Due to the previous owner not spending much on the car when I bought it, I had to replace a few items due to wear and tear, most of which are needed on any car at 70,000 miles.
I was able to do all of the following jobs on the car myself, as the K series Rovers are very easy to work on:
* Head gasket failure, replaced with a MLS shimmed gasket due to water mixing with the oil and misfiring.
* Exhaust frontpipe and manifold cat - the car has 2 cats, one in the manifold and one under the front of the car; both were leaking, and reasonable prices to do myself.
* Exhaust backbox, very cheap to fit myself.
* Front CV joint, had a split ABS reluctor ring, causing an irritating clicking noise when driving.
* Ignition coils were defective and very cheap to replace.
* Had to have doorcards off to tighten electric window components due to them rattling.
* Radiator replaced due to aging and disintegration of fins.
* Aircon not working, and yet to be looked at.
* Replaced timing belt, very cheap to do and easy for a DIY mechanic.
I bought this car from an online auction for £560, and knew it needed a few things doing, and as I am good with the spanners, fixed the car up myself.
It's a very good car, and the second Rover I've owned, the first being a 1997 416Si. I'm very pleased with the comfort and performance now I've ironed out the faults that the car had when I bought it.
Most Rover K series engines will blow their head gaskets within 70,000 miles, and it's an easy repair (less than £100 for the parts), but dear when paying a garage, so don't buy an old Rover with a K series engine without catering for a large bill when it does go and you can't fix it yourself - be warned! Check the coolant reservoir for gunk and brown oily water, and check under the oil cap for creamy white deposits known as "Mayonnaise".
Old Rover 45's and 400's are very good value for money, and are a very practical car for the sensible motorist on a budget. Mine has no rust whatsoever for 9 years old, and is very frugal on fuel, averaging at least 40mpg.
Acceleration on my car is very good, but must be revved over 2500 RPM to get the best response.
Most 45's are very well specced, so you will feel in the lap of luxury, without the BMW price tag.
Not a car for young men though, as they have a pipe and slippers, conservative image, but I'm 38 so I like it - despite its dated design.
It has comfy velour seats, as used on the Rover 75, and on the higher models they have seat heaters too, but these I would only need on leather seats.
Parts are readily available from most motor factors, and they are cheap, so repairing your Rover need not be expensive, and just because Rover has gone bust, these cars are an absolute bargain now.
Although mine needed some TLC, I love it and want to keep it as long as I can, and the K series engine, when the original head gasket is replaced with the MLS type gasket, will be very reliable.
Go and buy one - I prefer the Rover to my old Nissan Primera!