1981 Rover - Austin Mini City 1.0 from UK and Ireland


A cheap, economical, reliable motor


I have only broken down 3 times. The causes were: water pump, clutch slave cylinder seal, carb float chamber valve.

Other things that have gone wrong are: steering rack, all front brake cylinders, 3x choke cables (because they were budget items), heater valve, alternator.

When I bought it had been neglected a bit which was the cause of two breakdowns. The water in the radiator was just rust and no anti-freeze, which caused the pump to go, and the fluid in the clutch and brake reservoirs hadn't been replaced for years.

General Comments:

This car has been really good.

I have used the car at uni travelling from Devon to Hampshire regularly (175 miles) and even for trips to Nottingham! Now I use the car daily to get to work from Barnstaple to Exeter and back (120 miles a day). It can cope with a constant 75mph and MPG is around 38.

I changed the cylinder head to make it lead free and didn't need to make any other adjustments. Even though a couple of things have gone wrong I have been able to fix them all with the help from Haynes manual and parts are really cheap, e.g. exhaust - £20, tyres - £22.50.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2000

1981 Rover - Austin Mini City 1.0 twin-carb supercharged pet from UK and Ireland


New radius arms, copious amounts of welding, new panels, new paint job, new bottom and top hose, new thermostat, second engine, new slave clutch cylinder, doesn't indicate right.

General Comments:

Fantastic car, everyone should have one.

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

Review Date: 10th November, 1998