2000 Rover - Austin 25 iS 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Cheap, quick, reliable car
Had to have a new clutch fitted when I purchased the car - not great after only 28,000 miles, but I think this was more down to the previous owners driving style!!
One of the ABS sensors had to be replaced.
Aside from these things, I have not had any problems at all with the car.
This is the third Rover that I have owned and I have been really pleased with the 25.
For the money, you get far more car than you do with an equivalent Golf or Focus, for example.
It comes with electric windows and an electric sunroof, ABS and remote central locking.
The 1.6 engine is terrific too - really quick to 70/80mph, but does begin to struggle above that. Engine needs to be revved to get the best from it, but it's actually good fun to drive.
People complain about the radios, but I don't think it's that bad actually! The volume and channel controls on the steering wheel are a useful feature too.
OK, so the interior is starting to look a bit dated, but it's comfortable and well laid out.
All in all, this is a great car. It was cheap to buy, it's cheap to insure, very reliable, quick, economical (40mpg on long trips) and looks good with the iS alloys. Would certainly recommend this car to anyone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th January, 2007