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General Chat Thread, Rover 25 New Car in General; I'd say some of the posts above are pretty good advice, if you keep the coolant levels topped up and ...
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    I'd say some of the posts above are pretty good advice, if you keep the coolant levels topped up and look after the car it should be fine. Being a MK2 it may well have the low coolant sensor on it (should be a red light on the dash) which helps save you if the coolant level does drop for some reason. The newer MLS gasket is said to be much better so if you have it replaced make sure you get that type rather than the old standard one.

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    we had a 114 gsi and the head gasket went twice on that but it was loads older than that one your looking at, which BTW seems to be in good nick!

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    how would people go about getting parts after rover went under?

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    Rovers = Rubbish and any street cred is out the window, unless you're like 70 years old or something!

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    I wouldn't touch one personally. One my mates had the head gasket fail on their car (was a '99 1.6 IIRC ). Shame as it was quite a tidy motor (and much better than the Ford KA he bought to replace it!). Was probably worth a couple of grand at the time but he ended up selling it as a result of the failure so I'm guessing you could be looking at a pretty severe repair bill if it does go.

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    Oh, and mum's used to drink steering fluid! Well, actually it used to spew it out the top of the filling cap... It sounds like I didn't like the car. I did, it was a good work horse! The one you're looking at looks good - I'd go for it, but get the head gasket changed before it goes!!

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    stewart, when I hear the name rover that's what I think. I wasn't expecting anything nice, but U have to admit it doesn't look THAT bad! Better than my Saxo atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight View Post
    Rovers = Rubbish and any street cred is out the window, unless you're like 70 years old or something!
    However there isn't much else you could get on a 54 plate for £1600. Maybe a Daewoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djh View Post
    I was really suprised how nice it was when I looked at it, I wasn't expecting anything special but it is pretty nice. Jus the head gasket thats making me think otherwise. It could be £4 but if I have to replace that everytime it goes it's ntow orth it.
    I used to work for a MG Rover dealer, the 1.8 engine is the main culprit for head gasket issues. The 1.4 tends to be fine so long as you check the oil and coolant every month. The Rover 25 made it to the top of the JD Power reliability survey mostly because its essentially 20 year old engineering and design. Parts a dirt cheap, and as cars go, it pretty decent on fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight View Post
    Rovers = Rubbish and any street cred is out the window, unless you're like 70 years old or something!
    I'm 50+ and the only way I would get 'Street Cred' is by wearing Tracky bottoms, shave my head and be dragged around by a bog that looked like a pit bull.

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    I know what you mean. I have a Rover 200 TDi, it's a scruffy looking thing and I have just replaced the drivers window mechanism as the nylon runner wheels broke. Central locking keeps fusing now. But every morning I get in, turn the key and it goes.
    My old '95 2ltr diesel 400 was over 223K miles when I sold it - it needed rear suspension and something labour intensice done to the rear breaks - but to my knowledge (and regret that I didn't keep it and pay for the repairs to be done) it has been to the south of France 5 times since and is still going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by djh View Post
    ah that's interesting... Apparently its the 1.8s that suffer from the gasket but not the 1.4?
    IIRC, it's a K series (1.1/4/6/8) trait due to the design of the block/head/bolting system. Have a look for some freelander forums..admittedly they use the 1.8, but I saw much talk of imporved gaskets from 3rd parties etc. Same goes for the MGF (same lump).

    http://www2.mgcars.org.uk/cgi-bin/gen5?runprog=mgbbs

    That's where I used to frequent when I had Rovers..
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    how would people go about getting parts after rover went under?
    Rover don't make cars anymore, but I believe they still have a parts making plant, and failing that several third party companies still sell parts for rovers.

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    MG Rover sold their parts catalogue to XPart in 2004/5. All parts are now available though them.

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    Had 2 Rovers, enjoyed them both. First a T plate 200 (1.6) then a P plate 416. Both very reliable and very quick.
    Yeah, they do have a HG issue due to a design weakness, and if you can, spent the 400 or so getting it replaced with the uprated MLS gasket (not related to our librarian friends)
    A theory went around that the only reason for them going in the first place was the owners - when you have an engine like the K-series (without which you'd not be driving the cars you are today) which is a very "please boot me" engine, driven by a "whats an accelerator" pensioner, it tended not to play ball too much
    Parts are easy to get hold of - plenty on eBay for next to nothing. You can also interchange with many Honda parts - the Civics and Accords of the same eras use many same parts. There's 2 companies round here (Souls of Olney and Allen Fords (Allen Parts)) in northamptonshire/bedfordshire which are fantastic for MG Rover partage.
    Treat it with respect and it'll do the same in return, assuming it isn't a lemon. That's a low mileage example and probably will do you a good 100,000 more.
    Bought my P plate 416 with 58,000 miles on the clock and sold it for £100 (to get rid quick) with 170,000 miles. Did the HG replacement myself on purchase (also did inlet manifolds and complete fluids change)

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