1992 Rover - Austin Maestro Reviews

1992 Rover - Austin Maestro LX 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles

Summary:

The lowest ebb of British cars!

Faults:

Oil leak from the sump.

Heater radiator blew ruining the radio.

Light/signal stick broke.

Won't run without the choke fully out for 10 minutes.

Headlining falling off.

Cheap plastic parts are just crumbling to bits, literally.

Dash warped in sun and is comping away.

Stitching on seats coming apart.

Rust, rust and more rust.

General Comments:

This car really is a pile of junk. My father got it from my grandfather who took care of it the best he could. But it hasn't rewarded him for that. The car had only done 26000 miles in 10 years and the thing is falling apart. Even with full service history.

I have never known a car to feel so unstable while driving. If you go around a corner briskly in this thing, it feels like a bathtub full of water on wheels. The body roll is unbelievable.

This car should not have been made. I don't even know how they sold this thing.

The layout of all the control seem to have been an afterthought in the designers mind. You can't even see the blower controls unless you poke your head under the steering wheel. They might as well have put the controls completely under the dash so you can feel under to take a stab in the dark when you want to put the heated rear window on.

It is also extremely underpowered the engine is a tired old piece of kit designed in the 60s for a Mini. Somebody obviously thought it was still good 40 years later so continued to use it. Typical British complacency, no wonder the British car market is no more.

The car, in it's short used lifetime, is virtually a wreck waiting to go to the scrap-yard. I certainly won't be sorry to see it go!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th August, 2004

1992 Rover - Austin Maestro Clubman D 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Maestro

Summary:

An ideal cheap-family runabout with 55mpg average

Faults:

The clutch needed a new cable every so often, and was a result of it being seized up.

Handled like a bus.

Apart from that, it was a extremely reliable car.

General Comments:

Got caught by a speed camera going 95mph. Either no film in it or the coppers said "Nah, there's something wrong with the camera".

Very comfortable seats.

Got arm-ache with the wind-up windows.

Phillips factory-fitted radio jammed a tape inside it. Had to listen to the Spice Girls for a fortnight until it was fixed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2003

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews