1993 Rover - Austin 800 Si 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Reliable, bargain luxury car with no image


Head gasket at 100k.

Front disks worn out at 120k.

Rear brake caliper at 120k.

ABS light on for the last 19k miles!

General Comments:

Electric windows don't like wet weather - but still work - try bending the upper half of the door if they stick!

Quiet and economical. I got 44mpg at 80 mpg on the motorway the month I bought it.

It's quick and quiet. Burns off Darrens and Waynes easily. Head, cams and valves still in good condition at 120k miles, and I'm not gentle with it.

Tyres last 30k miles.

Ride is a good compromise between motorway comfort and cornering ability. Double wishbone front suspension is good. You can chuck them into corners with ease. I love roundabouts!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

1993 Rover - Austin 800 820 Vitesse Turbo Injection 2.0i turbo from UK and Ireland


A very high performance, luxury car for pretty little money


The usual head gasket leak, various wear and tear eg clutch.

Replaced the turbo.

General Comments:

Incredible looking car - especially in black and with that great spoiler and sporty alloys! Gets a lot of attention from all ages. Very fast and refined, great Recaro interior. Serious speed 200bhp machine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2000

1993 Rover - Austin 800 820 Vitesse 2.0 Turbo from UK and Ireland


Absolutely stunning, fantastic, incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just general wear and tear. Only big things really were that I had to replace the Turbo due to a Wastegate problem and gear box bearings. All have not been cheap but worth every penny!!

General Comments:


Mine's black and gets brilliant attention as you drive down the street. It's fast, refined, very sporty looking. Great Recaro interior. I'm only 19 and I love it to bits!!!!! It can beat every boy racer!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2000

30th Nov 2000, 07:19

To be fair this car goes at a reasonable speed, but the only problem I have is that it does not have much street cred. The colour is exceptional, it is a silvery-blue. It has a two litre engine and always gets noticed because of my massive subs in the boot. I'm 18 and this car is a sex machine, and believe me I've had some fun times crusin!!!!!!

6th Dec 2000, 08:40

You should try to have a go of a 2.7 litre model... and hold on tight!!!!!!

15th Jan 2001, 13:38

Don't worry about trying a 2.7 out, they're fast too, but a Turbo with boost upped to 12 PSI will beat any other Rover 800. The only problems with over boosting are traction, and gearbox reliability; I've eaten 2 in 5 months!!!

Go to http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/rover800/ for more info on tuning and websites on Rover 800's etc...

7th Feb 2003, 07:02

Are you guys serious??

How can you afford to insure such a car?

Or maybe you don't have insurance?? ;)

I'm 19 and if I thought I could get close to insuring one I would get one straight away, even though they lack cred!

Who cares about cred - nobody can see you cos your're going too fast!!

Great cars.

3rd Nov 2004, 15:10

My mate has a 820 vittesse turbo, buying it from him £100 he`s fitted a stainless steal exhaust from cat back, and a big fat induction kit and it sound awesome.

Got 147mph out off it, but still sound and fills so smooth.

1993 Rover - Austin 800 820 Vitesse 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

I paid 2500ukp for this privately on 2nd Feb 99, beat that!!!!

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

Review Date: 7th February, 1999