Rover - Austin Maxi Reviews

1970 Rover - Austin Maxi 1500 Deluxe 1.5 from Sweden

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carVauxhall Victor

Summary:

Comfortable and economic

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Bought it as a replacement for my 1971 Vauxhall Victor while I was going to restore it to its former glory. I'm very pleased with this car, and its economy and comfortable (albeit a bit lazy) way that it delivers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2010

1980 Rover - Austin Maxi 1750 1.75 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.75 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carReliant Rialto

Summary:

Fun for a while..

Faults:

Generally what you would expect from a car of this vintage.

Replaced battery and alternator.

Replaced radiator.

Developed an oil leak.

Hydragas gave lots of problems and hard to get spares.

General Comments:

Bought wanting a bit of 70s nostalgia.

Alternator went within a week of purchase. Battery soon after - left me marooned in an Oxford petrol station at 1.00am on my way home to London!

Engine generally good, but developed oil leaks.

Hydragas suspension was a constant headache. Very difficult to get spare displacer units and not many garages have the pumps anymore.

However, I enjoyed driving it. Good motorway performance and a big advantage that a car of this vintage had 5 gears.

Bodywork generally good. Brakes very good too.

Non-assisted steering good for getting you in shape!

Seats not very comfortable by modern standards and lack of headrests annoying.

Very practical for trips to Ikea - could fit whole full-length bookcase very easily.

Moved on to a 1980s Honda Accord Aerodeck - in short, this car has shown me why British Leyland no longer exists!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2007

1975 Rover - Austin Maxi HL 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1984
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carMorris Marina

Summary:

Excellent family car

Faults:

Brake fluid started leaking at 54,000 miles.

Stereo buttons were very easy to pull off.

Tyres wore very quickly.

Left side passenger door handle broke at 57,000 miles.

Rust was starting to appear during final few weeks of ownership.

General Comments:

The Maxi stood the test of time and proved itself to be a reliable and solid family car.

I appreciated its practicality and ride comfort.

Was superb value at £440. Held its value well and sold it the following year for £370.

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

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

1979 Rover - Austin Maxi HL 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles

Summary:

Mine was a bargain

Faults:

The clutch master cylinder developed a leak which I had to bleed regularly during the last months of owning the car. Unfortunately when showing one prospective buyer the car I forgot to remove my spanner from the bleed nipple!

It failed the MoT on some minor welding and a rear suspension bush, which was the only garage job it ever needed.

The most awkward fault to fix was when the nearside wiper fell off (while raining, of course) due to the splined shaft shredding. Fitting the new driver (which incidentally is common to Jaguars) was a 4-hour job for anyone without 8-inch fingers.

General Comments:

I had many happy miles in this (my first) car and impressed my friends with its interior space and torquey engine when they all had 1-litre Fiestas and Minis. My Granddad had one too and we both concluded that they were a very under-rated workhorse which was usually OK if thoroughly maintained.

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

Review Date: 27th February, 2004

1980 Rover - Austin Maxi 1750 1.7 4 cylinder from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.7 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired85500 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carSubaru DL

Summary:

Mechanics only - a constant project car

Faults:

Head gasket blew twice.

Radiator hoses had to be replaced.

Heater core plugged up.

Front seat frame broke.

Shift lever mechanism wore out.

General Comments:

What a piece of junk. I recall seeing chips of metal come out of the drain hole in the engine/transaxle case, and realising that the poor old Maxi was self-destructing. Still, it was so cheap to fix and patch that there was no bitterness.

The old Maxi had good coachwork, and a high quality (but ugly: it was harvest gold) paint finish. The mechanical quality wasn't so great; evidently scaling up the Mini's mechanicals did not result in a better car. Handling was pedestrian, with a firm, buzzy ride. The roomy cabin was a hit with friends, but the heater never seemed to do much to drive off that winter chill.

Working on the engine was always an invitation to skinned knuckles and other physical damage; it was too tightly wedged in the front end, with little space for wrenches and hands. Rust was a huge headache, but fortunately all structural parts were intact, and she passed MOT no problem.

All in all, it was fun. I sold it for what I paid for it, and despite several close calls, it never left me sitting by the side of the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2003

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 13 reviews