1993 Rover - Austin 600 620 GSi 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
Good value second-hand buy, worthy of consideration
Heavy front tyre wear (despite regular optical tracking checks/adjustments).
Boot space poor.
Electric sunroof, when open creates a very uncomfortable "Boom" at around 30-40mph.
Windshield prone to "mini-chipping"
Panels susceptible to denting easily.
Prone to rear wheel arch corrosion.
Intermittent stalling from cold at idle (never resolved).
Rear silencer boxes (genuine units) last 2 years max at around £130 a time.
Rover (Blaupunkt) top spec. RDS Radio/Cassette (2 units fitted) both failed, one lost Music Search and both with failed button illumination.
Electric aerial mast broken at 65K.
Heated mirror switch failure at 70K.
Radiator failed at 80K (Re-cored at £60).
Rear central locking unit failed at 90K.
Central locking failed by infra-red for 2 weeks, then started working OK at 100K.
+ Despite problems, this has been a very good car. Fairly good for towing a 1100kg caravan, let down by front wheel drive without traction control, and poor handbrake.
- Feature content poor for a supposedly top of the range model e.g. no airbags, no aircon etc.
+ Interior trim/switchgear looks dated, but still no rattles or squeaks.
+ Leather trim very durable.
+ Averages about 29mpg round town - best 34mpg on a run. Towing, between 19-23 mpg.
+ Lovely action gearbox. Still good after 100K.
+ Never had to top-up oil between 6,000 mile services.
+ Group 12 insurance for GSi, less for lower specs. make it cheap to insure.
+ Would seriously consider buying another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2001
11th Feb 2002, 13:01
I also drive a 1993 620GSi and have experienced some of the problems mentioned in the review.
With regards to the intermittent stalling from cold at idle, I found that this problem disappeared when I replaced the Champion plugs with NGK plugs. No mechanic can explain why this made a difference, but it did wonders for my engine. I suggest you try it.
The Rover radio in my car also suffered the same problems. In the end, I gave up with the Rover unit and replaced it with a Sony head unit. This works fine... so far. It also has a much better sound than the standard unit.
If the central locking remote fails, check that the micro switch on the printed circuit board is properly aligned with the button on the remote casing. Even if the switch is being pressed, on mine it has to be pressed directly in the centre or no infra-red signal is sent (despite red light illuminating).
Hope this helps.
28th Feb 2005, 14:55
Kwik fit will replace the back box for around £70. I bought a rover 620 and needed one straight away. they had one on the shelf and did it straight away. can't say how long it will last for yet though as the box only 2 days old.