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I bought my metro when I was 19, what I wanted was a crazy fast go cart that I could fill with stuff and not have to fix. 2 out of three isn't bad. My model was a metro advantage, a revvy 1.3 mini engine in a limited edition metro turbo body kit. Essentially a large mini, the car handled great. The hydroelastic suspension was predictable if basic and when maintained correctly could out steer many more expensive cars of its time. An important thing as the engine was far less powerful than it sounded. The interior was surprisingly good for such an old car, although the wheel is huge it can be changed easily and as the advantage came with bucket seats (like the later GTA) it was overall a nice place to be. The Simple four speed box was sturdy even in old age. In fact the car required very little care over the 3 years I owned it. The weakness was found in the general fit of sound and waterproofing, once damp, the car would remain so until very properly dried and a cloth for clearing condensation was an absolute must as the heaters were not quite up to the task. I bought my car for £200, for hi price it was a bargain, if you find an advantage and want a cheap, low maintenence run around, try it out.
Overall the K-series 1100 Metro/R100 is a good car for the money, but you get what you pay for. They are very lacking in refinement and safety, and have several defects in their design. If possible, try to avoid the 1.4 versions of the car with the 16v head, as these suffer from the dreaded K-series headgasket problems. The 1.1 is actually a good unit that is very rev happy and, in my experience, very reliable. The gearbox is Peugeot and extremely smooth and easy. When pumped up the ride quality is very good, thanks to the hydrolastic suspension, but this is prone to leaking which causes the front end to drop causing the suspension to bottom out hitting bumps and generally making the ride uncomfortable. Beware; if you are looking at a car that has just had it's suspension pumped up the chances are it'll be down again within a month. Top ups cost around £40. The handling isn't too bad; the car tends to under steer if pushed too hard into a corner although this is easily corrected. If the suspension has leaked the opposite starts to happen, especially in the wet, caused by a lower CofG at the front than the back which means that if pushed the back starts to swing out, again, easily correctable. The interior is minimalist but functional and the seats are comfortable. They also tend to wear well; mine having covered 100 000 miles with no real signs of wear. Parts are cheap and readily available and there is good club support. While usable on the motorway wind noise does increase dramatically over 65 so it isn't ideal for long distance touring. For a cheap run around or learner car I would recommend one thanks to the good fuel consumption (up to 50 mpg if you are careful) and very low insurance. Try to get the best you can, ideally with a low millage.
I have only had this car for under a year i got it for my 18th birthday. I know my mum paided under a hundred pounds for it there wasnt anything wrong with no marks and low mileage it look just like a ford fiesta. I must say i was a bit dissapointed when i saw the maroon red colour however it gets you to a to b. The seats are a nasty cream colour like nicotine stains with patterns the interior is grey. Not having power steering is a complete nightmare when you have to do a u turn in a small space i feel as if im fighting with the wheel. I found there isn't alot of leg room for tall people like me but the people in the back are quite happy. The boot is quite big my st bernard can fit in there and he is huge. I found the clutch quite stiff i dont know wether it is just because this is a old second hand car. my gear stick this is a different story i have use both hands to change gear i havn't had this problem with any other car i have found the quality of this car quite poor. on the other hand it only costs me twenty five pounds for a full tank and £250 per year to be insured in my name so it is a cheap car to run this car is quite reliable its never broken down on me.
My first ever car was a M reg Rover Metro Rio. We had a love- hate relationship, with the swingometer resting mostly at the tempestuous HATE end of the scale! It was a brief encounter, lasting only three months to be exact. She passed away one sunny carefree afternoon, when I rather too hastily drove over a speed bump! I didn't ever give her a name. This was out of spite really as she was always breaking down on me, usually in heavy traffic or any other really inconvenient time..... Reminds me of the scene in FAWLTY TOWERS when Basil Fawlty gave his worn out dilapitated Morris Minor ' A damn good thrashing'. He may of had a similar relationship with his car, but no matter what, I would never use such barbaric violence! It was more like a battle of wits between us really, to see who could gain all the important power dynamics. Looking back we were both pretty handy at dishing out the silent treatment to each other! There were quite a few blemishes on her body work when I bought her. Inside she looked pretty worn out and dishchevelled. I lovingly patched her up by fixing the paintwork and putting in new leather seat covers. Soon she looked a lot healthier and more roadworthy. Wouldn't say she ' looked a million dollars.' Probably more the old ' million turkish lira look'. About £7.50 in British sterling! Everything was fine throughout our ' honeymoon' period. Things though soon started to go downhill - no pun intended. To be honest, in the past I had some bad anti- social habits when I was driving, such as playing loud music and speaking on the phone- HANDSFREE OF COURSE! I used to make her very nervous and anxious by not checking the oil and also running very low on petrol! Actually, looking back I was horrible to her..... I feel really guilty now!.... I feel terrible. If only I could turn back the clock- no not that one! Anyway I'm off to punish myself by watching three episodes of Top Gear. Ninety minutes of Clarkson seems harsh but I deserve it!
Passed my driving test in Spring 1998 and was looking for a reliable, economical cheap to run car in good condition. my sisters parents in Laws who live in Barnsley in Yorkshire found an advert for a 1990 Rover Metro Clubman that was in very good condition for its age at the time of purchase. it use to belong to a Disabled Owner who was the 1st registered Owner of the car, who only clocked up 34,000 miles. I brought it for £950 that I saved upduring childhood, as I was still studying at college. I had not passed my Driving Test when purchasing the Metro in March, passed my Diving Test in May, my Dad had to drive it back to Birmingham. I still got my Metro Clubman to this present day, 6 years on and have decided to move up a class and have ordered a brand new Seat Cordoba 1.9TDi SE that I shall collect on 9th March 2004. this is my type of car as good quality is essential in my view that has those little extra that are needed into days modern standard of living. EXTERIOR: It was not my type of car would rather have had a VW Golf, as I am not too keen on the shape and find it too square. the model looks as if Rover were still using the Austin design as its the same shape and looks like an Austin Rover, but says on log book rover. Its only has 3 doors that one of my pet hates as it annoying having to get out of the driving seat each time someone wants to get in or out. also if you ever had an accident it makes the emergency services job a lot more stressful for themselves and the Passengers. should stop making new 3 door cars unless its a coupe or sports car. imagine if both front Passengers were unconscious and the car was about to explode the few seconds longer to get out could cost you your life, if you have no t injured yourself badly. The color of the car is ?oyster beige? a color that not seen very often on metro?s so makes it easy to spot on a multistory car park. the color is light cream that looks smart and cannot notice the dirt on the car from a distance. The bumpers are black plastic that matches with the black mat underlay located at the sides of the Metro Clubman. What also made me purchase the car was the tinted manual sunroof,that can only be tilted at a small angle. Always helpful to have when driving on the Motorway on a hot Summers day. The tyre?s are small so cost a lot less to replace with a brand new tyre, price ranges between £34 to £55. I have the cheapest tyre?s at the back and the good quality tyre?s at the front that have always been Dunlop SP. The wheel covers are only plastic that you can buy from Halfords with no rover badge logo. Back and front lights are the standard square flat looking lights that you get on a Metro's of any age. The shape was great in the 80ts and 90ts but glad they stopped producing them as they look like a midi skip on wheels and cannot wait until the end of March when it will meet the crusher. I only kept it until I was 25 that I have reached in December, so I can benefit from cheaper car insurance. INTERIOR: The dashboard is just a thin covering of grey plastic that?s rather plain and boring with a few black plastic panel mounted buttons for various functions. Rear fog guard light. rear screen heater, rear screen wiper and rear screen washer. The control instruments and switches are hard to see clearly while driving at night and sometimes think you left the headlights off. The digital clock fitted does not light up so never know what time it is after dusk. Still have the original radio from when I purchased th e car. Its a Phillips Radio and cassette player with 2 speakers on drivers and passengers doors, it works well until you travel to another County and end up trying to tune into the local radio station. The radio is a tune in radio were you have to turn a knob, not like today?s search and scan radio that?s now standard in all new cars. The car still has a manual choke and not an automatic, no door to glovebox so cannot store many items as it will keep falling onto floor when driving round sharp bends. The Synchromesh gearbox is one of the worse designed gearboxes that Metro seem to be well known for, with only 4 gears plus reverse. In order to get into reverse you have to lift up the gear leaver that does not work well that well. The gear leaver is very loose and had plenty of free movement that you can move with your small finger. Another fault is a leaking gearbox that never seem to get fixed properly, so end up with thick black oil stains on the garage floor. I found it difficult to engage 3rd gear for the 1st few months and must have got use to it, or it had fixed by its own accord. The majority of the interior is grey and can see it why its was one of the cheapest models, the multi grey seats that are very hard to sit on and end up with a aching back and knees during a long journey. If you are 5? 11? like myself, or above it can feel rather cramped. There?s a solid plastic headrest that you cannot lean your head against so again end up with a stiff neck on longer journeys. Engine Capacity: 998cc (1 litre) Fuel Type: Unleaded fuel (95RON Octane) can also use LRP. Fuel Capacity: 35 litres. THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG: Since I had my Metro Clubman I have had a new radiator grill (eng ine kept overheating) 1 battery, 6 new tyre?s, 2 new exhaust pipes and 2 alternators plus minor parts during main car service, e.g. spark plugs, air filters etc. The one thing that Metro are well known for the amount of rust that appears as it ages that once its starts, you cannot prevent it from rusting further and oil leaks, I would de rust the car twice a year and rust would always come back. During the last 3 years my Metro Clubman has failed its MOT on corrosion of the bottom of floor that has to be welding back together that costs a lot in labour. Glad to part exchange t he car with a Seat Dealer who?s given me £275, this cover the price for metallic paint. MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I would not recommend you buy a Metro, they were the car of the 80ts and early 90ts that are driven around by Grannies and Young Drivers under 21. Boy Racers who think they cool driving around in a jazzed up Metro have the opposite effect on me. A metro should be left plain and simple as that they are meant to be. The main reason I brought my Metro Clubman was the cheap insurance, road tax, fuel economy and low miles on clock and body work condition when purchasing the car back in March 1998. I was only 19 at the time and Metro was still a popular car to drive around in. My Metro Cluman 998cc engine has done 63500 miles and drinks a lot of engine oil after long journeys and feel very unsafe in strong winds on the Motorway. My Metro Clubman 988cc is a 1990 G registered car that should only be used as a run-around that looks likely that the Seat Dealer will scrap or sell my car at auction. Great car during the 80ts, that was used by the Police and Princess Diana. Rover made the right decision to stop manufacturing Rover 100?s. < br> ©NWC2004
On the morning of my 17th birthday, my father drove me down to the local industrial estate, attached L-plates to the front and back of my mother's Rover Metro 1.1S, and let me get behind the wheel. I stalled it. More than 10,000 of my own miles (and 8 years) later, this is the only time I've done this. Previously I have told you the story of my mother's Ladas. This love affair with the Communist Cortinas came to an abrupt halt in 1993 when, at the age of 16, I threw a paddy and refused to get in it anymore. I begged my mother to get a new car. Surprisingly, she agreed, and bought a nearly-new Metro 1.1S from the local (Lada) garage. At nine months old, with 6,000 miles on the clock, it cost £5,995 which back then was a saving of about £3,000 on the new price. This was also around the time when the Rover Metro was considered only second to the Peugeot 106 as The Daddy Of Small Cars. Suddenly I had gone from zero to hero. It was easy to see why. Compared with the Samara we had before it had an interior that was properly screwed together, for a start. In fact, compared to most small cars of the time it was very well put-together, the only downside being the dashboard that had been carried over from the previous Austin model. The other stupid thing about the dashboard was there was a rubber mat that rested on the top shelf, but was not secured to anything, so during fast cornering it would dislodge. A far better solution would have been to mould it into the dashboard in the manner of the contemporary 200/400 series. The front seats, coming out of the 800, were very comfortable, but left passengers in the rear with no legroom to speak of. The Rover model is actually inferior to the Austin version in this respect, as the earlier car had diddy chairs in the front. Boot space was also lacking. Being the mid-range S model, the car had a few goodies - a pop-up sunroof, a 5-speed gearbox, and a Phi lips stereo. No power steering, aircon, central locking or any of the niceties you get on today's small cars. For the most part, however, the Metro didn't need it. Compared to the whiny old A-series engine and four-speed box, the K-series engine is a revelation. Smooth and revvy, it produces 60bhp which still is good for an 1100cc unit. Our car suffered from a slight flat spot at low revs, but otherwise was vice-free. Fuel economy is not bad on the open road, averaging about 40mpg, but you only get about 250 miles out of the very small tank. At least the filler isn't in the bottom of the back wing like the old model, being up by the window. It doesn't handle quite as well as a Mini, but the handling is good enough to give a feeling of invicibility. Low-profile Dunlop tyres give lots of grip, and I only lost the front end of the car once due to sheer stupidity. I hit a grass bank (due to panic locking of the front wheels) but luckily no damage was caused to the car. The ride is also excellent; the bounciness of the Metro of old is lost because the Hydragas suspension units are connected front-to-rear as well as side-to-side. Saying that, because we live in an area with a lot of speedbumps, the suspension sees a lot of action and the gas will be displaced so the car acquires a "lowrider" look (often the look of a neglected Metro). £20 paid to the local tyre shop gets it pumped up again. I used the car most between the ages of 17 and 19 when it was my only available form of motorised transport. In all I racked up about 10,000 miles, mainly driving to and from universities for interviews, and running my mates about. Another friend's parents had a K-reg 3-door model and we used to test out the 0-60 times in drag races. All good fun. To be honest I think driving it hard was a good thing for the car, as my mother drives in a very sedate way. That's my story and I'm sticking to it - let's just say tha t I was more naive in the days I paid for every other tank of petrol. And no tyres. We still have the car almost 10 years later, and it continues to give my mother good service. It's up to 45,000 miles now, and has never let my mother down. There was a scare a few years ago when we thought my brother had cracked the sump (he's also responsible for the front indicator lens falling out and the cassette flap on the radio breaking off), but by changing the gasket it stopped leaking oil. Otherwise it's just needed regular servicing, an exhaust here and there, and new tyres. The bugbear of the old Austin Metro, rust, seems to have been brought much more under control for the Rover model, if not totally eradicated. Places where these cars rust most is around the rear wheel arches, it must be the design. Our car is garaged all the time and still has needed work here, once by ourselves and once professionally. Once again it is starting to go at the edges, two years after the professional repair. There is also a bit of rust creeping up under the rear valance and on the sills. Since the safety scare regarding the NCAP tests a few years ago, values of the Rover Metros have dropped off to the point that the early ones cost not much more than Austin versions. Even with such low mileage and in excellent condition, our car is probably only worth £900. Still, for that money it would make someone an excellent first car, as there's plenty of life in the old girl yet!
Three years ago I fell in love with the Rover Metro and luckily, a colleague wanted to sell hers at the same time. So in September 1998 I became proud owner of a G-reg 1.3L Metro Clubman. It had only clocked up 42.000 miles and cost me a mere £1100, which I thought was a bargain. I think I liked it because I have always liked the VW Golf, and the Metro kind of looks like a toy-version of the Golf, except it's cheaper. It is fast off the mark and quite easy to handle. It has a sunroof, 3 doors, 4 gears and one of those funny aerials on the rooftop, that you always have to take off whenever you want to use one of those car washes. It takes unleaded petrol, but I only really use it to get to work and back (about 17 miles) and to do my weekly shop, so I don't have to spend more than £25 per month on petrol. I have had my little Metro for three years now and, with regular servicing, it has never let me down. It is now 12 years old, but reliable like no other car. It always passes its MOTs with flying colours, is easy to park and I have to admit I have grown extremely fond of it. With its 1.3 liter engine it falls into the cheaper tax category. It doesn't really go faster than 80 mph, but then again, that is still faster than the speed limit and I wouldn't want to go faster anyway.-+ The only thing two things I dislike about it are the fact that it's very prone to rust and secondly, the fact that spare parts can be quite a problem. A friend of mine broke off the door handle on the passenger side, and I had to order a spare handle which took 14 days to arrive and set me back about £55. Apparently this is because the G-reg is the "borderline" car, because in 1990 a lot of it changed, e.g. the windscreen wipers, the aerial etc are all different now *or so I was told by my Rover dealer. But because mine was manufactured in 1989, spare parts are not that easy to come by (and quite pri cey). I have always thought of cars as useful commodities, never as personalities, but I was wrong! My Metro certainly has a personality and it seems to complement my own. Definitely the car for me, you and everyone! Especially useful as a first car.
All those people who knock the Metro as being a bad car really annoy me! The Rover Metro really is a car innovative in many ways, and although its a facelift of the previous metro, it is a great, fun car to drive. My model was a 1994 1.1S, which means you get body coded bumpers, remote locking, a sunroof, a racy sports interior which could rival an Audi for the quality, 4 speaker stereo, spoiler, and a rev counter. The car drives brilliantly, more like a go-kart. The grip if fantastic, you can throw the thing round corners and the car wont lose traction even under heavy cornering. As for performance, I dont think ive ever owned a car with such a nice engine as this one! The 1100cc unit only delivers 60bhp but with the vehicles modest weight - throws you from 0-60 in about 10 seconds! not bad for a supermini. The smoothest of the engine, combined with the quietness and nippy performance really makes it a great all-round motor. Reliable too - started about 99% of the time. Comfort wise, you cant really fault this car for the standard features, the tilt/slide sunroof is nice in the summer, you get remote central locking that also activates a standard alarm/immobiliser. You also have tinted windows and an expensive stereo. Mine being a 5-door model means great access for people getting in the back. Bad points about the car would be that its a nightmare to clean! I have on more than one occasion put it though the carwash twice in a row! And for those looking to buy one- rust. This effects many of these cars but amazingly mine was blessed with non-rust bodywork and has never ever shown any signs of it! great! the last fault being the dealers, who somtimes just 'dont want to know'! If they do want to know, then you will probably have to wait weeks to get your car a annual service, and thats if you can afford the mercedes like prices!! ouch!
Well we had a little N reg Rover metro and as a family of 5, road journeys were very uncomfortable.It was too small and cramped in the back seats. They are a good little motor and my parents didnt really have any problems with it.Just its size. Because its under 1400cc engine it makes the insurance alot cheaper, so I guess it would suit either as a first car or a little run about for old people. Its also very economical.However its quite tedious riding down a long main road,going quite fast,well fast for that car,and you dont seem to be getting anywhere fast. It would be better suited for someone who lives in a city and just wants to bizz around there. For the benifit of the 'nice' people at dooyoo, I will give you a rough idea of how it drives, or how i remember my mum moaning about the damm thing! It hasnt got power steering so its not brillient to drive, its not that hard to park with as its so small, traction is good.
I own a P Reg 1.1 Rover 100 Knightsbridge SE and I am not ashamed of it. As a new driver (I only passed my test in January) I have had the pleasure of driving several cars (My instructor changed his car half way through my lessons) and I can safely say that the Rover is the best of the cars I have driven. The first car I drove was a 4 door Corsa 1.2 V reg. This was a nice car to learn in but after a while I got a bit annoyed with the gear change and also the engine was not the most powerful. On about my 6th lesson the car broke down so for a couple of lessons after I had to make do with a 2 door loan car. Still a 1.2 but this time the gear change was even worse. It just refused to go into gear at some points unless the clutch was released and re applied (I know this sometimes happens but over 10 times in a 1 hour lesson....) Then he changed to a new Fiesta Encore with a 1.3 engine. I had read that these cars lacked a bit of power at high speed, and boy were they right. The car was great, with a nice gear change and good steering but once you hit 60 and went to fifth gear the car just stops accelerating. Well now back to the Rover. As I own this car I may be a bit biased but I do believe that it is the best car of the lot. For a start it has far less body roll than the Fiesta and a much nicer gear change than the Corsa. It also has more power than both the other cars, maybe not at low speeds but once to 60 it keeps going. The 1.1i engine is nippy but first gear can be a little relaxed but once in second at about 20 mph the power flows and it is comfortable there until about 35 mph. The only down point is the lack of power steering but that is only a problem when performing three point turns and reverse parks (which I am happy to say that I have not done since my test). Overall I am very happy with the Rover and I can say that I have had little trouble with it, with only a few minor problems. A nice car that can rival any car in its class. Sorry for getting off the point at the start of the review but I believe the only way to rate a car is to compare it to others in its class.
I have a Rover Metro and after reading the other reviews in this section I decided I had to defend my little Rover! I have had mine for a year now, it's K reg so it seven and a half years old. When the car was bought it had a 8000 miles on the clock and no, that's not a typo, it had only done eight thousand miles. The car had been a demonstrator for the first year, in which it had done 4000 miles and then an old lady bought, who only did 4000 miles in 6 and a half years. Not only that she regularly serviced it at Rover and kept in a garage. This meant that the car felt brand new, despite the fact it was six and a half years old. My Metro is a 1.1S and it's a fairly dark metallic grey. There aren't many options on it but it does have a fairly decent stereo plus a sunroof. It's the five door model which is very handy for carrying several people. I haven't driven any sportscars so maybe I am don't know what good handling is but I find the Metro to have good handling, the suspension is quite stiff and down twisty roads the Metro holds its line. I would say it handles better than brand new Clio, which seems to suffer from too much bodyroll. On faster A-class roads it feels quite stable for a small car. The engine is not fuel injected so its not particularly fast at motorway speeds but its very nippy about town, which if you're buying this car its probably what you're going to do the most. It's certainly reasonably quiet and quite smooth but then again it's only done 11000 miles so you would expect it to be. The 1.1 litre engine doesn't get the tax reduction because it is about 38cc over the limit which is annoying. However, it will obviously come under the new tax scheme which will be good, as it is a saving of £55. The model I drive has no power steering which can be a pain when reverse parking but otherwise you don't notice it. The gears change smoothly (my Mum wasn't very impresse d when I suggested they changed smoother than her Zafira!) which is good because in a car with a smaller engine you generally need to work the gears to get the most out of the engine. The accomodation in the car is good, I quite often carry 4 people in it and no-one complains, it has easily more room than a Fiesta (The new one), a Clio, a Nova or a Corsa. The rear seats fold down eassily giving plenty of room for loading up. I managed to get all my stuff from my University flat back home in it and if you saw the amount of stuff I had you wouldn't believe. I certainly couldn't after unpacking the car! The car's just had its first service and the only problem was a punctured tyre, which I'd driven 150 miles with and not realised. This meant the tracking was out and had to be adjusted, which added £20 to the bill, bringing it to £80. The mechanic was impressed by the car, initially he thought it had been clocked but realised it wasn't after seeing the condition of the car. The car sailed through its MOT with nothing even slightly advisory. The MOT cost £17 from Halfords which was very good. The car cost £2000 and came with a year's Rover Assistence which I have used twice. The first time was when I punctured the tyre (The first time, I've managed to do it twice this year) and I wasn't very happy about driving home with a wheel I'd put on (I once drove a car which the front wheel almost fell off because the wheel nuts worked loose) so my Mum suggested phoning them and within an hour someone came to see me. He changed the tyre for me, without questioning anything, I thought he might be a but annoyed at being called out to change someone's tyre. The second time I locked myself out and again they came round and unlocked the car for me. My car is not unique, when my Mum was buying her car there was a low mileage Metro for sale but a mechanic snapped it up before we could. The same was going to happen with my one but my Mum was friends with the wife of the Manager of the Rover garage, so he stepped in and let me have it. If you can find one in as good condition as my one, it is an excellent little car. I can't comment on the more banger range of Metros but I am perfectly happy with my one.
After scrapping my Fiat 126, I was on the look out for another car. I was walking past a garage quite near me when I spotted a red C Reg. 1.3 Metro for sale with a price tag of £500. I asked the salesman if I could take it for a test drive, I took it for quite a run, and there didn't appear to be much wrong with it, the engine ticked over like a dream the gears changed easily with no crunching. When I got back to the garage I told the salesman that the car had I few minor faults, such as the fog light wasn't working, and the passenger seat had a burn in it. I was really surprised when he knocked the price down to £350, I was really suspicious and I asked him why he was knocking so much off the car. Apparently the garage wanted to get rid of it's existing stock, because it wanted to start selling trucks and vans. So I bought the car straight away, it even had a full MOT on it. After driving a Fiat 126 this car was like luxury, it had proper heating, a stereo, a fairly big boot, and comfy seats. This car had a 1.3 engine and it could really shift, I reckon someone had maybe tampered with the car to make it go fastest. I drove this car for 12 months, not just round town I did some really long journeys in the metro, and not once did it ever break down in 12 months. After 12 months I wanted to sell it on, so I had to get it MOT'ed but even the MOT didn't cost hardly anything, it only needed a few minor jobs doing. The whole MOT only cost me £55. I then advertised the car in the paper within 2 days I had a man come round who wanted a reliable car to travel to Blackpool everyday, he was impressed by the car and bought it straight away. I got £550 for the car, so I made a profit on it. Maybe the one I had might have been a fluke, but it was one of the most reliable old cars I have ever had.
We bought our E reg 1.3 Metro a year and a half ago. We wanted a small,economical 5 door car and we certainly got one. It's very good on fuel averaging 40 mpg and has been reliable. Thats the good points. On the minus side it's not very good to drive, the handling of Metros is poor. The car looks very dated against other cars of it's era,the way that Austin and then Rover continued to make this car for so long is suprising as it's hardly a classic design. The quality of build is poor, it's put together quite well but they rust. I seem to be forever finding new areas of rust and bits that have been treated seem to rust through again. These cars were never designed to last and last like say a golf or a volvo. If you don't mind driving an older car that'll just get you from A to B then it's okay. Parts are readily available very cheaply. Scrap yards are full of Metros for breaking, some won't even take them in unless you pay them ! A cheap car to own but it's got a very cheap image.
My full opinion of the Rover Metro (and, previously, the Austin Metro) isn't even type-able in here! Suffice to say that I hate it. With a vengeance! I come from a family where my Mother and Sister have both earned 2 in their time and even they learned the error of their ways when they finally got a "real" car! Rover honestly believed, when they took over Austin, that they could make the Metro more desirable. Boy, were they wrong?! The Metro, Rover or otherwise, is and always has been a tin can with wheels! It rots, it falls apart, it breaks down, they engine sounds like a car in reverse (let's be honest, you can tell a Metor engine from a mile off!) and I cannot see why people buy them. Wait, yes I can. They're cheap!!! My husband used to work at a scrap yard and if he had a pound for every rotten MOT failure Metro he came across (and not that old either!) we would be extremely rich and I wouldn't be earning money here!! (LOL...just kidding, I would, it's fun!) People always need Metro spares because Metros always need fixing! Rover didn't even manage to change the image when they re-launched it as the Rover 100. Let's face it, a Metro is a Metro and always will be a metro, doesn't matter what badge you stick on the front!!