1999 Rover - Austin 200 SE 1.1i from UK and Ireland
Best performance/quality all in one!
Absolutely nothing has gone wrong!
One fuse blew once the day before it was due to go in for a service anyway so I let them replace it (I've blown more fuses myself in my ICE installs).
The quality is amazing and so even after nearly 2 years and 12000 miles, it's still mint. I leave the car outside and I believe it's one of the only small cars on the market which wouldn't rust to bits due to the British/German quality/engineering.
I've outrun my mate in his 1.1 Fiesta whilst being 2 up, hands down!
It's definitely the fastest 1.1 on the roads and even beats 1.4 hatches. This is due to the superb road holding, you just cannot slide it! The back suspension has a little trick which keeps you going right, and the revvy engine makes for a great driving experience which is even more fun when there's two people to keep the weight distribution right.
My ICE (stereo) system gets some funny looks, I think more people can't believe what they're seeing, as the 200 sometimes has the pipe and slippers image, but a little customisation makes this car into a very mean machine! Just look at the aggressive front and compare it to, hmm say a Fiesta, or a Saxo or a Corsa, they all look really boring and dull.
If you want quality, style and performance when you're young and insurance is a problem (got mine as my first car 2 years ago at 17 after I had passed my test), then this is the car to go for!
The beauty of this car is that because it's so revvy, it's no slow coach on the motorways. I'm down in Cornwall and we don't really have any within a 3 hour drive so when I went to Norfolk and got my speed up, there was a really nice power band higher up in the rev range meaning that slowing down and pulling away was leaving very higher spec cars behind. So it's doing me proud!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2001
What ICE system are you using? The original rover unit fitted to my Rover 200 1.1 was pretty poor, and Rover did not fit any tweeters!
I recently upgraded to a Blaupunkt head unit and daisychained some MB Quart tweeters off the woofer, and it sounds great.
Apart from that, the 200 is fantastic.