 visits to fix.
No problems until 12 month service. Then advised about problem (rumble) in the crankshaft, which l thought l had heard. Engine then replaced at Rover's expense. Crankshaft incorrectly machined from new. Totally new unit fitted, plus gearbox coupling. (well done Rover).
Also had a squeal from front offside wheel, which appears to have disappeared with new pads fitted.
lt was a Rover dealer who pointed out the engine problem, contacted the factory, and arranged for the new engine to be fitted at their cost.
l am very pleased with this, and the new engine is running fine.
For an auto, this car performs extremely well, and the torquey engine and CVT auto box pulls the car smoothly from 0 - 110+ mph with no delays or upchanges.(0-60 in under 10 seconds).
The car handles well, and is well equipped.
It is expensive new, but s/hand is o.k.
Will keep unless l have problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th November, 1998