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My current car is a Corsa but before that I had the rover 111, it was brought for me by my lovely girlfriend for xmas and was one of the best cars i have owned. As I loved the car so much I thought I would review it.
The interior is quite plain but pleasant and is smart enough to not become outdated anytime soon. Although the car is small i found it quite spacious.
The rover 111 is shaped like the old metro but with smoother, more rounded styling and the exterior is all colour coded. I am only 5'3" so have to be careful when buying a car as i have had trouble in the past with reaching the pedals in some cars but for a shorter person the rover 111 is ideal.
As for speed, it is not the fastest of cars but i have managed to drive down the mototrway reaching 90mph no problem and have even beaten a ford focus off the traffic lights so it cannot be all that bad. It may not have the boy racer appeal but for an everyday car it is perfect.
It is very economical. I drove it everyday to and from work and in two weeks, doing about four miles a day, I only had to put £10 of petrol in it.
The car has an immobiliser as standard, which if anyone breaks in and opens the door, sounds an alarm. The only thing that annoyed me about this is that even if you do not switch it on, as soon as you turn the engine off and get out and shut the door, it arms itself. I have been known in the past to shut my keys in the car and then when i have opened the door to pick them up the alarm has gone off, embarrassingly!
I have found it to be a very reliable car and it always started first time. Insurance is cheap too which is another bonus. I only paid £200 for mine which was third party fire and theft with no claims protection, breakdown cover and legal insurance but obviously this will vary depending on your age, how long you have been driving and where you choose to get your insurance from.
All in all this is, in my opinion, a good little car for those who just want a reliable everyday car but if you are a boy racer looking for something with speed that can be suped up and modded then you wont get it here.
The only reason I sold this car was because, at the time, I needed the money otherwise I would still have it now and I do actually miss it at times.
This car is soooo cute!! I want to give it a big hug and tell it I love it every time I see its cute little face looking at me! (It has been scientifically proven that telling your car you love it stops in getting poorly. Cars have feelings too!) This is my first car, after constantly driving my mum's my parents bought me one! Wah-hoo!! Although I was used to the bigger and posher 200, I didn't find it really horrible to drive. The interior is pleasant (medium grey with a small pattern on the seats and doors), considering it's not a top-of-the-range model, and I'd personally rather have a plain interior than a super-funky brightly coloured one that only looks good while its brand new, as dirt and bright yellow don't match and, if you manage to keep it clean for any length of time, it'll go out of fashion quicker than shell suits. I also love my car's colour; electric blue, which is fun but not silly. So on looks, OK, it's not "Wow!" because the basic body shape remains almost unchanged from the days of the Metro, but Rover have updated the 'nose' and it's really cute- the little headlights are a lovely shape and the trademark Rover grill is in a nice oval shape, to give it a little face that says "drive me!" Ok, so the shape is almost the same as the Metro but I don't think it looks outdated, like the interior it might not be super fashionable, but it's not going to look daft in a year's time. And no, 100s are not technically the same as the older Metros as they have a completely new engine, the K series, different versions of which were used in many models built at the time (the 200 uses the same engine, just a bigger version obviously) On driveability, well, I'm nearly 5'8" and I don't find it uncomfortable, but maybe a taller person would find themselves a bit squashed! But I don't think you could fault it next to any small car,
obviously if you're 7'6" then this isn't the car for you, but neither's the 106 or the Saxo or the Ka. I find it really easy to drive- everything works how you expect it to, which helps! I've driven it up windy roads on big steep hills and it's ben fine, yes, you have to change gear lots but you do with any car, having driven a 1.4 up similar hills I can't say it was significantly easier. It might only be a 1.1 but it's tiny-ness means it's lightweight, and it coped perfectly well with Mow Cop (a big hill in the Potteries). The clutch feels pretty 'sturdy' (as opposed to 'wispy'like the Saxo...I was scared just the bite wasn't going to be enough to keep me still when I drove one of them!) when doing hill starts, and you can confidently do that kind of thing without having to do all the "handbrake......gas.....bite" malarkey they make you do on your driving test! Also, on spaciousness, I filled it with about half my stuff when packing for uni, and that was throwing things in in bin liners! If I'd done it properly, and folded all the seats down and stuff, I could have probably got most, if not all of my stuff in. And believe me, I have a lot of shoes! Also, despite being full of quite a lot of gubbins, it still "performed" pretty well, okay so I didn't reach top speeds due to it being a Saturday afternoon on the M62, I probably didn't get past 60 mph due to the traffic, but it didn't struggle to get up to 50-60. Although even when driven "empty" (apart from me, obviously!) the acceleration isn't super fast, but unless you're in F1 that really isn't necessary, is it? Unless you actually enjoy collecting points on your licence and writing cheques for £60. Yes, fast cars are exciting but unless you happend to live next door to Brands Hatch they aren't really very practical. But when it's going, it's going and the naughty li
ttle thing even sneakily got up to 90 mph from 70 (I was on a motorway so I wasn't just speeding!!) in about 2 seconds when I wasn't looking!! Yes, it might not be the ideal car for a boy racer (even with a giant silver exhaust pipe, alloys, a spoiler, and a sticker saying "Kenwood" or "on a Mission" in the back window!!), it certainly is a tough little car, and I'm not scared to drive it!! Economically, this car is perfect. I averaged 42.49 mpg on a combination of little 'round the town' journeys and a couple of bigger ones, though not even proper big, like on motorways, just 20 miles or so. I get about 48 MPG on long, motorway type journeys. So in terms of fuel consumption, I doubt many conventional petrol engines could beat it. So it's kind on your bank balance as well as being relatively kind to the environment. Someone dispted the fuel economy: well, the manual states you get 40 MPG in "simulated urban driving" but I calculated I got over 48 on a long journey. I'm not saying this is the most economical car ever, but for a petrol engine 48 is pretty good, and that was going pretty fast too, it 60-70 mph rather than 50-60, the "optimum speed" for fuel economy being 56. One small fault I would point out is the suspension; as the newer 100s (and the Rover, as opposed to Austin, Metros) have a fluid suspension, it needs 'topping up' every few years (mines a '95 and I just had it done). I don't think it's extortionately expensive to have done though, so if you've got one thats a few years old I'd get it checked out, as, if you leave it too long it can cause excessive and uneven wear on the front tyres. But after I'd had it done I noticed it was smoother and bouncier to drive! The fluid suspension is apparently better than a conventional one as when the front wheels hit a pothole, the fluid "transmits" the bump to the rear wheels so it kind
of floats on top, and bounces over the hole! It does feel nice and bouncy! Other faults? Well, they do have a reputation for rusting in comparison to the super- galvanised rust proof Volvos. Yes, I have had a few little rust spots showing on the rear wheel arches which is a bit of a pain, and it broke my heart to see it after my Dad had taken his electric sander to it! Becasue of this its probably better to go for normal, plain paint rather than metallic or pearlescent as it's a million times easier to match up. You can hardly tell mines been done now, only if you get really close and get a torch and a magnifying glass can you see it's been resprayed. To anyone who's thinking that it's really put them off, well a few rust spots every other winter isn't really a major disaster, it's a nusciance, yes, but if you had your heart set on one don't let it put you off! My car is now 7 years old and this is the first time the rust has been done, so if you're going for a newer one then it'll be a few years before you have to go to Halfords to buy spray paint! The newer & more expensive models might have better rust proofing on the rear wings too. On security, there's an imobiliser and a very noisy alarm (as standard, which is good), so if anyone does try to nick it, it puts up a pretty good fight! The imobiliser also switches itself on if you switch the engine off and then open and shut the door, so even if you forget to switch the alarm on it's imobilised, which is good. OK, maybe none of this would stop a very determined criminal but it will (hopefully) stop someone walking past and thinking "oooh, that's nice, I want it!" like if you left it unlocked by mistake, or it would at least slow them down. While we're on the subject, insurance. I'd imagine for a driver with a few years no-claims this would be one of the the cheapest cars to insure, obviously being a 1.1i it's not go
t the boy racer appeal of a Cosworth or anything with the letters "GTi" on the boot. Obviously it's also not considered particularly desirable by theives so that keeps the insurance low. Though ! only have 1 year no claims bonus (the 1 year I was a "named driver" on my mum's policy for her 200 doesn't count because apparently we could just put my name on to build up my NCB, according to the lady in the insurance office. Er, yeah, we'd just make the insurance increase 300% or something ridiculous, and I'd never actually drive the thing.) So obviously whatever car I drive I have to pay lots of insurance because they like to make money. The 100 might not have a great image, but anyone who laughs at it is a snob and should drive a BMW (ironically, of course,Rover and BMW are now the same company but BMW's are about 3 times as expensive as Rovers because of the 'status'.) For a car of its size it performs well, and is sensible, but not boring. It doesn't constantly have to go "look at me! I'm brilliant!" because it knows it is (but without being up it's own exhaust pipe, if you know what I mean!, and if you've got one go and give it a big hug and tell it you love it now! This is a car that can have fun, but isn't silly about it. I haven't got a name for it (although my Mum called it "Baby Rover" because she has a 214 and my Dad has a Rover Montego Estate for work, so when I first got it and they were all parked together on the drive they looked like a little Rover-family. Awwww, bless!) So if anyone can think of a name for it, please let me know!! NB The boxes below are ratings compared to a SMALL car with a SMALL engine, the accelaration is good compared to similar cars but obviously not when compared to an F1 racing car. So don't post comments saying "I've got a Sierra Cossie 2L and it goes faster" 'cos I think that can be
assumed! Plus my annual mileage is around 7-8000, as for some reason the box only give it in KMs. I'd also like to add (as a kind of disclaimer) for anyone disputing anything that this is MY OPINION of MY CAR. I have driven a '94 Rover Metro (ie the earlier model) and I found it very different to drive, it seemed quite sluggish and the accelerator wasn't very "responsive", also the clutch seemed strange as it had a lower bite. And obviously cars are like people, they're all different!! I also feel I should add here a response to the comments kfingleton has made in the "comments" section. Firstly, no it isn't as safe as brand new cars. Secondly, the 100 actually got 1 star in the NCAP tests, still crap I admit but I suggest kfingleton gets his facts (he claims are "written in stone"-?!?) right, as there is a difference between none and one! The Fiat Seicento actually only got 1 star too, and the BMW 3 series only got 2 stars, as I visited the NCAP website to check out the facts. It actually did (slightly) better for pedestrian safety than the Corsa, the Clio, the Fiesta, the Ka and the Punto (and I'd rather kill myself than a pedestrian if I'm going to be brutally honest). So I admit it's not as safe as brand new cars, but I think it is something you have to accept with older cars, if you're buying a brand new car then obviously you want something that's considered safe. But don't get complacent because your car has a 5 star rating- drive it like it's made from marshmallows or something. 5 stars does not make you immortal. Safety features can only help so much. Also, kfingleton's calim that they're "unreliable"- my (much older) cousin had a Metro that he learnt to drive in, I think it's an X reg so it's pretty old! But my uncle still has it and keeps it in the garage as a spare as he has 2 landrovers, both of which my aunt refuses to dri
ve and he likes to take to pieces every now and again, for fun. The point is although it only gets driven once in a while it still works. My mum also had a Metro when I was little and would have kept it forever, as she trusted it to work whenever she got in it! She had for a long time, the only problem she ever had was a flat battery one winter. And of course, the basic engine means that when things do go wrong, they're easily put right and if you 're "technically minded" you can do it yourself! Really basic maintenance things like oil changes and fitting new brake pads are simple too, anything like that I just go home for a weekend and me and my Dad do it ourselves (well, he does the messy stuff!) on the front drive, with ordinary tools. Phew, I think I'm done.