1991 Rover - Austin Metro S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
Smooth economical transport
Very little, it had O/S front damage when I got it, but it was repaired and apart from a service it hasn't been touched mechanically. It is even virtually rust free.
A huge improvement on the Austin Metro, the K series engine is smooth and willing, performance good for 1.1. The 5 speed peugeot gearbox enhances this further, only buy these if they have a 5 speed, a 4 speed will bring back all the old car's problems of getting stuck between ratios.
Front/rear connected suspension makes the car harder to set up and affects turn in.
Very economical 40+ mpg, even 50+ for grannies.
Very quiet compared to the A series version, engines sounds like a sewing machine below 4000 rpm.
Interior however is not up to the original MG Metro standards, bring back those racing seats please and the red carpets. In general a huge improvement, now I want an MPi 16v.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2000
16th Oct 2002, 18:36
40mpg? I get 30-35 if I'm not driving too hard! And yes, the carburettor is set up right. Oh, and yeah, I don't drive in a particularly fuel economical manner, but when I had to, I stuck to 60mph (and avoided any braking) and got around 50 (the fuel tank was almost empty in the middle of nowhere)
Worst I've had is about 25, but that was with bikes strapped to the back.
Nice little car tho. Faster than you might think.