1988 Rover - Austin Metro Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1988 Rover - Austin Metro Mayfair 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10

Faults:

Fuel tank, suspension ball joints, brake pipes, rear suspension arms, suspension units.

General Comments:

This was my third metro. I don't know why.

These cars, especially the models under the Austin name are disappointing. The engines & gearboxes usually last well however the rest of the car falls apart around you. Rust is a particular problem around the front of the car. The hydragas suspension is costly to fix and gives a poor ride. Cheap to buy but maintenance a constant chore.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1988 Rover - Austin Metro Mayfair 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Faults:

Washer pump failed 3 times in 2 years, poor design.

Exhaust cracked at manifold 3 times in 2 years.

Suspension sags regularly.

General Comments:

10 years old, done 32,000. No rust, perfect condition. Wicked car 9/10 + I can get two bikes, camping equipment and other stuff for a weekend of Mountain bike racing with a mate, so it has space too for a small car.

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

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1988 Rover - Austin Metro City 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Water pump failed in 1995.

General Comments:

I have owned this car from new and it has never let me down. The engine is small but reliable and it does the job very well. As long as you keep them well oiled they will go forever. The seats are a little uncomfortable for long journeys and the bodywork needs looking after, but for a first car it is absolutely wonderful. Shame they are not made anymore.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

16th Oct 2001, 04:16

I want to by a car (second hand). The car is from 1988. The price is 1.100$.

I am from Romania. Where I can find spare parts for this car in my country??? We do not have many cars like this Rover in the country. Can be that a problem?

Valentin Ionescu.

11th Aug 2003, 05:10

I have found that the rover metro Austin city is one of the best at lasting. I am looking for a body kit for mine (if there are any around). I have played with my engine and it is now running four times better then what it was. I have only spent £200 on it. they are very reliable.

26th Jun 2004, 16:55

I am the proud owner of an Austin Metro which is a Mark 1 with the indicators in the bumper she is a city x limited edition. It is on an early F plate (88). She is temperamental, foul tempered, but a great little car. I would never part with her all the time she is still able to be repaired when need be. She has her moments when she takes on the personality of a bus, but, hey, it's a Metro! I have also given her a name as she has so much character her name is Maisey T Metro (T for The)

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 13 reviews