1987 Rover - Austin Montego Mayfair 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Cheap, comfortable workhorse, excellent in its day, but dated quickly
1) Rust - see below.
2) Intermittent unexplained loss of power (after 10 years old)
The car was in my family for 17 years from (nearly) new. Overall it was a very good car: very comfortable ride, very smooth gearchange, smart interior, reasonably fast and lots of extras/luxuries.
The main downside was rust and build quality. If it wasn't for this, the Montego would have been a winner. To be fair though, the problem was generally only annoying surface rust which spoilt the aesthetics. It was only after 17 years that it affected the vehicle structurally.
In its day, when the main competition was Ford's Sierra and Vauxhall's Cavalier, the Montego offered more luxury and class, if not kudos. Apart from occasional unexplained loss of power in later life, the car drove as smoothly and powerfully as day 1. There aren't many Montegos around now, but to anyone considering buying one, best go for a late model (1992 onwards) when build quality and reliability were better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th February, 2006