1994 Rover - Austin 400 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 Rover - Austin 400 Si 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

Shonky, dull bag of spanners. No wonder Rover got into so much trouble

Faults:

Drive shaft bent.

Battery failed due to an alternator fault.

Alternator fried the battery.

Binding brakes.

Rotten exhaust.

Immobiliser keeps locking me out!.

Clutch release bearing started squealing at 50000.

Engine mounts failed.

Paint crap. Rusting badly in places.

Sounds like a diesel at tickover!.

Gearbox vague, synchro on 1st random.

Wiring loom rotting at connectors.

Boot leaks.

General Comments:

Poor build quality.

Rover dealers useless.

Only saving grace is that it flies for its engine capacity!. Can embarrass GTi types when worked hard.

Fuel consumption varies wildly.

For oil consumption, see fuel.

Good heater.

I'd like to build a kit car with the engine, for it truly is the best part of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th April, 2001

1994 Rover - Austin 400 420 GSi Turbo 2.0 16v turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Complete tarmac terrorist's dream

Faults:

I had to replace the head gasket at 72,000 miles due to oil leakage from the bottom right hand corner of the head.

General Comments:

The car is fully loaded, uprated turbo and ECU. It has a full stainless exhaust, with the cat removed it performs well as I have also fitted a competition induction and engine breather system.

It currently is running at 270 bhp at the wheels. I have also fitted competition front brakes as theese have turned out to be a worthwhile investment. Top speed is about 165mph, 0-60 in 4.8 on the dot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2000

1994 Rover - Austin 400 418 SLD Turbo 1.8 turbo diesel from Portugal

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen BX 14 TGE Breack

Summary:

Power in a comfortable and beautiful diesel

Faults:

The motor is always very dirty because it loses oil from everywhere.

The brakes are too smooth and I can't burn tires when I brake. The brakes have already been fixed.

The motor makes too much noise.

General Comments:

Almost 90 horse power in a 94 diesel without electronic devices? What a machine (it's french!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2000

1st Feb 2001, 11:51

The oil leaks and the engine noise are very common on Peugeot engines.

1994 Rover - Austin 400 416 SLi 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego

Summary:

Cheap, reliable family car

Faults:

Nothing at all, incredible for a car with 118,000 on the clock. Slightly noisier than when I got it, f/tyres beginning to wear unevenly.

General Comments:

I've done almost 70,000 miles in this car and I can't fault it. It's never let me down and I've driven it pretty hard. It's very comfortable and I've struggled to find another car which is as nice inside. Performs well and is pleasing to drive. I'm swapping it for a BMW (pay rise), but I'm only getting £1200 for it, so it seems to me an excellent secondhand family car for the money. I'd recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2000

4th Mar 2001, 12:39

Yup, my car is a 416 SLi, had it for 4 years now and increased the mileage from 42,000 to 97,000. The car is regurlarly thrashed and has NEVER let me down.

Same clutch, engine, gearbox...

Discs and pads changed, car lowered on original shocks.

My 5th Rover and have never had ANY trouble and I am very fussy about my motors...

Regular oil changes every 6000.

1994 Rover - Austin 400 420 Sli 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Corroded oil pressure sensor.

Judders after splashing through puddles.

Drivers seat reclines itself every few weeks.

60k - Leaking sump gasket.

75k - Remote central locking sticks on drivers door.

78k - Rust appearing on drivers side trim and door.

General Comments:

Overall a good car, with good performance in all gears and at all speeds.

Is comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

Features include: power steering, electric front windows, sunroof and mirrors. Heated mirrors.

But the free Rover/Philips stereo was crap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1994 Rover - Austin 400 SldT 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

New front discs with pads needed after 32,000 and then at 60,000. Wrong ones fitted at 32k by used car dealer (special discs needed on TD model).

Wears front tyres every 16k but I go round corners a little fast.

General Comments:

Constantly gives 40 - 45 mpg even though I always boot the car. If I drove more sensibly it gives me 45-55 mpg. The 0-60 time isn't very good but in-gear acceleration is very good. Top speed is indicated on speedo as 115mph. Cabin is better in black. Higher models better spec with electric windows/sunroof, heated and electric mirrors, remote central locking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 19 reviews