Product Type: Austin/MG cars
Newest Review: ... with voice alerts, and full leather seats. For a nearly 30 year old model, the Montego did come with quite a range of equipment options... more
Rover Montego - underrated potential future classic.
Member Name: e31m70
Advantages: Engines are good, economy, equipment, price.
I'm a bit of a car nut, and I own 4 cars, including a BMW 760, 540 and my dream car a BMW 850. But my pride and joy is my Montego.
I have owned my Montego for around 10 years, and have had many happy times driving her.
She is a 2.0 SLX four door saloon. The O series carb engine produces 104bhp, which compared to today's cars isn't a lot. But she weights around 1 tonne, which gives a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds, and being lightweight I average a combined mpg of 35.
My Montego features central locking, front electric windows, electric sunroof and power steering. Other features available included an LED dash with voice alerts, and full leather seats. For a nearly 30 year old model, the Montego did come with quite a range of equipment options.
Inside is spacious with seating for 5, and the rear seats fold down allowing for carrying larger items that would not have fitted in the boot alone.
The dash on my Montego has started to crack, but is repairable, and the headlining fabric did sag, but was easily replaced.
The exterior is pleasing, with simple lines. Rust is an issue, but wheel arches and other panels can still be purchased quite cheaply. Unfortunately, as numbers drop, they are getting rarer at scrapyards, and there may be some difficulty getting less common parts but service parts can still be found at most motor factors.
The car handles quite well, the suspension is soft which means the car does roll when going round corners. The brakes are decent even though the rears are drum brakes, and the 5 speed manual gearbox is smooth and cooperative.
My Montego has been very reliable. The Montego was one of the first cars to have an electric choke, which I understand was the cause of a lot of the breakdowns. This had been removed from my car by the previous owner. There have only been 2 breakdowns, the carb needle got stuck, and a burst cooling pipe, both of which were easily repaired by the breakdown service chap.
With the numbers of this seemingly unloved model dwindling (there are only 9 2.0 SLX left in the UK), they are just starting to go up in value. If you want a fun British built car that could be a good investment, I would recommend a Montego.
Good fuel economy.
Bullet proof O series.
Spacious saloon, even more so estate.
Starting to appreciate in value.
Soft suspension/comical handling.
Parts just starting to get a little difficult to find.
Summary: Excellent car if you can find a low milage garaged one.