Buying guide : Rover 25/MG ZR – AROnline

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Launched in 1996, the R3 Rover 200 had been a classic in how to get your marketing totally Rover had made the fatal in being cocky and truly the buying public would be to pay for an Escort sized car with type dimensions, if the perceived was there – and how wrong they

This was indeed such a as the R3 was in fact not a bad car at all, peppy nice trim and keen manners were all part of the 200 experience, and its cute and curvy shape looked good and was all doing with no body help coming from or BMW. Designed on a tight of a shade over £250,000,000, the 200 should have done far but as history shows, it didn’t sell in massive numbers. Far being a flop but equally far being top of the pops either.

forward to 1999 and Rover were getting the corporate with the launch of the 75 and soon the 25 and 45. All cars now shared a true resemblance of a neat chrome quad headlamps and the essential tradition of svelte interiors a dash of walnut where The Rover 25, following the deletion of the 100 two years earlier was now Rover’s level car and offered a wide of carried over power (albeit improved) of K-Series and L-Series Diesels ranging 1100-1800cc in petrol and 2000cc – the latter in two states of tune.

were also carried from the 200 but also were to production and installation improvements. The CVT while initially very was improved and offered in steptronic Manual gearboxes were over using the Rover R65U and PG1 and in the final year’s the Ford/Getrag IB5 on all 1.1-1.6-litre petrol

Although the press and critics saw the 25 as more than a restyled R3 200, it was a little more that. Its bumper and grille all new, as was the metalwork behind. re worked inner wings and cross members added safety, as did the thicker and stronger box of the inner and outer sills.

The safety of the new 25 was much improved the outgoing 200. Rear end was less noticeable, with a bumper and different number surround with added being the only obvious to see.

Much attention was given to NVH vibration and harshness) with axis hydraulic engine on all engines and a much improved for the gearbox, gone was the busy feeling of the outgoing 200 to be transformed an eerie world of hush not on a car of this size. In summary, the 25 at launch was a cracking little car went some way to restore and Rover’s image of makers of a class above the rest. today, over five after the car last rolled off the line at Longbridge, the 25 can still an excellent used purchase. So take a look at the range, its its vices and values:

What to for

Body and trim:

From the the Rover 25 was offered in two distinct styles: a three-door hatchback and Most level of trim was in both shapes, and although the door looks the more and sporting, rear access can be a for the larger passenger. Rear quarter glass is standard all door cars. The 25 was aimed at the small hatch sector, with the likes of the Peugeot 206 – Fiesta Vauxhall Corsa.

pricing meant that the 25 was the car than its rivals both in and luggage space. With the of the base models, the 25 sported a folding rear seat three inertia reel and thanks to its compact rear system, the boot is fairly and spacious with more enough room for suitcases and

Earlier models from were vastly better though it also needs to be that the earliest 25s are now coming up to 11 old. Corrosion is known the edges of the wings and rear arches can be very tatty if to rot. Other areas of are around the tailgate roof – front sub frame – boot surround and around the front plate trims inside the jamb.

Used Rover are plentiful, so be sure to walk from anything that shabby in the body department, you are looking for a project car or it’s cheap.

Paintwork is fairly well and any botch job should be easy to Contrary to belief, the fit and finish of the was also pretty good, time to spot uneven gaps and poor fitting door and body rubbing the latter being very to refit properly.

Tap them your knuckle and listen for a – a sure sign they been removed, and ask why.

of broken or seized roof even though they are to replace, they are a nightmare to fit the whole roof lining to be to gain access to the securing nut – not a job for the faint hearted. A loose mast base will cause interior damp and a major water leak.

on to the interior, the usual checks be made to the general health of the car if it’s a mess than you can be certain the mechanicals may be suspect All switchgear should function as but pay attention to the following:

Heater fan – it work on all positions? Quite a cheap fix requiring the replacement of the in the heater box – easy to fix for around £20 £30 if you do it yourself. The 25 does boast an heater and is one of the few cars than can your feet warm and face cool at the same the system also boasts a feature too.

Rear wipe – If the pump works but no comes through, often as not its a rear jet than can be fixed stiff wire, but in stubborn may need a complete wiper Also be wary of loose nuts on the front wiper these 13mm nuts loose and if left un noticed, can the splines on the wiper linkages.

or creaking clutch pedal – can arise with the clutch once again, an easy but needs checking thoroughly. It may be a bearing issue. A high may also be evident, but this too much to worry about so as there is a couple of inches play, though the height of the pedal can be adjusted and later were modified.

Crumbling steering wheel – models had a cheaper to produce that can peel around the Easy to replace but involves of the airbag. Switch on the ignition and the red SRS warning lamp goes out a few seconds.

If it doesn’t or fails to altogether, there may be a problem.

warning lights – Do they all and be sure to notice the yellow management light, it should as soon as the engine is running. If it to glow or worse, pulse second there is a management or problem. All Rover 25s use the OBD2 socket and diy code readers are an investment if you are a budding home

Creaking Seats – Some suffer from creaking seats, often its annoying than serious, but grab the and tug it around making sure is no excessive movement in the seat Some models offered trim, but be aware – the quality of the is not top grade.

Door Cards – are notorious for fitting badly removed. Look for poor or missing pieces inside the door handles. These are signs that someone has inside the doors.

The Rover 25 to be a mixed bag when it comes to quality and interior fit and finish. On inspection, the swoopy, curvy looks well made, and to a it is on pre #8217;03 cars. The lower of the facia along with the box feel cheap and nasty to the with the glove box having no non material inside allowing or CD’s to clatter around on roads or spirited cornering.

fuse box covers can be annoying on roads, but this is easily by applying self adhesive to the back of the cover.

Engine and

Rover used its famous engine in 1.1-, 1.4-, and 1.8-litre form using 8 and 16 valve heads on the two smaller The 1.1 and 1.4 are in fact both sweet engines that are eager and enough. Issues of head are legendary and the bigger engines of the and 1800 are worse than the units in terms of durability.

maintenance is paramount for a long and free lifetime. Attention be paid to the cooling system, the and strength of the anti-freeze / coolant and the of the radiator, the latter corrodes and even the smallest of leaks can the engine.

Start the engine from if possible and listen for excessive noises caused by piston These engines need up gently and a car that has had its guts out from a cold start can and … a slow and painful Remove the oil cap when idling and for plumes of steam and feel for breathing on the back of your Any evidence of gunk or cream goo indicates the mix of oil and water – a sure of a blown head gasket.

the engine is still warming up, the expansion tank cap and smell the bottle, if you can detect a faint of petrol, see tiny bubbles or of oil – there’s trouble in store!

Oil are required at 12,000-mile intervals and petrol engines don’t too kindly to skipped servicing. for evidence of missing servicing as a rusty fuel filter and an oil cap needs two hands to remove. On the side, all routine servicing is easy on all petrol and diesel 25`s.

Ask for evidence of timing replacement and also bear in that the diesel has two timing – often forgotten.

Later 2003 petrol engines are by having an unpainted alloy cover where earlier valve covers are painted black. Be aware of this, as it is a way of spotting if the car has had an engine swap at time. While under the pay attention to the condition of the front sub

Brake pipes and inner members, these can rust if the car is not cared for or has been poorly repaired.

Have a look at the tray, it’s made of resin plastic and known for the bolts to corrode make a nightmare. Also make the battery itself is tight and in the clamp – these have a nut in the tray that can crack if tightened resulting in a loose that can’t be secured dangerous and an MoT failure.


Diesel engine cars are robust units, but you need to be the smoke on start up – it should after a few seconds. These can blow a head gasket if the mixture is not kept tip top also. starting should be instant of the temperature.

Engines should strongly without any hesitation or back and you should also a keen eye open for oil leaks the bottom end of the engine and around the oil housing. Not the quietest power by any stretch of the imagination but a willing and performer in 86 or 103bhp tune.

transmissions seldom give unless abused or subject to sky mileage. The Rover R65U is a designed but Rover built 5 unit and is fitted to 1.1-, and 1.6-litre cars. The Rover PG1 is a derived but also Rover-built fitted to 1.8-litre and diesel

The gear linkage on both of boxes can go sloppy with but it fairly straightforward to cure. The if the gear change can be transformed by the oil in the box, once again, a procedure.

The CVT steptronic gearbox is a year ahead of the troublesome ZF unit as fitted in the previous 200. By offering a pre set phase of whilst remaining a true CVT makes the car more acceptable to with much less when pulling away. an ear open for excessive chattering in drive stood still and the colour of the transmission fluid – it be pinky red and not dark brown or – the latter colours indicating

Unless you simply have to an auto box, the CVT is best owing to continuing reliability and the specialist nature of this of gearbox.

What Are They To Own?

Problems with the engines are legendary, but if the unit is in fettle, they can go on to give thousands of trouble free Petrol consumption is generally good, though automatics are in comparison to its manual brothers. ratings are reasonable too with the 25 GTi nudging the higher brackets.

models are reasonably robust, but should be instant and stay from models with mileage and no service history.

Consumable parts like components and exhausts are slightly than average, but shopping or using motor factors can you some favourable deals. like tyres, brake and shoes for example, wear no than its rivals but a close should be given to the exhaust if only used on short the exhaust can and will, rot easily and especially the rear silencer

The catalytic converters are known for as are the oxygen sensors (some engines have two cats). All feature power steering and all but the models have electric and in all fairness, the model range is enough to cater for all your and desires. Easy enough to through the streets yet capable to handle the longer journey, the 25 is a refined little car.

Are They Like To Run?

again, with the exception of the CVT steptronic auto, the Rover 25 no nasty surprises for the competent DIY driver. All routine check are clearly marked and accessible; its sized washer bottle life easier for the owner. are clearly marked and there are two boxes, one below the steering and one under the bonnet. All bulbs are to access, but be wary of the high stop light, these can fail without warning.

Oil are recommended every 12,000 and require a good quality oil. Timing belts are changed at 50,000 miles

on a competent DIY mechanic, the following / maintenance are:

Routine – Easy

Timing Belt – Fair

Timing belts – Some skill required

belts #8211; Fair

Pads – Easy

Brake – Easy

Don’t accept oily engines or anything excessive rust – more than its worth. But for those who a challenge and know what are doing, a dirt cheap par 25 is a viable option. Make you have the immobiliser code the handbook pack and both of keys.

Buy right and buy smart and you are on way to one of the most underrated superminis you can

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