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      03.01.2010 23:35

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      avoid the petrol just in case , enjoy the diesel for comfortable relaxed economy

      Hi , this reveiw is my personal opinion , sorry if you don't like what you hear !
      Ok , well where do i begin? well i suppose a good starting place would be the good points , the drive is very nice , the comfort and road manners , economy too is good with surprising performance if revved, not an ugly car .
      If you really like the rover and must have one then my advice is go for the diesel, it may be a little noisey but the performance and economy are fantastic.
      It seems there is alot of debate about reliability issues with the petrol models , the K series engine.
      The reason for this is the bolts holding the cylinder heads on and NOT the dowels that were upgraded from plastic to metal on the later ones, this did not cure the problem. The bolts are too long they stretch and when they do the head gasket integrity is lost. Not much you can do about this and surely if you buy a rover petrol K series its not a question of if the head gasket goes but when.
      I have only recently advised my nephews girlfriend not to buy a rover , but she did ! Anyway needless to say the head gasket has now gone, and finding a repairer that will guarantee this repair proved difficult. She now has a different car !
      I have also run a 45 diesel and found it to be a lovely car , i hope this helps in your decision. Thank you for reading my reveiw .

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      27.10.2009 19:49
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      A decent reliable car. Comfy for both commuter and long distance driving.

      My third and favourite car. I owned this car second hand and drove it from 40000 to 85000 miles. I would describe the size of this car as between a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Focus. The version I owned was a 1.4Si which is the model I would recommend as its the only one I have drive. With regard to ease of drive I have only two complaints. I felt the clutch was too high and too springy, sometimes making it difficult to maintain the biting point. I also felt that the car (typical of rovers) sometimes struggled to get in reverse gear some times forcing me to pull it into gear with brute force.
      These were the only issues with the car. I felt it was a nice size inside, quiet enough engine and comfortably driving position. I have driven this car on 400 miles journeys on 10 or more occassions without stopping and havent experienced any aches or pains. Rover also seem to have ridden themselves of the head gasket issues that plagued the two hundred series usually around the 60000 mile mark as I drove this car through that distance with no engine issues. The only major work it ever needed for me was the usual services (brakes, oil) and a clutch replacement. I liked the appearance of the car from the outside and was glad to see it sporting a sun roof. I especially liked the new lights in comparison to the 200 range. On the inside I felt the plastic trimming was a little plasticky but nothing too major.
      Overall this car served me incredibly well on both long distance driving and the dreaded commuter traffic I traversed daily. I would recommend it too anyone.

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      23.05.2003 10:21
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      I have recently bought a x reg rover 25 advantage. The styling is stunning! the front of the car looks very agressive and sporty. The alloy wheels are very eye catching. The interior is very well layed out, and has a quality feel. It could do with a few more pockets for lose change and papers. The over all space is good, there is pletty of leg room in the back. But the seats are a little high, and can get a little cramped for the taller passagers The equipment is goodish, Air con, PAS, Remote central looking, air bag, immobiliser and alarm, BUT NOT ELECTRIC WINDOWS! The engine(1.4 16v) is powerfull enougth to give a fun lively drive even with a full load. It is fast off the mark and with the help of the power steering it handles well. the tyers stick to the road like glue even when wet, which is handy at busy round abouts! As a young driver I highly recommend this car as the preformance and look are very impressive, but at the same time the insurence and tax is reasonable low. I found this site that shows what you can do with rover cars which shows it can be for the young driver, www.mg-rover.org

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        05.06.2001 23:37
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        Rovers 25 are one of the most powerful unit cars around. First of all for a company that was going bust and then came right back in a shooting style to release such a car, was quite an achievement. First impressions are really good as the new design of the bodywork give you a positive look. So when your driving this car around you will defiantly get people heads turning. Well since I've got my car right from the beginning I've been getting stair left, right and front. The interior is lovely as it has a smooth bubble look to the dashboard and seat feel so nice when you sit in. I got the IS version and on a cheap deal as I got the entire extra for nothing. The extra features that I've got which don't come as standard model was heat mirror, ABS, sport interior, rear arm rest, cd player, tweeters, alloy wheels, colour coded spoiler, alarm and electric windows. With these extra feature the car would have cost me 12,495 but I got it for 10,495 as it was registered two month ago and came with zero mileage. The driving experience is really cool; it handles corners like a skater on ice. The hold is really smooth as the sports suspension help in sharp corners. All the vision area i.e. your mirrors are really well placed, there enough room from the rear window to see two lanes. Servicing take place after 15,000 miles and will cost you around 200 pound. You will need to get the car service by a rover-approved mechanic; the reason for this is that you will invalid your three years warranty. There are two type of warrant, which you should watch out for. One is rover warranty and the other is rover approved. Be careful, as some of this company will charge you when you don't need to be. The rover warranty is much better than rover approved, this is because rover approved does not cover allot of thing in the car i.e. car stero. Other than this the car is well priced and recently offering a specia
        l edition models Olympia and impression. Watch out for the MG version, which will be coming out later this year.

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          28.04.2001 05:56
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          The Rover 25 was launched in spring 1995. It was the first car solely designed and built by Rover Group. This car was very exciting because it only had 25% carry over parts from the old Rover 200, so in theory was a brand new concept car. The cost of design through to production of the car was some £500 million. A wonderful car to drive, it fitted in with Rover’s new image of an exciting, forward thinking British company. In 1997 Rover Group decided it was time to give the Rover 25 a facelift. Codenamed Jewel, the design alterations were to be done in conjunction with a design house. The facelift was also done to incorporate new safety features that are required as part of the European New Car Programme. (NCAP). With BMW now owning the company, Rover decided to include twin headlamps as part of the new design in keeping with the BMW image. New bumpers with integral indictor lights and a new tailgate handle were also part of the facelift. To t6he customer these were the only real changes that could be seen, a few trim changes happened but nothing discernable. The main changes that happened were to the body. The doors were strengthened to withstand front impact, and improvements were made to the side door beams. The front end was virtually redesigned to take a new 2.0L engine. The dash was also strengthened for NCAP requirements. Improvements were made to the floor so that Rover 75 doors could be fitted to the Rover 25. (They were better seats) and changes were made to improve the 3-point belt harness in the middle rear seat. Load limiters were fitted to seat belt where an airbag was present to reduce the risk of seat belt damage during a crash. I really love the Rover 25; I find it superb at handling and a real joy to drive. I love the sleek lines and the range of colours available is amazing – my favourite being Alumina Green – a pale metallic green. The Rover 200 is available with
          a range of engine sizes – 1.4 16-valve K series engine up to the sporty 1.8 VVC engine. There is also a 2-litre diesel engine available with a decent 55 miles to the gallon. It is quite spacious inside – surprisingly so really. Boot space is also very good (enough for my little man’s pram and shopping anyway!!) All in all a very good car and with a starting price of around £7995, you are getting a lot of car for your money. Go on test drive one – you never know you might love it!!!!

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            21.02.2001 18:17
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            Launched in early 2000, this revamp of the 200 series retains the good parts of the original - reliable, compact and pleasant to the eye - and adds a new front end that echoes the well-thought 75 face (if not - fortunately - the hideous car within). Very roomy for its class and well finished, this was the first car i took for a test drive (20minutes round less than leafy Croydon). My problem was unusual, it seems to me that it is virtually impossible to drive this car without stalling at practically every junction. Granted I see many of these on the road, so someone must have found the knack, but if this is going to be your first car then forget it, try a golf or buy my wonderful Corolla, this is the least forgiving car I have ever driven and would be a nightmare to own for months until you figure out how to raise the clutch millimetre by millimetre inorder to get the car moving. if you can work out this niggling problem, the build is nice, good value to for the money, and worth its weight in gold finding a parking space I should imagine. If your wondering whether to get one and haven't yet driven it, try, if you still like it, try the golf, if you still think the rover is worth buying, see a doctor!

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              05.02.2001 17:10
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              Having a father in the motor industry has its advantages.... I had a 97 Rover 200 Vi for about 3 months before i gave it to my mum. It is white. It is a Rover 200. It Looks like any other Rover 200. That is until you put your right foot down and all that can be seen is a confused blur. Don't get me wrong here, I think the bog standard 1.4 and 1.6 Rover 200's are nice looking cars (Since '96 onwards anyway!), my mum thinks that hers is 'pretty'. The aesthetics however, are not the point of this car. The 1.8 VVC engine comes directly from the MGF in this model. It produces approx 160 B.H.P (My mums does anyway -:O)!) which is delivered by 195 50 15 rubber over some standard looking 5 spoke alloys. This equates to a 0-60 time of just over 7 seconds. Lets put that into perspective... Golf VR6 owners are made to look embarassed. Boy Racers in RS Turbos are left standing, and the driver of this car will have a HUGE grin on their face! I hate to be too decisive, but I love this car! I know Rovers are notoriously unreliable, but like any car, if you look after it, it will be ok! I had no problems with the Vi, the build quality was still of the Japanese legacy of Rover, so all the electrics work and EVERYTHING fits properly! The 200 Vi is a car that needs to be driven..... fast. You can drive normally and be rewarded with an incredibly efficient 35+ mpg. This is thanks to the Variable Valve Timing engine which makes it incredibly efficient all the way through the power band (which, incidentally goes up to 8500 rpm). So if you want a cheap 'White Hot' Hot Hatch, that is reliable and non-descript, buy a Vi, IF (and its a big IF) you can find one! The model I had (without the horrible Orange bumper insert) is so anonymous that no-one ever challenges you at lights (try that in a VR6!) which makes for very comfortable driving. Handling is good, could do w
              ith a small drop (30mm - no more) but my only moan is the unsupportive seats. Buy yourself a pair of Cobra buckets for your own safety, cornering fast could result in sitting on your passengers lap or squashing your head and bum against the door. This is just my opinion, please leave a comment if yours is any different! Thanks and check out my other reviews of cars I have owned (there have been a few people!).

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                04.11.2000 02:01
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                I've been driving the basic version of a new Rover 25 for the last couple of days as its my Companys new pool car, my usual vehcile is a Renault Scenic. The Rover 25 is a small car, though it will seat 5 (small) people. I've found the handling and drive quality of the Rover 25 to be excellent, the car is very nippy and handles corners extremely well aided by the power steering. Fuel economy also seems to be reasonable at around 33 mpg for an urban cycle. The car also has a fairly good stereo system. However, the basic version is a little too basic as it doesn't have central locking or electric windows which are standard features on the basic models of other manufacturer's vehicles. The lack of central locking is a real bug bare and would put me off buying this version.

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                19.07.2000 18:39

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                The new Rover 25 is far from being just a revamped Rover 200. This car has uprated suspension and an entirely different driving experience. The handling is taught and will forgive most mid-corner acrobatics, and the engines perform well. Particularly impressive is the Diesel option - 2litre Turbo Intercooler. This is the same engine as fitted to the Rover 45 and in this guise turns the 25 from an average small oil burning rep mobile into a real pocket rocket. So much torque is available that you can escape from the rowing action required in the petrol versions. Although by no means a sports car, it is satisfying to own and quite capable of surprising the odd mercedes on the motorway. If your family is small, I'd recommend it. It will return 50mpg on restrained long runs and even if the devil gets into you will still top 39mpg.

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                15.07.2000 16:49

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                After reacently buying this model I found this to be very good on petrol consumtion which with todays prices I see as vital in purchasing any car. The sterio on this model is rather basic but as great volumne. The car as good accelaration and a deccent top speed. The handling is simple and the gearing very smooth. I have had this car for three months and up to now, touch wood have, had no problems what so ever. My wife as a BMW 3 SERIES and this Rover is a far better car for the money in which I paid for it.

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                15.07.2000 01:55

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                The Rover 25, the updated version of the old Rover 200 is a fantastic hatchback for the family. With the K-series engines, the car is superbly powerful and able against the toughest of road sections. Improvements on the previous model are that the steering is much improved and external looks give the car a greater presence and uniqueness. After showing a few of my friends the car, the have thought that the car is one of the most impressive in terms of looks in the small-hatch range. Well done to Rover for bringing out such a fantastic model!

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                28.06.2000 17:41

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                Well, I thought I would never own a rover, however come April, I found myself wandering round the showrooms, having a look. I have to admit that I was impressed by the new shape and design of the Rover 25, both outwardly and the interior, it has altered considerably. A lot of the design features are incorporated in the basic model, however additional features such as electric front windows are available on the IL models. Also available on the IL models are the remote control of the radio for volume and radio channel hopping, so no more messing around with the volume control when driving!!! I was so impressed with the Rover 25 IL that I actually bought one, even though I wasn't looking to swap the car I had. It provides good all round performance, great to drive with the power assistance, really comfy to sit in and eases out any bumps without any problems. If you can afford to move up to the IL rather than the IE, the changes are benefiticial. A word of warning - stear clear of the 45 if you don't want the interior of the 400, it hasn't been changed. The 25 has a lot of features that I liked, so don't just sit there, go and have a look for yourself. p.s. What out for the admiring looks that you get as you drive one More importantly - Drive Safely!!!!

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