1993 Rover - Austin 600 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1993 Rover - Austin 600 GSi 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Very reliable Honda powered car

Faults:

Current problem is rattling under car at slow speed over bumps. Suspect that pads are loose in Calipers, but garage changed drive shaft instead!

Air conditioning condenser needs replacing at 83000 (£350) otherwise a top up is required every 6 months at £47.

Front Brake disc & pads needed replacing at 77183 (£273)

Front anti-roll bushes vbar bushes at 77036 (£80)

Electric aerial mast at 77000 (£15)

Rear pads at 71579.

Track rod ends seized at 70534 so couldn't adjust tracking.

Rear electric window mechanism at 65000 (£150 from rover, £40 from scrapyard)

Headlight bulbs at 64286.

All four courtesy light switches (£6 each) to stop alarm going off.

Changed cam-belts etc at 45674 (£412.52 at Rover dealer)

Front tyres all too often.

General Comments:

The car is very quick in a straight line, but doesn't handle over bumps or around twisty bends very well. Sound good when revved.

Spacious inside, but boot not as useful as it looks.

Leather Seats not very comfortable or supportive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2002

30th Nov 2005, 09:07

Honda did not make a 2 litre engine for rover. all the 2 litre rover cars have rover built engines.

1st Dec 2005, 04:22

Incorrect, the 2.0 petrol (not the Turbo one) in the Rover 600 was a Honda unit.

1993 Rover - Austin 600 GSi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Value, comfort and performance - Who could ask for more?

Faults:

A few rear cluster lights have blown.

Anti-roll bar link arm bushes were worn and had to be replaced.

Battery had to be replaced.

Offside rear door central locking actuator failed.

General Comments:

Rovers have, in recent years at least, had a relatively poor reputation. However, having driven my 620GSi for several thousand miles I can honestly say that this reputation is unjustified. Yes, things have gone wrong with my car, but is any car flawless?

The engine is a tried and tested Honda unit and is simply excellent. The acceleration in the lower gears is superb. The engine is comfortable at all speeds, however it always wants to go faster at speeds below 40mph. Starting in winter has not been a problem and it always fires on the first turn of the key. Recently though, there has been an intermittent problem whereby the engine cuts out as soon as it starts when started warm and it is difficult to restart the car. Any comments on this problem would be greatly appreciated.

The leather interior is extremely hard-wearing. Even after 133, 000 miles the driver's seat is virtually unmarked. The leather is of a good quality and is soft and comfortable.

The dashboard is well designed and everything is where you expect it to be. Everything on the car is electric and the switches feel solid and responsive. Even the frequently used buttons are still firmly in place with no sign of wear and tear.

The ride can be rather unsettled and driving on poorly maintained city roads identifies the limits of the suspension. It is by no means unbearable, but you certainly know where every bump and pothole is. Driving on motorways is what the car does best; the ride is superb, the engine is comfortable and the car simply eats up the miles.

In conclusion, this car is simply excellent. All aspects of the car have been well designed and no doubt anyone who buys or owns one will enjoy thousands of miles of happy motoring. Prices are extremely low at the moment, so it is certainly a buyer's market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2002

1993 Rover - Austin 600 Si 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance115300 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A quality car for mass market money

Faults:

Nothing worth mentioning.

General Comments:

It's only recently I've started to drive on business and piled up the miles. The Rover 600 is great on long journeys owing to its smoothness and quiet engine. Cruises well at all motorway speeds. Good on fuel if you're sensible in top gear, otherwise can be a bit thirsty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews