1981 Rover - Austin Mini Reviews

1981 Rover - Austin Mini City 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Escort MarkII

Summary:

A cheap, economical, reliable motor

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1981
Engine and transmission 1.0 twin-carb supercharged pet
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews