1999 Rover - Austin 25 Reviews

1999 Rover - Austin 25 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles

Summary:

Fantastic, great looking and easy to drive!

Faults:

Heating/cooling doesn't work in settings 1 and 2, it doesn't bother me so I didn't get it fixed.

General Comments:

Visibility out of the back window isn't great.

Very responsive with good acceleration and it beautiful to drive.

Great looking car with a characteristic charm to it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2008

1999 Rover - Austin 25 iL 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A great fun car, easy to drive, reliable and with great fuel consumption

Faults:

There have been no faults, just the odd rattle and blown bulb.

General Comments:

A great car with fantastic fuel consumption of 50-55mpg. It fast, fun to drive, handles well, always starts and manages a full load of five without complaint.

It's well equipped and more fun to drive and own than my last car, a BMW 318 that with hindsight was expensive to buy, run, insure and service and a relatively boring drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2003

1999 Rover - Austin 25 iS 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 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 acquired12700 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Classiest car with this low insurance and price

Faults:

Nothing so far, a few small rattles in the dashboard and a crackly speaker in the rear - nothing drastic.

General Comments:

Looks excellent in metallic black - better than anything in the price range in my opinion. Good Alloy wheels - even if only 15 inch.

Interior with sports seats and British racing green seat and door inlays looks good as well.

Shame you can't get Air Con on the 1.4, unfortunately my insurance is too high for a 1.8!

Very basic stereo - swapped immediately for decent Sony CD changer.

Performance not massively fast, but perfectly adequate for fast motorway cruising. Handling leagues above 200 especially on small roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2001

2nd Jul 2001, 11:48

OK, so it may handle better than a 200, but is the ride as comfortable?

5th Jul 2001, 09:50

Perhaps not quite, but I'd take excellent handling over a softer ride everytime I go round a sharp bend!

6th Jul 2001, 04:46

Fair point.

I agree with your comment on the stereo, the model fitted to my 1999 Rover 200 was pretty terrible (Rover did not even fit tweeters) so I changed it for a Blaupunkt system which sounds a lot better. Where did you fit you CD changer? - I fitted mine in the boot, but I can't find a way of routing the cable so that it cannot be seen at any point...

9th Jul 2001, 08:40

I fitted my changer in the boot as well (screwed to the back of the smaller of the back seat sections)...I put the cabling right under the carpet round the drivers side (where all the electrical cables trail), you can still see them in the boot though... looks okay though.

I haven't yet upgraded my speakers, that's the next thing I want to do!

15th Oct 2001, 06:39

I think that all 25's have 200 VI suspension as standard, that's why its better.

2nd Oct 2005, 16:23

I am going to buy my first car. Do all Rover 25's have rattly interiors?. Help!!!

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews