1995 Rover - Austin 800 Vitesse sport Lux 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheap for a very good reason... it's junk
Head gasket failiure.
Seats wearing out.
Electric windows do not operate correctly.
Misfire at random at all engine speeds.
Radiator fallen to bits.
Uneven tire wear due to worn suspension bushes.
Cutting out when hot, difficulty in restarting engine.
Broken down on me twice in space of 100 miles.
Rust on front wings, rear arches, bonnet.
Rear bumper started to fall off.
Numerous oil leaks.
This is the worst car I have ever owned, it is badly made, unreliable pile of junk.
I have only managed to cover 200 miles in the car since owning it, most of the time it has been off the road being repaired.
I have been unable to trace the poor running fault despite trying everything.
However it is cheap for a 200bhp car, but if you buy one you will soon find out why. You can do much better for your money.
No wonder Rover is in the state it is in, they have got themselves a bad reputation building cars like this. If you buy a Rover buy one with a Honda engine. Rover engined ones are troublesome.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th March, 2005
5th Apr 2005, 15:34
I would say you bought a poor example there, did you check with the AA, RAC, or any other mechanic before buying?
I have owned a 213 SE, 216 SE, 220 GTi, 820i, 820 SLi, 3x Vitesse, a 2.5 V6 (KV6) Sterling, and now a Vitesse Sport (not Lux).
I am aware that there is a lot of problems with these cars (Vitesse Sport), but I would ask respectfully that you can find a 224 BHP car with all the extras on the inside.
My example at present is a 96 (N) Vitesse Sport, with full history (including bill of sale from new), full service on 135k for £950 including 6 months tax and 12 months MOT.
Not many cars out there like that! Many thanks.