1993 Rover - Austin 800 827Si 2.7lt from Switzerland
Best value for money
Until now, no problem with the car.
In order to save some money I decided to sell my Audi A6 1999 and buy a cheap car.
I found a Rover 827 with 131000 km and built in 1993. The condition of the car and its price was very interesting, so I decided to buy it, although I know about the bad image which Rover Cars have in terms of quality and reliability.
The more I drive the car, the more I like it, even the automatic transmission is sometime not very smooth, compared with the Audi A6 1998 which I had before, but does the job.
Also I remark some noises coming from deformations in the structure when driving over bad roads. Structure seems not very rigid.
The interior is just in perfect condition after 9 years and with more than 130000 km! Leather of the seats looks as if new.
A comfortable car, best value for money. (I got it for only 4500 Swiss Francs!, all options included).
If you want a comfortable car and don't matter about little old-fashioned design, then this car is best for money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2002
18th Mar 2008, 17:15
This car has a Honda engine which, as long as it's serviced correctly, will comfortably pass 200,000 miles (320,000 kms) and still deliver all its power smoothly. It's a great engine.
The quality of the 800 was variable. If you get a good one (and it sounds like you did), it will be a good, reliable car. Get a bad one though and it will be a nightmare.
I ran a 1996 820 Vitesse Sport (2.0 turbo) as a company car which did 150,000 miles (240,000 kms) and apart from a slight appetite for engine oil, drove beautifully. Apart from a gearbox failure in its first year, and a problem with the dash top peeling away towards the end, it was 100% fault free. Even the clutch was original and still didn't slip or judder.