Rover 214 Si – review and opinion – Rover 214 SLi

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Rover 214


I’m a 19 year old lad and own a Rover 214 SLi 1994 (old shape) and I love it. It’s the second Rover I’ve owned (had a 414 SLi previously). All my friends laughed when they saw what I had bought, after all they do look like the kind of car a middle aged man would drive, but they’re great!

For Ј190 I got a 1.4 Litre, twincam, 16 V Honda K-Series engined car with electric windows, electric sunroof, electric mirrors, power steering, central locking and a lumbar support driver’s seat!

The insurance isn’t too high either, due to the mid-range engine and the petrol efficiency is good. The car interior is of good quality, but admittedly in this day and age it does look quite dated. The seats are very comfortable and the drive is great – the higher range models have lumbar support on the driver’s seat which is great if you have back problems.

A few things to look out for on the old shape Rover 214 SLi and the 414 SLi; Although many of them come with electrics ensure you check they are functioning. On many Older Rovers I’ve seen the electric windows are sluggish and stick, normally due to the seals around the glass becoming hard and stiff. The electric sunroof seals also bulge with age creating a whilstling sound when travelling at speed.

Other issues can be dodgy central locking and gravelly sounding electric mirrors. All these things can be easily fixed, so don’t let it put you off – the sunroofs and windows only need a bit of silicone grease and the locking needs a few squirts of graphite oil, works a treat. As long as the power steering is functioning, you can’t go wrong. Ask whether or not the head gasket has been replaced – if it has, that’s a plus.

Many Rovers suffer with head gasket blowouts and they’re very expensive to repair. Many of the 200 and 400 series have their appalling factory fitted Rover radio, which is rubbish. They also have that rubbish ninties radio code security thing which often seems to not be provided with car, so I’d recommend you replace it with a cheap radio/CD player which are inexpensive now.

The speakers are surprisingly good with front and rear ones with good output.

Rovers are great cars – well the older ones are. I can’t really speak for the post-1996 models which I know little about. If you do buy a Rover 200 or 400 ensure it has the Honda engine. Also, if you can, get the Twincam version, they’re the best.

They give a brilliant, smooth ride and don’t let the fake walnut trim that Rover put into so many of their cars put you off. I have grown very fond of mine!

The Rover 214 SLi is not a poser’s car. If you are thinking of buying your 17 year old son one, make sure he’s seen it and approves. It could, quite possibly be the least cool car ever. This is mainly because a large majority of my generation vaguely remember our fathers having them as company cars in the mid-1990’s and the walnut trim hardly adds street cred.

If however you want a reliable work horse with a quality interior, many features and a solid engine, get a 214 SLi.

The other model is the 214 Si. The L missing from the model name stands for Luxury. This model has none of the fancy refinements such as the electric windows and mirrors etc, but I believe still comes with Power steering.

Check this however when buying. These cars are also reliable – possibly more so because they have far less to go wrong! Personally I would still hunt for the SLi version, because even when the electrics are faultly, with the wonderful Haynes manual, you can fix them yourself!

Don’t let a high mileage put you off – bear in mind these are old cars and a majority of SLi’s were used as plush company cars. This means in many cases a large number of the miles on the clock are motorway miles anyway, less damaging for the engine than lots of minor journeys. My 214 SLi has done 97 K. It is widely agreed the engine will last as long as the actual car will.

This is because the Honda engine is so good, the body work, seats, electrics, general inerior and exterior will wear out before the engine will! If you’re the sort of person who is capable of self-repair you’ll be glad to knowsecond-hand parts are easily available and very cheap. On-line acution sites always have them on the listings for breaking and scrap yards will usually have a few.

WORD OF WARNING; The models that were built without alarm/immobiliser features are VERY easy to break into and steal. They are ridiculously easy to hotwire as I discovered last August when I found my beloved Rover 414 SLi missing from it’s parking bay at Tesco. I was in for five minutes and joyriders had got into it very fast.

Beware, use a crook lock with Rovers. Even the models with alarm/immobilisers have issues; in many cases it appears, the features have worn out or stopped working so splash out the twenty quid for a crook lock and use it – I now have one for my new Rover and I always use it.

I’m a Rover enthusiast and reccomend them to all, if you want any advice on them, please feel free to email me!

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