2001 Rover - Austin 75 club SE 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Head gasket eater
Had a problem with steering when turning knocking sound from front found to be front strut bearings, When I bought it I did some research and found 1.8 k series were prone to head gasket failure so opted for the 2.5 v6 thinking I would be safe. Found that on a weekly check loosing just an egg cup of water from header tank other day temp gauge shot up and overheated pulled over took oil cap off and founf yellow mayo, head gasket failure, not one head, but two so cost will be around £1700 to repair so not such a cheap car afterall. GUTTED no wonder rover went bust!!!
The car is comfortable and quite.
Bit hungry on fuel
Nice looking car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th November, 2005
7th Nov 2005, 07:33
Your comments make no sense. You say that you were losing "an egg cup" of water per week. Presumably you took the oil cap off and checked for signs of water/oil mixing at this point and found nothing. From what you say, it doesn't sound like the head gasket failure caused the overheating, but that a small coolant leak caused the overheating which in turn caused the gasket failure. Had you found and fixed the coolant loss problem, you would not have a head gasket failure to contend with now.
You can't just run these engines with low coolant - they fail!
The engine is designed in such a way that it only requires aa tiny amount of coolant compared to most other designs. What this does mean is that your "egg cup" equates to half a litre or more on most engines.
All K-series engines are bombproof if the cooling system is maintained properly.