1980 Rover - Austin Mini Reviews

1980 Rover - Austin Mini SDL 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco


Alec Issigonis' illegitimate lovechild


General minor Mini oil leaks.

Driver's seat fabric has given up the ghost (25 years old!).

General Comments:

I bought this car from a friend and it's my second Mini.

I've fitted a Stage1 tuning kit and the difference is fantastic. The engine is so much more lively.

I replaced the front drum brakes with discs ready for my next performance upgrade - a 1275cc engine.

These cars are very addictive and horrendously good fun. I can't recommend the Mini enough.

Thank you Sir Alec!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2005

1980 Rover - Austin Mini Clubman 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carOpel Ascona


A piece of British Leyland best forgotten, but it was fun!


Everything basically wore out!! Needed a new engine, it uses more oil than OPEC.

Brakes and steering always needed work at MOT time.

Suspension so hard I kept a bag of suppositories handy, this car will give you haemmorhoids at any age!

General Comments:

How British Leyland got away with making this for 40 years is beyond me. I needed a car VERY quickly after writing off my previous set of wheels. It was a straight choice between the Mini and a Talbot Horizon. How could I make such a decision? It's like being asked to choose a date with either Jo Brand or Anne Widdicombe.

The car handles very well, like a go-kart, but I suspect part of this phenomenon is that you are not actually going very fast, it just feels like it.

Forget refinement, I felt as if I was sat inside the engine block on long motorway trips. After driving from Manchester to London I thought I had just been to a Led Zep gig! I couldn't hear a thing and ended up talking like Steven Hawking.

It's a rubbish car, but I will remember it fondly as a custard yellow bird magnet!!

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

Review Date: 20th March, 2001

19th Aug 2001, 04:46

I love Mini's, but I can't blame you for saying it is cramped. I am quite tall, after a long journey, I can no longer feel my legs - I have to use my hands on the pedals and steer with my teeth.

9th Dec 2001, 15:14

I think I'd rather take my chances with Jo Brand. At least you could have a laugh with her. Ann Widdicombe would look like she was WEARING the Mini!

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews