1979 Rover - Austin Allegro HL Estate 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland
A reliable, comfortable car, unfairly derided
The clutch wore out, but this was just fair wear and tear.
The clutch slave cylinder failed suddenly leaving no clutch operation at traffic lights in busy traffic.
Weak engine mountings caused clutch judder.
One of the displacers had a leak in the connection between the actual displacer and the fluid hose, causing the car to sag on one side.
Constant velocity joint on the near side wore out, causing knocking when turning right.
The car seems to use a lot of oil, although it doesn't seem to burn it and it doesn't leak when it's stationary; I've no idea where it goes.
Apart from the faults listed, the car is totally reliable and moderately comfortable. It's my 5th Allegro and I wouldn't hesitate buying another one.
Build quality could be better, and the flimsy plastic creaks inside the cab.
I have had no major problems with corrosion, although it has needed minor welding over the years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2004