1996 Rover - Austin Metro 100 Kensington 1.1 from UK and Ireland
Cheap, cheerful and reliable (mostly)
Head gasket could be on the way out, as oil is evident in coolant.
My grandad bought this car new in 1996.
It was garaged up until 2008 when he retired from driving, meaning it has survived quite well, with barely any rust.
The car is now getting used more than at any other time in its life, and showing some signs of wear and tear, ie, bubbling arches and car park dings.
If I could, I'd take it off the road and mothball it. I know it's 'only a metro', but its very low mileage, family owned since new and deserves a retirement!
It is excellent on fuel, very nippy around town and low maintenance in general.
On faster B roads and motorways, it tends to struggle, and I find that other drivers just can't wait to get past you.
Respect from other drivers is almost non-existent, I've found, when they see you're in a Metro.
I love this car, however, and it will always be in the family till the end of time, probably.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th March, 2009