2002 Rover - Austin 25 1.8 from Israel


A great car, fun to drive


Had to change the coils - 150 pounds (naturally paid in Israeli Shekels) incl. labor. A friend of mine with a Meganne had the same problem so I guess changing the coils every 4 years is OK.

Had to clean the Air Temperature Sensor - the car stuttered in the morning; garage cleaned the sensor for 10 pounds.

General Comments:

A great value for money. It rides very well, gains speed in a lovely way and is very nippy.

The car comes with a Sunroof, 4 electric windows, central locking, electric mirrors, alloys.

The variable steptronic transmission is very nice and I am now addicted to the smooth drive.

Seats are superb - I suffer from lower back pains and chose the car, inter alia, due to the seats which let you change the support to the lower back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2006

2002 Rover - Austin 25 1.4 90bhp from UK and Ireland


If you are over 65 and below 5'2 apply here


Heater dial broke off after 3 uses, the whole system is stiff.

Doors are stiff and noisy.

Starter motor noisy.

Noise getting into reverse.

General Comments:

Like driving a noddy car, I'm 6 foot and my head is stuck against the roof, the steering wheel rubs on my legs, even my 5'2 wife finds the seat high and its her car.

The engine, although the 'high power' 1.4 endows the car with 2CV like performance.

It's a cute looking car, but feels like it was new in 1996, its quite noisy, the controls are old Honda, find it hard to believe it's a 2001/2 car.

Would suit a first time car owner or a retired person.

Due for replacement soon, please Rover as you are about 5 years behind the competition. a Punto feels much newer and that's what would choose.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2004

29th Jan 2004, 09:58

Surely a simple test drive in the car would have revealed its limits space wise? I work for a well known car company and we are getting somewhat annoyed at people complaining about things that are clearly not a fault of the cars.

9th Feb 2004, 15:50

To be honest the lack of size is the least of the problems, see another review of a 2003 car headed 'Dated-feeling, poorly built and unreliable disappointment' to get a real feel for the car.