1995 Rover - Austin 400 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1995 Rover - Austin 400 416 GSi tourer 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 416 GSi

Summary:

Great value, but alas no longer made

Faults:

Alternator bearing failed £227, rear silencer (twin pipe) £138.

Rear window regulator siezed due to lack of use.

General Comments:

A great car, but the clutch is starting to judder and the ride is becoming spongey. Parts are expensive, but do not fail that frequently. Use a high quality oil in the Honda engined variant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2000

1995 Rover - Austin 400 416 SLi Tourer 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Since bought in June 1998 at 3 years old/60,000 miles nothing has gone wrong, except for a bit of work needed for MOT (like brakes) plus there was a small water leak at the rear into the spare wheel well.

General Comments:

A really good car in all. It has depreciated a fair bit since June 1998 but it was good value then. £6,400 for a well-looked after and almost-mint condition, fast (115mph, 10.5 sec to 60), comfortable and stylish estate car could not be bettered, though it's only worth £3500-4000 now and was £16,000 new. I am looking forward to being able to replace it with another as they are still making them in 1999.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 1999

1995 Rover - Austin 400 414i 5dr (New Shape) 1.4i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.4i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Severe Leak in passenger footwell (3 visits to dealer to fix).

Alarm.

Heater - Pollen Filter became detached making heater useless.

Sunroof jammed open (Temp fix in place - awaiting dealer fix).

Door seal perished.

Fuel Injection system played up - now fixed.

Trim problems (too many to mention).

Squeaks & Rattles.

General Comments:

Although the car has never let me down, other niggles are irritating me to the point that after 4 months of ownership, I am seriously considering swapping it for something reliable.

Performance, economy, handling & comfort are superb (36-48 Mpg and better acceleration than most 1.6's).

Dealer's vary - I'm on my 2nd who seems ok - but they do have other franchises). I didn't have these problems with a 1990 216GSi which has 130k on the clock and is still on the road, so why do I have these problems now?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

6th Feb 2001, 11:37

Your 1990 216 GSi was Honda powered, that's why it was more reliable... Having said that, the Rover K series unit is not bad and most of your problems seem to be non-engine related.

1995 Rover - Austin 400 420 Gsi 2.0 16v turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10

Faults:

This could take a while, I'll try to be brief:

Brake backplate fouling rear disc.

Cracked valve guides, new cylinder head at 24,000.

Oil leak, sump gasket replaced.

Gearbox at 43,000.

Engine failure at 54,000.

Clutch cable.

Power steering pump.

Suspension bushes.

Front foglight (still not working).

Radiator rusted through.

Drive shaft oilseal fell out.

Remote central locking (still not working).

Sunroof was noisy for months.

Exhaust rusted through, needs replacing again.

Gearbox again, car beyond economic repair.

General Comments:

A very capable car when it's working.

With ABS, uprated suspension and 200BHP it's the best Rover I have driven.

However there have been 17 unplanned trips to the dealer, many by breakdown truck.

Rover could do better, if they don't people will start recycling all the old "Skoda Jokes".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 16 reviews