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Rover 600

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The 600 was a fine-looking mid-sized that offered a brave new for the Rover brand when it in 1993. Based on the then Honda Accord, the 600 emerged to widespread acclaim – and was once voted the #039;best-looking car in the

The 600 was a fine-looking mid-sized saloon offered a brave new future for the brand when it arrived in Based on the then contemporary Accord, the 600 emerged to receive acclaim – and was even voted the ‘best-looking car in the world’.

But time has been unkind to the and many early versions are inside banger territory How-ever, later models, or well maintained versions, are worthy of consideration, while in of long-evity the 600 is much better a lot of people give it credit Engines are generally reliable they aren’t neglected, the bodywork stands up well to

Although the ride quality is poor for such a large the handling is competent. Smaller engines need to be worked for decent progress, and the turbodiesel feel very old-fashioned by standards. But put on a private plate and a straight 600 still looks a genuinely classy item.

And the manic depreciation suffered the cars were new means better news for second-hand – because as little as will get you a really mint-condition

Checklist

* Bodywork resists quite well, but look for on the rear wheel-arches, ends of and leading edge of the front Rear bumpers are prone to due to poor visibility.

* Be aware back boxes rot quickly the top downwards. Replacements cost than £100.

* Milky deposits under the oil cap on 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol models head gasket trouble, on the 2.3-litre this points to a block and some serious

* Second, fourth and reverse tricky to engage on high-mileage

Glass’s View

The 600 isn’t the loved of motors, and as such and residual values are both says trade bible Guide. But that’s great for private buyers who don’t being a bit different, as prices are good value. Go for a high-spec as it will be easier to sell on.

The best bargains are older cars, which are unlikely to as steeply as later ones.

With A Rover 600

A Rover 600 perhaps the most obvious of car for a 20-year-old – but that put off Graham Carson. The security from Bonnyrigg, near likes the cars he drives to a bit of luxury and owned a Volvo S40 he bought the Rover.

My Volvo was written off in an accident, so I then looking for something with a level of comfort that also be great value for Graham said. He bought his 618i S 10 months ago after it advertised for sale locally.

I went round to see the car and fell in with it immediately, added It was in such good condition, having covered more 90,000 miles, and I also that I wouldn’t get anything for the price that I was willing to Graham loves the 618’s levels of equipment, leather and massive interior space.

he does think the Rover’s and fuel consumption could be

Verdict

For all-out fun on a budget, we go for the 197bhp 620 ti. It hasn’t the prowess of respectable sporting saloons, but its is rapid.

Otherwise, the Honda-engined 623 make the most financial They offer similar mpg and costs to the 1.8 and 2.0, but are generally hardy and free-revving. Avoid cars, dull blue and paint and anything with damage.

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