1983 Rover - Austin Mini Reviews

1983 Rover - Austin Mini City E 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance79600 miles

Summary:

A wicked little car

Faults:

Worn tie-bar bushes.

Broken earth strap.

Few rust spots.

General Comments:

I've driven quite a few cars and this is the most fun ever; I always have a smile on my face while driving it and people and other minis wave a lot, which is cool.

It's a standard 998cc, but it goes really if you rev the engine and use the full range of each gear. Revving it makes it quite noisy, except I don't mind because it sounds great And I've taken much of the sound insulation out.

It handles brilliantly on the 10" wheels, and I can beat many other cars around corners without even trying.

The ride is very harsh (avoid speed bumps!), but you soon get used to it, although driving for long periods at 60/70mph can be unpleasant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

11th May 2004, 09:58

I Know a woman who had a Mini 1000 as her second car. She bought it in the early 70s so it was a MK2 with the big steering wheel just like the Morris Minor 1000 had. She said if you drove it over 60mph it never felt right in the steering wheel! She drove it for nearly 13 years till it was clapped out and then bought her first new car; a Vauxhall Nova 1.2 Merit. I have a photo of her with the Mini taken in 1981/2.

1983 Rover - Austin Mini Mayfair 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles

Summary:

Brilliant handling, poor speed

Faults:

Water pump x 2.

Radiator hose.

General overheating.

The car leaked too which was hard to fix.

General Comments:

It's a pretty noisy car and rider comfort is minimal. Not a winter car by any means.

The handling of the car is second to none and it could outcorner a 911, but it just doesn't have the speed to back it up.

Get some 12/13 inch wheels and bigger arches, and you're away!!

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

Review Date: 16th November, 2000

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews