1996 Rover - Austin 600 Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1996 Rover - Austin 600 620i 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance32600 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

It really is a high performance bargain

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

As this car is 6 years old and has only done 32,000 miles I believe it is a bargain. It is in superb condition.

I am really impressed by the comfort and acceleration. Cruising at speed is very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2002

7th Feb 2003, 10:52

My dad has a 1996 620i (I have a 1994 620iSE, very rare, front fogs, electric extras, ti wheels - I didn't believe it existed until I saw one and then bought it!), and he too has found it very reliable and a good performer. He's had it five and a half years, and its still good. He normally keeps cars three years - this alone shows it good.

1996 Rover - Austin 600 Si 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

A steal when bought secondhand, not so if you bought it new - watch the DEPRECIATION

Faults:

Just normal wear and tear bits. Had a stainless steel exhaust installed recently, and what a difference it makes!

Driver's electric windows doesn't operate smoothly when wet.

Unknown rattling noise from the rear suspension, though it still drives smoothly.

General Comments:

The car has proved to be very reliable, the Honda engine's great although performance is somewhat affected by the auto box.

The car has however developed some annoying rattles in various parts of the interior, perhaps it's a sign of Rover typical build quality!

Overall, the car's been a reliable cruise with everything I've hoped for from my first car.

A Ford fiester or a Rover 600 for the same money? I know which i'd go for!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2002

1996 Rover - Austin 600 SLI 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

For what I paid, a bargain

Faults:

Changed electric aerial, tried to change the air filter but the screws are rusted solid, that's all.

General Comments:

I bought this car for £1900 96 on a P plate with 84,000 miles on the clock so I can't moan.

I do find petrol consumption heavy in town, has anybody got any ideas why. Maybe the air filter hasn't been changed for ages causing more petrol to be used. I will check with Rover.

The interior is pleasant and it has got everything except air conditioning, but the seats are slightly uncomfortable.

I find the amount of road and wind noise annoying at speed, could be quieter.

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

Review Date: 8th January, 2002

1996 Rover - Austin 600 Ti 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Understated, underrated, performance

Faults:

Gear linkage broke at 78,000 miles. I was told they were in short supply and on back order from Rover, after waiting for a month I walked into a local Rover dealer who had one on the shelf.

SRS developed a fault, turned out to be a dodgy battery. Rover claimed the battery was fine and the problem was being caused by the alternator (£300 + labour). Still charged me £25 to turn the warning light off!

Changed front tyres twice, Pirelli P-Zeros, excellent tyres but £125 each, ouch! Never needed to change the rear tyres (also P-Zero).

General Comments:

The anonymity of this car is its biggest attraction. It has no spoiler, no skirts and simply says 600 on the back.

Torque is fantastic from 2200rpm and it will easily out pull a BMW 325. I wrongly assumed it wouldn't attract the attention of various hot-hatch owners, but having recently fitted the biggest and loudest dump valve I could find they appear to be more inclined to back off. Marvellous.

My only problem has been with Rover dealers. In my experience they are either not sufficiently trained to correctly diagnose problems or simply dishonest in suggesting the more expensive option. A wait of over a month for a part when one of the local dealers had one on the shelf was also totally unacceptable.

Fantastic car, terrible dealers.

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

Review Date: 27th July, 2001

19th Mar 2003, 10:59

I have owned my 620ti since it had 19k on the clock - it's now done 69k, and I have a problem with my idle speed which goes up and down on tickover, and appears to be "lumpy". I also have another problem which becomes apparent when pulling off where there is a vibrating noise which disapears when the clutch is dipped Any ideas?? Clutch bearings???

I took the car to 2 Rover dealers so they could get it diagnosed on the computer, but both wanted to charge me £60 to do so even if the computer did not diagnose the fault. My experience over the last 4.5 yr with the Rover dealers has been poor even once forgetting to replace the oil when my car went in for an oil service!!! Very poor indeed.

The car has served me well, after getting the cam end oil seals and the crankshaft oil seals replaced under warranty.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 20 reviews