1991 Rover - Austin Metro 1.3 from UK and Ireland





General Comments:

I got the car for £40 on eBay with 6 months tax and MOT.

It was one step up from walking.

Rusty, grubby, horrible car. An engine which bunny hopped me down the street everyday, broken heater (in winter), tiny car. Felt very unsafe. Wind blew in from the seals in the windscreen. At 60mph it felt like it would blow the windscreen into the car.

I had gone from a mk2 Mondeo to this. I felt like I was driving a shoe. It was sooo small inside. Honestly I can't believe I owned it. It feels like a dream now.

Sold the car for 3 times what I paid for it three months after buying it, having done nothing to it.

I hated it. It had no charm or character. I got a Toyota Camry and it felt like I was driving a jumbo jet in comparison.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2008

27th Dec 2008, 14:00

Well, you tripled your money. In case you hadn't noticed, that's unusual right now.

1991 Rover - Austin Metro l 1.1L from UK and Ireland


Never buy one


Right were do we start.

I bought the car and the clutch was slipping.

That was OK. Then the next thing to go wrong was you guessed it the head gasket. {k-series engine}

Then I discovered the rear radius arm bushes was worn and needed replaced.

I noticed petrol leaking out when I was putting it in and looked and there was a hole in the delivery chute. But the way Rover put it on it needed a tank which I got from my local scrapyard.

After doing the head gasket and studs, replaced the timing belt and changed the oil and filter I started it up and noticed water gushing out of the side of the engine. Guess what the water pump packed up.

I got a new water pump and put it on and started it up and then I had to bleed the system.

Around the back wheel arches rust got the better of it and I ended up scrapping it. I was never so pleased to see it getting crushed after the trouble it gave me.

General Comments:

I would never have one again if you gave one to me because it is a load of rubbish. There was not much leg room. I am 6 foot and your legs were crushed driving the thing.

It was well finished inside. The seats weren't worn or there was no damage to the upholstery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2006

28th Jun 2006, 18:24

Do you think the head gasket went because all the water "gushed" out the side of the engine, because I do.

18th May 2009, 05:33

I personally love my Metro, 1.1 K series, lovely little run around, work on it all of the time because of the oil leaks, but love doing it, so it's no problemo =). It has the most comfortable seats ever, if I got a new car, would want to take the seats with me. Speedy lil car too. Perfect to me =)


1991 Rover - Austin Metro GTi SE MPi 1.4 16v twincam from UK and Ireland


Underrated, quick and cheap to run! Loads of fun!


Clutch slipped, but that's wear and tear.

Thermostat, cheap job, a bit hard to get at.

General Comments:

Always been a fan of Metros, had loads, but this is my 1st GTi SE, so it has the extras i.e., half leather, electric windows...

Great engine, loves to be revved and gives great performance for a cheap car!

More fun than most newer cars, and dirt cheap to run.

With a few mods, i.e. decat, KN, full exhaust system, individualised suspension, it gives 120bhp, that then makes for very fun driving!

It's true as I read in another review, that it will turn you into a maniac!

When lowered, the ride becomes harsh, but makes up for it in Mini style handling!

So if you're looking for a great fun car under a grand, it's got to be on the list. Also gives all Corsa and Fiesta drivers a red face!

Recommend the 1800 VVC 160! This drops straight in using a different gearbox.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2006