1994 Rover - Austin Metro Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1994 Rover - Austin Metro Tahiti Special 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance18500 miles

Summary:

A nippy little go-kart, not for motorways

General Comments:

A nippy little car. Will do 100mph with enough space. Drop the clutch hard enough and the wheels will spin fairly easily.

The steering wheel seems to be a little off to the left of the driving position though.

The spec level on this model is very low, no intermittent wiper, no cigar lighter socket.

The insurance is expensive, as a 17 year old male, for my own insurance policy it is a minimum of around £2000, and a whopping £700 to be named driver.

Not one for the modifiers, it costs around £150 to get it lowered, won't take bigger than 14" wheels without serious effort, and parts are hard to come by.

Overall a good little car, wouldn't want to go a long way in it, but not too bad at all.

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

Review Date: 9th December, 2001

8th Jan 2002, 11:09

I'm a 17 year old girl and my insurance is bloody expensive too. I've got a 1994 Tahiti and it is so basic. No cigar lighter or intermittent wiper. When I brought the car there was no bloody stereo or speakers. I've put a mini-disc head-unit and pioneer 6x9's in the parcel shelf. I've made a centre console, and I'm getting a set of 3 spoke alloys, 13" coz I can't fit much bigger ones on the midget car. Anyway good luck with your metty, I'm having fun with mine, it's a nippy little bugger!

1994 Rover - Austin Metro CD 1.4 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired51556 miles
Most recent distance65674 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A reliable runabout

Faults:

Where do you start with a Rover.

The suspension is like a bouncy castle.

The diesel tank leaked and cost £95 to replace.

The body parts are like tin plate. I sat on one of my front wings and put a huge dent in it.

The radiator is like tin foil and will not last long with the amount of stones that hit it.

Otherwise it isn't that bad to drive.

We all know what happens to Rovers though, the floor will fall out. The exhaust will need replacing once a year and if your engine hasn't fallen out at 90000 miles, I wish you luck.

General Comments:

The car does have good points.

The engine is a Peugeot. When the engine has warmed up you can leave anyone at the traffic lights.

I am tall and there is lots of head and legroom.

It is very economic on diesel. I can go for two weeks on a tank travelling approximately 30 miles a day.

If you can find a modern Metro in good condition, don't keep it longer than a year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2001

16th Sep 2001, 04:33

I had a Metro 1.4Si and it had all of the faults you describe. Rust everywhere - uncurable, crashing suspension, even after a pump-up, trim falling off, creaks, rattles and the whole thing felt tinny and flimsy. This however is not representative of all Rovers. The cars released in the last 8 years are all very reliable and much better (except the 800). My advice to all is to ignore the Metro/100 as it is a BL relic and not up to the standard of modern Rovers.

1994 Rover - Austin Metro Tahiti limited edition 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles

Summary:

No ordinary Metro! Bloody brilliant!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car, it's really sweet and very reliable.

General Comments:

Great little runner.

Cheap on petrol, insurance and road tax.

Ideal for new drivers, as I am a new driver I would really recommend the Rover Metro.

Tahiti blue is a great colour and improves the look of the car considerably.

No ordinary Metro!

Little nipper! Flies in 1st and 2nd gear! You won't hang about!

I need some help, for my second car I want a Vauxhall Cavalier hatchback between 'F' and 'J' reg with a 1.4 engine. If anyone can help me get hold of one I would be grateful. I need the small engine because the insurance companies will cane me out of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 18 reviews