1996 Rover - Austin Mini Sprite 1.3i from UK and Ireland
Great fun - but not a car for everyday use
Rust on bottom of doors, in the boot, and under front lights when bought.
Complete Service at 37000 miles.
New front section of exhaust - £75!
Differential jammed and blew a hole in the bottom of the gearbox and differential casing causing oil to pour out of the engine. Extremely costly to fix - engine had to be taken out, gearbox and differential rebuilt along with a new clutch which was on its way out. - £600.
Tyre alignment keeps coming out.
Bonnet pops up occasionally over bumps.
The car needs constant attention through cleaning and checking for rust.
It handles like a go cart which is fantastic but with the expence of comfort and my aching back!
Front seats are uncomfortable and too big for the car - you have to remove the headrests for anyone over 5ft to get in the back on the car.
Not too economical - managing only 35mpg after full service!
Awkward to use heating system.
Tight engine bay with ECU etc.
Mini specialists are extremely helpful!
Love the mini community - other mini drivers wave and smile!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd April, 2008