1983 Rover - Austin Metro Reviews

1983 Rover - Austin Metro MG 1.3 from Austria

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1984
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80 kilometres
Most recent distance7700 kilometres
Previous carMorris Marina

Summary:

Indeed a real MG!

Faults:

Bought the car new - absolute inferior dealership.

Blew off several exhaust manifold clamps.

Exhaust broke.

Engine went with 8000km, shortly after my ownership. Took six weeks to replace the engine.

2000km further gearbox went - case exploded and box internals laid on the street... with fortunately no harm to persons or other goods.

General Comments:

Apart from the engine/gearbox incident, a marvelous car. Superb road-holding, second to none at that time.

Very economical, would be OK even now in comparison with modern euro-boxes.

Nice finish.

Acceptable comfort for small wheels/wheelbase.

Can be regarded as real MG - created by humble origins and refined to a special car with modest outlay.

Sadly let down by a completely inadequate dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2008

1983 Rover - Austin Metro MG 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles

Summary:

Great drive, wish I still owned it!

Faults:

Rear suspension collapsed, hydro-gas unit leaked!

Engine started using oil at a rate of 1 litre per 100 miles.

Engine oil leaks like the Exxon Valdez.

Had to sell it on because I thought the engine was about to pack up!

General Comments:

Great little car, my first!

Big comfy seats and a reasonable turn of speed, made it my choice!

Lots of induction roar at 100 mph!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2003

1983 Rover - Austin Metro HLE 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

An oil truck!

Faults:

Battery died.

Front ball joints had to be changed.

Rear window heater never worked.

Always leaked oil.

General Comments:

Don't buy an old Metro unless it's in top condition. You hear too many noises when driving, and you can never find the problems!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2000

22nd Feb 2001, 13:59

My Metro HLE is 17 years old. I drive 70 miles a day now. It is economical, runs well and usually passes the MOT.

30th Apr 2001, 07:20

Lovely 'little' motor 'B' registration so expect things to go wrong but can usually pick up spares from scrap yards. My 1.3 pulls my 12'caravan! Doesn't like hills much!

1983 Rover - Austin Metro L 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Very cheap and affordable, quiet interior and doesn't rattle like other models

Faults:

It would not start on cold mornings. Everything else is just perfect!

General Comments:

Excellent running costs.

Excellent reliability.

Great performance, very very quick and fast even though its engine size is small. Can cope with a motorway very easily.

Very spacious in the back and in the front. I am not joking but it is far more spacious than a Mercedes 190! Extremely quiet inside but a little bit noisy outside.

OVERALL = 9/10

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2000

1983 Rover - Austin Metro HLE 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Subframe rusts easily, not hot on acceleration until warm, overheats easily if left idle.

General Comments:

Not a bad first car, but I love it as it is souped up!

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

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 5 reviews