2003 Rover - Austin 25 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
A dull and tacky motor
I only drove this car occasionally as it belonged to a company. Therefore I never experienced any major problems.
However, I have heard that the head gasket blew within a few thousand miles. This totaled the engine because the oil pressure light never illuminated, thus allowing the engine to seize.
The interior is rather dull. The wood effect of the center console looks very tacky.
General city driving with this car is a disappointment. Performing hill starts requires thrashing the engine. This is due to the maximum torque being high up the rev range at 4000RPM.
Only good thing about this car is the visibility.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th September, 2005
12th Sep 2005, 04:00
Blowing a head gasket won't necessarily cause oil pressure to drop.
8th Nov 2006, 17:02
I appreciate that. However, blowing a head gasket can result in excess oil consumption thus resulting in an eventually excessively low oil level. This in turn, will result in the oil pump unable to pick up any oil, and distribute it to essential parts such as big ends, mains, cams etc. Hence loss of oil pressure.
30th Apr 2015, 23:08
If you can't see the contents of the sump exiting via the exhaust, then you can't see well enough to drive.
"Thrashing the engine", are you sure you have driven one?
Would you buy another... no. You never bought one in the first place, just used it from time to time...