11th May 2013, 12:07

Hi, the Cityrover doesn't have a rotor arm or distributor cap, the HT's run into an electronic pack. I think they put a bit more thought into these cars after the K series engine catastrophe.

I am having lag problems with mine just now, and having problems removing the 2nd and 4th sparks... Just the way they sit at an angle... Also found the HT lead nearest the battery on right side was loose and caked in rust and calc... When I get new HT's and finally remove the 2nd and 4th plugs... fingers crossed I will get my power back.

All the rest of the car is in great condition, and the engine is as near new. I bought it for 800 quid with 15000 miles on the clock. A snip.

A little bumpy over the potholes, but hey! Roomy as well, reminds me of the Punto's size and shape.

21st May 2013, 07:46

Hi. I've had just the same problem with my City. I can't de-activate the immobiliser, and don't have the parts that should have come with the car to reprogram it. The garage want to charge £480 to reset the car and supply a recoding unit. Have been advised to buy bypass unit for £200 so I can get the car started. Has anyone used the bypass unit on these cars, as I would hate to find that it doesn't work?

30th May 2013, 12:51

My mom's car has same problem. It's a pain as we never know whether to trust the petrol indicator or not, and don't think it's worth fixing!

11th Jun 2013, 12:39

I have recently bought a City Rover Select 2005, and the SRS light keeps coming on. It's supposed to come on on starting the engine, and then go out. Now we can't get it past the MOT as the engineers don't know what to do to put it right. Anyone else had this problem? If not, anyone want a car for spares? Or perhaps an angel out there has the solution?

25th Jun 2013, 09:00

Hi, I was just enquiring, I have got a 05 CityRover Solo with the same problem. Did yours have three nozzles, and if so, how did you manage to rectify it, as I have a constant smell of petrol?

6th Jul 2013, 17:17

Two things to check or replace. Ignition coil pack and H.T. leads.

Fuel filter and pump clogged up. Normally due to dirt entering a corroded filler pipe.

Hope this helps.

Had both of these problems on mine, and it now runs fine!

16th Jul 2013, 14:05

Try looking for a blocked fuel filter. Ford used to fit one on the pickup pipe in the top of the fuel tank. I had a Granada that displayed similar problems. Even the Haynes manual did not mention this filter, so I was not aware it was there. Replaced for 50p, problem solved.

19th Sep 2013, 18:29

I had the same problem with my wife's car - just removed the steering casing and disconnected the wire to the steering airbag - give it a blow and a clean and put it back together. This sorted ours.

5th Jan 2014, 03:43

They don't have a distributor cap, they use a coil pack.

11th Jan 2014, 12:25

Change the fuel filter; it's underneath mid way. I'm in the trade and I have one of these things. I have had it 2 years. I don't service it, I just abuse it till it dies, then I will take it to the scrap yard, collect the 150, and go buy another one for 400 pounds or less from eBay.

6th Feb 2014, 11:21

My son bought a 06 CityRover 1.4 today, 23,000 on the clock. It seemed a good price and it's cheap insurance for a new driver, but have we made a big mistake? On the way home the check engine light came on, and then the temp gauge stopped working. Could these be linked, and is it an easy fix?

I also don't think the fuel gauge is working correctly either.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mrs K.

8th Feb 2014, 17:56

I have started to have the same problem with mine this week. Did you get yours resolved?

11th Feb 2014, 04:11

No, I have the mechanic who is a friend coming round today. His words were let's see if we can get the gauge working, then sell it before it is only worth scrap value. I have spoke to a company who stock all parts for the City Rover, it's UK based, they are very helpful; their number is 01522568000. All I know is it's the temperature gauge sensor and it's £30. One of them is a white head; this should be the one you need for the gauge, but there is another, which is a brown head, and should be the one for the coolant, it's a 2 pin plug. This is all the info I have at the moment. If I find out any more, I'll let you know.

15th Apr 2014, 10:08

I had problems with the immobiliser... had to buy a bypass from remotekey.co.uk. No tools required, and reprogrammed the unit in 10 minutes.

29th Sep 2014, 17:31

I have a City Rover Solo AK53 Reg. It's done 28000 miles.

Nearly six months ago the engine management light came on, and a mechanic friend plugged it into a computer analyser, and it said no fault. He then switched the light off, which lasted for one day. For the past six months the car is running absolutely fine. I have recently driven down to Eastbourne, Surrey, London, Stoke on Trent etc and the car is showing no problems; it's not burning oil or leaking any water, & all the lights are working fine.

Please, can anyone advise how to get the light off, & will it fail the MoT, which is due February 2015?

6th Oct 2014, 20:19


I got my City Rover 2004 about 3 weeks ago. I must say the car is quite a runner. 2 little problems though, the SRS light remains permanently on and the heating just doesn't work, however the air conditioning works fine except that the weather is getting cold now, plus I have got kids, so need the heating to work.

Does anyone have any idea what I should do to solve these problems please? Kindly help.


13th Oct 2014, 10:16

I bought a Rover City 2003 6 weeks ago. I have not really got on with it and I am not sure whether or not to take it back. It revs so much and that's without me even putting pressure on the accelerator! It goes up to 4.5/5 without any touch. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I don't know if this is something that the car does? I don't know what to do as I do not feel safe in the car. Has anyone else had this problem?


4th Jan 2015, 21:07

I bought a CityRover 04 plate in Sept. The clutch is slipping now. Is it worth having repaired?

12th Jan 2015, 22:15

Could be a loose connection at the steering column.

12th Jan 2015, 22:24

Maybe a faulty thermostat if temperature gauge doesn't rise?

11th May 2015, 22:05

You could buy a code reader for about 15 quid on eBay. This can reset and turn off the light, and it may show a fault code.

11th May 2015, 22:12

The stepper motor may need cleaning. If not, go to a Rover specialist and get it checked on their computer.

22nd May 2015, 18:53

Can anyone help? I bought a Cityrover Style 2 months ago, and since I've had it, it ran fine until a few weeks ago. As I went to pull off, the ignition blew and I had nothing. Mechanic has it and the diagnostics said it was the ECU. Had the ECU and coils replaced, and it starts fine and runs. But as soon as you pull off too fast, it blows again. I'm not driving it in case I break down with my kids in it again, but he can't find the problem. Cam anyone help??

16th Jul 2015, 10:25

I have a CityRover. Great car, cheap to run, go for it.

17th Jul 2015, 14:06

OK, where do I plug in the code reader please?

12th Aug 2015, 16:52

I've got a CityRover Select on a 53 plate. Recently it started stuffing dropping down gears and has no 1st gear. Had the clutch replaced and still can't get 1st gear. Anyone have any ideas?

31st Aug 2017, 10:14

My partner has one, and had had nothing but issues; avoid this car.