1994 Rover - Austin 600 Reviews

1994 Rover - Austin 600 620 Si 2.0 from Italy

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Fast and elegant

Faults:

Rear right power lock failed at 190,000 km.

Front CV joints had to be replaced at 210,000 km.

Front right power window failed at 240,000 km.

General Comments:

This car is fast and comfortable. It is suited for long journeys in all conditions of weather. You can drive at 180 km/h on freeways with strong later wind and feel the vehicle running like a train.

Being British born it's very elegant, without being arrogant.

In a couple of occasions brakes locked the front wheels resulting in a crash with the preceding vehicle. I recommend to use very good tires on this car and keep suspensions serviced, in order to lessen the chance of brake locking.

After last crash I decided not to repair the car and buy a new one with ABS.

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

Review Date: 6th February, 2005

1994 Rover - Austin 600 620i 2.0i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0i 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

A alternative to BMW without a doubt

Faults:

The tappet are tapping so I took it to a garage and they said its quite normal on these cars if anyone can confirm this let me know.

The manifold is blowing.

And the car has slight rust around the rear arch.

General Comments:

This car is a amazing car I always stayed clear of rover, but when I seen and drove a 620i I just had to buy it the car will leave most car standing at lights.

The car is very good on the motorway and not bad on juice the car is extreamly comfortable and look amazing by just adding alloys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2004

13th Mar 2004, 05:55

With the question regarding tappet noise you will find that it is not the tappets, but piston slap (Honda engine).

This is quite normal and will run like this for the life of the vehicle.

Ex Rover Technical support engineer.

1994 Rover - Austin 600 620i 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Poor man's BMW-esque commuter

Faults:

Front driver's window slipped off the regulator. Had to get it put back on and rubber lining greased.

General Comments:

Due to its Honda Accord engine/running gears, it is very reliable and I've had no problems with it.

I can't believe how cheap it is to buy these cars.

Not a fast car, but does the job well. Be warned to be uninspired!

Probably has an identity crisis, but Rover has tried to join the middle-executive market (and failed).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2002

1994 Rover - Austin 600 GSi 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Undercover sports car

Faults:

Steering rack has went recently after 116000 miles

Anti-roll bar bushes on the drivers side went which made a loud and embarrassing noise when turning. Although they weren't too expensive to replace.

Drivers side central locking device has gone which means I always have to use the key to open and lock the car.

Rear wheel arch on both sides have started to corrode.

General Comments:

My previous car was a seriously modified XR2i which had about 180bhp, but this car is superb in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

My recorded time of 0-60 is 7.2 seconds, but it can go quicker.

I'm only 18 and have had four seriously fast cars before this one, but I have to say that for comfort, speed and looks this is the best.

A good top speed of 139mph gets anyone going.

Cream leather is the bomb.

This car goes round the Ti in circles in terms of interior.

Braking is excellent.

Engine noise is excellent.

Does anyone know how much bhp a rover 620 GSi has?.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2002

19th Aug 2002, 18:05

It's hardly a sports car! Fwd and boat-like handling dictate that! You need to get a new watch as the 0-60 time is around 9 seconds for one of these. Your motor has 131bhp, hardly a huge amount for a big, heavy car.

18th Sep 2002, 16:31

Yes you write about your car like you're only 18! 7 seconds to 60? That's quicker than a BMW 325i & 328i, both of which have almost 70bhp more than your Rover and weigh less-don't think so. Your car's a taxi, not a sports car. They have quite a smooth ride and are good motorway cruisers, but they're no more a sports car than a Volvo 740 is.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 11 reviews