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I bought one of these in 2005 as I needed to switch to an automatic due to some spinal problems. I wasn't particularly after a Rover just any automatic I could get about in. Mine was advertised on an auction site with no V5, tax or MOT and for some crazy reason I thought it would be a great idea to bid up to £1000 for it without having ever seen it! My partner can fix all things on a car except the automatic gearbox so I just went for it against his advice. It's a V reg. When the car was delivered it looked fine (no rust etc) and the guy drove it in so I knew it at least drove! I actually ended up paying £900 for it which I know isn't a huge amount for a car, especially not an automatic, but I don't like to spend much on cars anyway. I eagerly awaited my partner's return home so he could have a look. He did some mechanic sounds while he looked it over, some "hmmms" and "ahhs" and then said it seemed ok but lets take it for a drive. It drove perfectly. I was stunned it hadn't all gone wrong! So I taxed it, MOTed it (no work needed) and sent off for the V5. Changed my insurance over and was good to go. I love this car, the seats are comfotable and it drives really well. It's not got a huge engine so is reasonable on petrol and all was well. I had 2 years with it needing no work, not even brake pads, flying through the MOTs with no hassles and I replaced a couple of tyres only. Very helpful! Last year I was out in the winter, it had been raining heavily and we live in a rural area where there are many tiny roads that only allow one car to pass. I was on one of these roads when I met a woman in a 4x4 who seemed to think it would be best if I pulled onto the muddy, wet verge instead of her (we have loads of 4 wheel drives round here and many of the drivers seem to think this is the case). I put one set of wheels on the verge, she reluctantly did the same and passed me. When I tried to return to the road however I found my wheels were stuck in the mud. I used a bit more acceleration and lurched back onto the road. I thought that was it until I heard the noise. A constant whirring noise had started, quite loud and obviously noticeable outside of the car as I received some funny looks on the way home. I asked my partner to have a look and he uttered those dreaded words everyone with an automatic car fears..."it's the gearbox". So I'd had a couple of years with no problems and now the most expensive problem had happened. We have a garage about 30 miles away who specialise in automatics so after a chat with them I was advised to have it taken by trailer in case the damage was made worse by driving. They explained the noise sounded like a bearing and my car had 2 that it could be with the symptoms. The primary bearing which would mean a reconditioned gearbox would be cheaper or the secondary bearing which could be fixed in situ so would cost less. They had my car for a few days before they told me it was the secondary bearing and it would cost about £300 and did I also want them to change the exhaust and brake pads while they had it? No!!! So they fixed it and it cost me £242 incl VAT which felt like alot but wasn't really when you consider the 2 years with no expense. I've since had an exhaust and brake pads fitted too, no charge for those as my partner also manages a parts business. But (touch wood) no further problems. I love this car and hope to keep it for a while yet, I have a friend who hates my car but he drives a ferrari in the summer and a porsche in the winter so what do you expect?! It's comfortable, reliable, I get around 30-35 to the gallon as long as I drive and not my partner! It's easy to park, hasn't had many problems and nowadays you can pick up a reconditioned gearbox for about £600 possibly less if you shop around so it's more affordable to fix now if the gearbox dies. It's my favourite car out of all the ones I've had and I've had a few. I recommend these cars.
I bought a 1998 rover 200 sli. It was automatic and stunning it had sports alloys and metallic blue paint.I paid 2000 and part ex'd a vauxhall caviller. The car ran fine for a year then the problems started... The first thing to go was the gear box. I noticed a whirring noise when i drove and asked my dad to check it over. He told me straight away it was the gear box. So i set out to have it repaired but had to ring around 30...yes 30 different garages to finally find a specialist to fix it as it was automatic. The job cost 355 to repair. I thought all was well and was quite happy after that. (that was september of 2006) in the november the next month i had the brake pipes done which cost 150 pound. Then in the same i had the rear windscreen wiper fixed as the motor had gone. Then in the december of 2006 i noticed the coolant was going down very quickly and took it to a garage to be told it was the head gaskett. I had it fixed which cost 470 pound. I thought after that surely that was all that could go wrong....Nope in the feburary of 2007 i open my bonnet to find the coolant dry.I took it straight back to the same garage where i had my head gaskett done to find it was the head gaskett again. So in it went and was done again thankfully i just paid 40 pound for the gaskett kit. After that in april of 2007 the engine just cut out as i was coming on to a big rounabout i had it checked and it was the distributor coil so i ahd it fixed but again every now and again the engine cut out so i had to face facts i had paid 2000 for the car but well over 3500 in fixture ROVER 200 ARE AN EXPENSIVE MISTAKE!!!!
i own a 1999 rover 214si. i baught it in november only 2 things have gone wrong so far. which are the fan belt and the battery. i have just fitted a K&N inducton kit and know it's fast and sounds better.
I got my 1999 T-Reg Rover 200 (214sei 8v) about three months ago. I brought it privately for £1000, then paid another £200 for a service, cam-belt change and to fix a gearbox oil leak (I knew it needed this from the service history and negotiated it into the price). So far it is the best £1200 I have ever spent. The car was in mint condition (other than mentioned above) with just a few small scratches to the bodywork etc. The car has done 46,000 miles which is low for the age and any modern-ish car. I can safely say that the car, whilst not a patch on a generation-younger cars such as the Focus, is excellent. It never misses a beat, doesnt moan on cold mornings is cheap to insure (after all who wants to steal a Rover?!) and is relatively cheap to run. I, rather sadly I admit, run an ongoing spreadsheet which calculates the mpg of both my cars (I also own a Vauxhall Corsa). It manages around 35-40mpg combined (the Corsa manages 45-55mpg combined). However it does become thirsty if driven solely around town. With regards to internal space there is plenty; certainly more than inside the Corsa. Rover marketed this as a supermini but in reality it is more of a family hatchback. The boot is not as big as say a Focus or an Astra but the rear passenger room, often referred to as small and cramped in official reviews, is nearly the same. My only issues with this car is that it has no back speakers so making it useless if you are carrying passengers (I think this is model dependant so check if your buying one). Also the remote central locking is a waste of time as it only works about a metre away from the car (I have replaced the batteries and ensured that the sensors are clean). In addition I find that the biting point on the clutch is very high and tires the calf muscles out, especially around town, after a while. There has been a lot written about the unreliability of these cars, especially the 100% Rover versions after the Honda break-up, but all in all they are no more unreliable than other cars developed in this generation. The cylinder-head gasket is the main documented problem. This is due to the fact that cooling system used is rather unique and if the coolant levels become low then it can blow. All I will say is that if you look after the engine then it should be fine. Simple steps such as checking the coolant levels and checking in the oil reservoir for any mayonnaise will see you okay (if you find any mayo, take the car to your nearest garage it means your oil is mixing with the water / coolant and may hasten the head gasket bowing!). However, the engine is a K-Series engine which is in itself extremely reliable. Indeed a highly tuned version has even been used in some Lotus Elises! Some people are also scared off because Rover have gone into administration. There is no need to panic as I have been informed that there are enough parts to last between five and seven years and that, as the parts were made independently of Rover, they are actually still being made. Add to that the hundreds of old Rovers at the local scrap yard and there really isnt a problem. It is also rumoured that the Chinese have purchased the copyright to the K-Series engine (and the Rover name) so that they can commence production of their own versions of Rover / MGs. Time will tell on that one. The other reason people dont tend to buy them is that they are stereotypically driven by the older generation. However, this means that with careful checking there are plenty of well maintained cars around for what really are bargain basement prices. So, all in all, dont be put off by reliability or image concerns. Rovers have done most of their depreciating, are more reliable than the stigma they carry suggests and are some of the best cars on the market for the money. At the end of the day, what car that you buy for the prices theyre sold for on forecourts (either nearly new or old) wont have reliability issues or image constraints? Dont be put off.
I've currently owned my 1997 214si since May this year after buying it for only £800 from my girlfriends mum, Bev. Let me start by dispelling a fear that Rover parts will no longer be available as Rover have stopped production - to the best of my knowledge Rover made the cars themselves and another company made the spare parts, I have been told that parts and labour are guaranteed for 12 years. Anyway, on with the car. As will all things there are 2 sides to a story, a good side and a bad side (normally), in this case the bad side for a first time owner is the insurance tag. Being a newer hatchback model it is insurance group 7, which is a bit of a stinger in comparison with something like a corsa at insurance group 1 or 2. I'm 18 years old with no years no claims, and I'm currently paying £1350 third party fire and theft. If I didn't have Pass Plus this would have been about £2100. The upside to all this is the reason why it has a high insurance group for a small engine...the power. Obviously I had travelled in the car before I owned it as a passenger and Bev treated it... gently I suppose is the appropriate word, so when I first got behind the wheel and put my foot down i was amazed at the throttle response and acceleration. Since then I have become more interested in engines and I can honestly say I have not managed to find another car with a 1.4 engine that accelerates faster than the 214si based on figures (0-60 times, power outputs etc). The models I have looked through are as follows, saxo, 106, 206, 306, punto, fiesta, corsa, astra, clio, megane and others, if I'm wrong feel free to correct me. The drive itself is a very comfortable one with a good adjustable driving position and there is plenty of room all around the car for passengers too. The car has enough mod-con's to keep the driver happy aswell, including electric windows, electric sunroof, heated rear screen etc. The only things I would say it has missing are air-con and heated mirrors, but I manage fine without them. I find the car to be quite good in the economy department as well. At the minute I am commuting to University from home, which is a round trip of about 130 miles and if I stick to 70mph on the motorway I can do this trip for £10. I have heard a lot of people speaking of problems with the k-series engine, things like, "they always blow up" but can honestly say I drive the car hard and have had no problems what so ever with it. In fact the only problem I've had with reliability is a couple of days ago one of my tail lights blew, so I just need to fit the replacement - easy. If I was to nit-pick there would be 2 things about the car I would change, firstly, the interior, the good old Rover "wooden" look... I hate it. Everything about the interior is fine except for those little strips of wooden effect plastic, which I soon got rid of by colour-coding the whole interior in black and electric-blue. Now I think it looks great, others may disagree. The second thing would be the suspension, under normal everyday driving circumstances there's no problem, but when drivin hard and quick around corners it seems a bit soft and the body has quite a bit of roll, but it's not unbearable and the handling is still good. All in all the car is a great runner and fantastic for a first time car, even if the insurance is a little OTT for someone on a student budget. My advice to anyone would be if you want a good all-rounder and can afford the insurance then buy one of these cars, they're great.
Anyone thinking of buying a Rover 214, DON`T BOTHER! Their a waste of money and are bottomless money pitts. I`ve owned 2 Rover 214`s and they were both the same. Every fault the cars have turn out to be common Faults on Rover`s and nearly every mechanic i`ve spoke to has told me to sell the car. No wonder theres so many of these sheds in the scrapyard, the best thing to do with them is burn the poxy lot of them!
A CAR, AT LONG LAST A CAR OF MY VERY OWN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, that was my reaction 2 weeks into November last year when I bought my first car, only a couple of days before I booked my driving test. When I was looking for a car, there were a few things I wanted in it. Firstly was something with a low insurance group, I am only 18, and insurance is a killer as it stands, so adding to that wouldn?t be a smart thing to do. Secondly, it had to be in decent condition both engine wise and bodywork wise, I didn?t want to have to pay out too much too soon (as you can guess, I am on a lousy wage at work, and am a bit of a cheapskate lol). Then there was the fact that I cannot for the life of me stand ?scallies? so something like a nova, or an xr2i etc, were all well out of the picture, apart from being tacky cars, I just refuse to associate myself with a boy racers car. I did however want something that would be capable of motorway work without too much fuss, and big enough to carry bikes, fishing gear aswell as camping equipment. So, as you can see, considering I had a budget of roughly £1000, the decision was not easy, although when my mum got her new rover 214, I must admit, I pretty much set my sights on one, for what I wanted it had loads of room, was comfortable, is only a group 5 on the insurance, and had a 1.4 injection engine, so it had the power to cope with the size. I first found the car I have now bought on auto trader, a site I certainly recommend, the search options really go into a lot of detail as to finding the car you want, which is great stuff for lazy internet surfers like me, so anyway, before I get this review barred for advertising a website lol, that?s enough of that. I was told that it was only 12 miles away from my home, so I got my mum to take me up to have a look, everything was in tip top condition on the car, it was absolutely immaculate, except for 2 very small scratches on the top of the boot, everything else wa s fine, the engine itself was and still is extremely clean, and the thing that capped it for me in fairness, what that it?s a year older than my mums, and it has central locking, whereas her doesn?t hehehe, she wasn?t amused. The car itself is an L reg, although on record it?s a late 1994 model, so it isn?t far from being an M reg. It is navy blue, and currently has 74 000 miles on the clock. I have driven it since January, but in fairness there was a great big escapade about getting it taxed because it was registered by the tax board as a disabled persons car, and I had to get all the details changed over, because I am not disabled, and therefore cannot claim free road tax, which I must say is a dam shame lol. The car itself is due to be serviced, and once that is done then I should get roughly 35-40 to the gallon, as it stands I am getting roughly 32, not a great deal difference I know, but bearing in mind the car has been serviced pretty much dead on every 6000 miles in its life, I wish to take care of it and make sure I get a lot more miles out of it yet. It is going to be carrying me to Alton Towers within the next couple of weeks, so I want it to be in good condition. And ready to go. Overall I must say I have definitely fell in love with the car itself, there is a lack of power steering, and after learning in a brand new Vauxhall Astra with all the mod cons you can think of, this itself was difficult to get used to, as was the exceptionally high bite point with the clutch, but overall, now I am used to the car, I cannot grumble one bit, I have been into Wales mountain biking, aswell as on and off the motorway pretty regularly, and it handles 70mph perfectly happily. I read one review that said the car doesn?t have a particularly high top speed, fair enough it won?t do mega speeds that most sports cars will, but I know from experience it will do 100 with more to give in the engine, in fairness, that?s the one boy racer thing I have done in it, I took it on the motorway one night just to have a go and see what speed I could get out of it, but at the end of the day, the speed limit is 70 anyways, so why do you need a car that will do 200 mph? Although yes it would be nice lol. I have not modified the car in any way or form, with the exception of putting a CD player in it, and even that is a basic CD player, no disc changers or anything out of the ordinary, because cassettes were sending me around the bend, I have also added some Simpson?s stuff, namely rubber car mats (easy to hose down after being out riding in the mud etc), and of course, fluffy dice and a nodding dog, were absolute necessities. Anyways, as a first car, I definitely recommend this one, it?s a very reliable, and comfortable to drive car, although in fairness power steering is something I still dream of, it?s pretty economical, especially on a motorway run, and is perfectly comfortable with both motorway or town driving. I would go as far to say that if you are looking at getting a decent car at a decent price then you should seriously consider one of these, I paid 940 for mine, with no tax but 12 months MOT, and it hasn?t let me down yet (touch wood). My aim is to still have this car and 2 years no claims when I am 20, at which point if I wouldn?t mind one of the new Vauxhall Astras, although that?s a while away yet. Thanks for reading my op, it?s been ages since I have written one, so go easy one me lol. Catch you later Bill and Ted ;)
I have owned a Rover 214Si (new shape hatchback 200 series 1996 N reg) for one year now after buying it for a mere £1800 in 2002 including Power Steering, airbag and electric Sunroof. The car itself is a fairly solid and reliable car. Although when compared to other cars of similar type, such as Fiestas or Polos it is slightly more expensive to repair serious faults, if you take the time to buy a haynes manual on the rover 200 series you can maintain the car easily and avoid any of the common problems that tend to occur with the 200 series and in particular the 214Si. On the outside, the shape of the car makes it look quite sporty and attractive. The exterior appearance can be further improved by a nice set of alloy wheels, which really do make the car look worth more than it actually is. The Interior is in my opinion is of an excellent quality particularly when compared with cars of a similar price and type. Although the center console is fairly plain and basic and easy to use, it is unusually attractive and gives the impression that any other design would be tacky. The steering wheel is of good size and the seating position in the car is quite good, offering good visability despite the curves of the car imparing the views to the front sides. At 6ft 3" I find that the most comfortable position for me needs the seat to be pushed all the way back. But surprisingly the leg space in the rear is still generous and there is comfortable room for 5 adults. The boot space is excellent with more than enough room for a few suitcases and sports bags. The engine is a fairly nippy and when i first put it in 3rd and pressed on the revs i was impressed as it carries a good take off for a 1.4L. I normally find myself getting around 280miles on a full tank. This is on a combination of motorway and in-town driving. When i bought the car, there were some minor blemishes on the paintwork. The interior fan for the heater did nt work until rotated to '3' or '4'. This was an electrical problem, which seemed to have came as a result of the wrong fuses being used in the interior fuse box. The only other problem when it was bought was the rear washers did not work. So i immediatlyu bought a haynes manual and took and sundy to try and problem solve. The great thing about this car for me as soeone who hasnt had much experience in car mechanics is that it is fairly easy to maintain. After only 20 mins of checking te car i found that the rear washer tubing had burst at the junction underneath the rubber cases linking the body with the rear door. I discovered to my surprise that Rover were using a copper tube at this particular point in the piping, which had enevitably pierced through the thin rubber tubing that was attached to either end of it. I simply used some fuel cable that snuggly fitted round the main piping as a quick solution and it works and has continued to work for over 9 months now. My only worry is that there are other cost cutting measures within the design of the rover but so far none have came to my attention. All in all the car is ideal for a new driver as well as a family car or a business car. With good fuel costs and low insurance. A good second hand 214Si is relativly cheap to get a hold of and it doesnt cost much to ake it look worth alot more.
I may be in the wrong Rover car page as mine is a Rover 214 sli. Please forgive me. Because I'm a woman, I tend to look at the nice parts of a car. Not the engine. But, I will try and give you my honest opinion on the Rover. ****************THE BODY********************** As my car is a K reg it's pretty elderly, but as far as the bodywork is concerned, it's in great condition. No major rusting. *******************FEATURES*********************** Power steering. Electric windows. Central locking. Very comfortable interior, very roomy. Lovely walnut trimmings on the dashboard and the doors. The boot is really big, great for supermarket shopping/all those carrier bags. *********************MPG************************** On a steady run of about 50 mph. I usually get about 40 miles per gallon. Pretty good eh. But on short journeys I use a lot more petrol. ********************PERFORMANCE******************** I think it's called performance, It goes fast and is easy to handle, fairly smooth to ride in. ********************REPAIRS************************ Service and repairs at Rover dealers are very expensive. ****************UNDER THE BONNET******************** As we know the engine block is the foundation of the engine and almost all of the engine parts are to do with the block. 1. Cylinder bores for the pistons 2.Water passages for cooling the cylinders 3.Oil passages for reducing friction,heat and wear of the engine parts. 4. Mounting surfaces for the camshaft,crankshaft,cylinder head,transmission,engine mounts and other things. Mine broke, cracked right through. Very expensive. *****************MORE BAD NEWS******************** Premature clutch wear Noisy gearbox Cooling system leaks Cracked cylinder head Exhaust goes quick Another problem is a leaking gearbox s haft oil seal, then you get oil leaks and a slipping clutch. This leads to a worn out gearbox because of excessive movements on the seal. It is very hard to get a second hand gearbox. Because of the low cooling capacity and small leaks you get overheating. *****************THE CONCLUSION*************** YES I've had a whole new engine put in (expensive) YES I'm now paying out for things that are going wrong with my new engine. (expensive) So Why? I hear you say don't I buy another car and get rid of this one. Because, I'm still paying for my new engine. (What a fool i've been) Well you live and learn
This was a bad buy, but I hope other people can learn from my mistakes. I bought the car from a friend who was emigrating, so you could say I could have seen it coming! What I got was a car that looked like a bargain, and would have been had I had the car towed to a garage and had a new cambelt fitted. I always have this done to a new purchase, unless it can be proven that one had been fitted recently. Basically, I bought the car - a 1992 214Si three-door, with 92,000 on the clock - in September 2000 for a bargain £750. I then drove it 20 miles and the cambelt snapped. The resultant engine work - all 16 valves were bent, and two had become embedded in the cylinder head - cost another £750, but in return I had a reliable car with a very sweet K-series engine. These Rover 200s and 400s really do seem a cut above the Escorts and Astras of this world. Even my car - the base model - had chrome kickplates, chrome highlights on the column stalks, and walnut trim on the dashboard. Inside, there's a deceptive amount of room. And, as it was built in collaboration with Honda, you get light controls and nice touches such as a remote boot and fuel filler flap release. The K-series is often lauded in the press, and rightly so - it is a smooth powerplant with deceptive power for a 1.4 litre (95bhp in my car, 103bhp in later models) and good economy, if a touch vocal at times. The gearchange was light and precise, the brakes good, but the steering heavy as my car was, like most pre-1993 1.4s, without power steering. I pumped up the front tyres a couple of psi over the recommended level to lighten it a bit. In terms of condition, these cars wear really well. As I said, this car had not been particularly well looked-after for a number of years, and yet the interior looked like new. Outside there were a couple of small dents and some rust bubbles on the leading edge of the bonnet and one wheelarch, but that was it. The central locking d idn't work properly on the passenger side but that was all that was wrong. Mind you, there were no other electrical features on the car! After two months I decided to buy a nearly-new car and so sold it locally for £1,000. It was quite difficult to sell being a three-door so I would only recommend buying such a car if cheap, or a sporting model. For ultimate reliability I understand the Honda-engined 1.6 is the one to have.
I have owned my Rover 214Si for 3 years now, and I bought it from a Used Rover approved scheme. It was 2 Years old with only 24000 miles on the clock. It is one of the first of the new shape models (1996 N Reg), which might account for the problems that have occurred on this car. Over the years, I have enjoyed its performance, as it is one of the fastest 1.4 litre cars I have tried. The handling is sound and the ride comfort is good. It can easily mix it up with the motorway mob. The interior space upfront is good, but being a taller driver, the front seats are set quite far back, so rear seat leg space is very tight. Boot space is good, and can swallow 2 large suitcases and various squashable bags. The main controls are easily accessible, and the interior (in my opinion) looks more classy than other 5 year old supermini's. I think that the car looks quite sporty (in 3 door format), sitting on its alloys and low profile tyres. This combination of interior ambience, and sporty looks + performance lead me to buy this car when the alternatives at the time where the Ford Fiesta, and Peugeot 106. However, if you are considering buying a new shape Rover 200, I can point out the negative points of Rover ownership. First of all, servicing costs are quite high. The reliability could be better; I have had 2 new head gaskets, and new water pump in 3 years. Consumables like tyres (16,000 miles per front set), brake pads (first new set since i bought the car) and exhausts are par for the course. Fuel Economy is good, with light driving giving making 32 litres last 280 miles, but usually giving 230 miles on 32 litres (thats the amount I can cram in from the red part of the fuel gauge) There have been some small niggling faults like the interior rattles, the bonnet release being temperamental, rust appearing under the kickplate on door sills and passenger window seal not fully sealing the window! Overall, the car has been good, but I feel that if the build quality was slightly better, the ownership experience would be a lot better. Verdict: Good, but must do better.
I've owned or driven a number of small cars like the Renault Clio, Peugoet 306, Nova and Metro. My present car is a Rover 200 1.4 16v 3 door, and I've found this my favority by far. Unlike the other cars, it doesn't feel like a small car. It has a nice dash and interior which make it good for long journeys. It has good acceleration for such a small engine, much better than a 1.4 306. I would recommend buying one with all the features like sunroof, remote locking, alloys etc. My car even has aircon fitted as well as a sunroof, which is useful in the summer. However, if I had to choose, a sunroof is preferable as it gives more light into the car. The sterio is adequate, however I have since upgraded to a MD player which is a great improvement. My only criticism would be that my car is prone to interior damp, the source of which I have not yet found. This has caused the clock display to become faulty. Other than this, I have not yet had any mechanical problems.
I drive one of these and i think it is a very good car. Have a N reg 214SEi......alloy wheels......half leather interior.....and cheap......both to buy and insure.........would reccomend to anyone!!! I am a woman so people may not think i know alot about cars...which i suppose i don't really....but i know that my car never breaks down......is comfortable...and can fit my pushchair and other baby items all in!! I also know my car never gets left at the traffic lights by boy racers in rusty novas and escorts!!!
The Rover 214SEi is my second car, the first being a D Reg Polo 1043cc. Obviously given the power differential, the Rover 214 does have extra zoom in the tank, capable of 60 in about 10-12 seconds. The top speed thatI have pulled is 120mph (ssh!), and there felt like there was a little left. The build quality doesnt appear to be as good as the Polo, it does have a cheap feel to it, although cosmetically it is nicer due to the younger age. It does have nice parts, especially the Chrome ROVER badges under the front doors. I would certainly consider getting another Rover in the future, although I would favour VW as a manufacturer.
The Rover 200 was around from 1989 to 2000. The first Rover was absolutely fantastic. The car was well equipped and was very large – able to seat five adults and have room for luggage as well. The engines ranged from the 1.4 petrol to the 2.0 petrol with a 1.8 diesel. The fuel economy from even the 2.0 petrol was 35 mpg and it was still able to reach 134mph. The car was excellent, and based on the K-series, now an award winning engine in all of the Rovers available today. The second Rover 200 was a lot smaller but still had the K-series engines. One of the problems with it was the lack of rear seat spacing, which has now been corrected in the 25. In its day, this was the greatest car in my opinion.