I have had two nearly identical 1988 825's, one a 5 speed the other an automatic. Both SL's. Never did I have a major problem with them, and the auto was purchased new. I put over 100,000 miles on each of them with no major issues. Would like to have a "silver bullitt" if I could find one!
I have a 1989 Sterling SLI, I bought the car new in 1989. It is white with tan interior. It has 169000 miles on and I never had any problems with it. I have change the oil every 5000 miles using mobil 1 synthetic all the time. The Acura dealer has changed the water pump and timing belt twice already, and I have done mostly all the maintenance myself.
The only thing that doesn't work is the air conditioning, The interior is perfect and the paint looks brand new. Sadly I hit a deer and I have a broken headlight, because the car has european headlight it is almost impossible to get replacement.
I have a new car now, and we only have a 2 car garage so the Sterling is park on the street.
This is a wonderful car that still turn heads when it goes by.
I enjoy the Sterling SLi Rover that I have, but they just need to have more parts available for the car, since there are still some out there.
For Edu from Austin:
Ever entertained any ideas of selling it to a fellow Sterling enthusiast?
I currently have my third 1989 827s daily driver that I love to drive! Mechanically it is almost perfect, but the white paint is dull and I need to replace the headliner and some leather...
Send me an email... maybe we could make a Texas Sterling owners club.
I purchased a 1989 Sterling 827 SLI, British racing green, tan Connolly leather seats with pigskin inserts. It currently has 109,000 miles on it and still runs fine. I changed the oil every 3500 miles, spark plugs at 30,000 miles intervals, replaced tires, brake pads and other minor maintenance. The most satisfying car I have owned. I It still turns heads.
My experience with the SLI prompted me to purchase a Used 1991 827 SL with 10,800 miles on the speedometer. I drove that one every day before retiring and since it had 144,000 miles on it and required an exhaust system, I didn't feel like spending $1,000 for a catalytic converter, exhaust pipes, etc. It was sitting in the field for a couple of years, and for the heck of it one day I attached a battery charger/starter on it, and to my surprise it started without difficulty.
I have owned a 1989 Sterling 827 SLI since new. When the car hit 170,000 miles I sold it for $500.00. I never had any trouble with this car and I miss it.
The outside and the inside were in perfect shape, of course the car was always in the garage.
I would have loved to purchase that car! Darn... too late..
I would love to find me an SLi to purchase... especially a 5 speed.
These are common in the UK (known as the Rover 800), and even the very best will cost you no more than UKP750 (USD1000).
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