Got mine from a Rover dealer 3 days before they went bust for a reasonable sum. still probably not lost much money on it. I could not find a better coupe for the money
Fuel wise I can get up to 40MPG while driving quickly (which is about as good as my old Diesel Xsara) Parts are OK cost wise and still available.
On the road
Probably the best Front wheel drive I have driven. Its a much better drive than a Celica. You can have some serious B road fun in this with the roof out on a sunny day. Can be a bit light at the front in the wet but that just adds to the fun.
Its no dragster but for a 1.6 with 109BHP its seriously quick. Tip change up at 6,000RPM to get the best acceleration on a 2nd-3rd change it will bring you in a peck torque. As for 3rd - 4th I have not been on an auto bahn to find out!
Living with it
After a year of ownership its let me down once due to a dirty contact on the boot light switch. This coursed the battery to discharge. Other than that I'm just paranoid the Head gasket will go.
Some people its a case of “its a rover!! yuck” and others “tomcat... ...nice”. I like to be different and its certainly different.
Some would say its a bit on the hard side, Mine is all original and I think its the best compromise for handling/comfort. The seat is very comfortable.
Security and Service
I would not take you long to work out how to get in without the keys but it comes as standard with an immobiliser and I added a stop lock. I've not had any trouble but yet again it is a rover.
Despite its age, I brought it and have service it a Rover Dealer who has been superb, (A.E. Wilcox in Wickwar). Manufacturer? What Manufacturer?
Problems and Ownership
Last owner paid £400 for a head gasket and skim at 40k miles, 80k miles is up soon so I'm saving my pennies.
Electrics can be a bit erratic. Likes to randomly wipe the rear windows when the engine if off. Clock also needs a good thump once in a while but it is 9 years old.
Did you buy the car new?
Would you buy the same model again?
Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?