1991 Rover - Austin Metro 1.1S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
A dependable run around
I can't actually think of much that went wrong in the year I owned it.
Battery drained in cold weather- recharged every week in winter.
Rear wings slowly rotting away.
Crash safety? A low speed bump folded the front end and made the car a write off, although I was OK.
This car is seriously reliable.
Basic maintenance on this car is simple (oil changes etc)
The 'K' series engine is this cars best point.
All in all this was the best £300 I have ever spent, if I had paid a grand for this car I'd still be happy.
If you need a cheap reliable car- get a Metro, there are plenty of these around.
I estimate that this car cost me £150 in maintenence costs over 12 months, and that was on oil changes, wiper blades and tyres.
The 1.1 is nippy and confident around town, and even feels OK on the motorway.
The ride is lightweight and a little bumpy, but is superior to similar cars like the old Clio and Citroen AX.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2002