Rover Torque – for all Modern Rover Owners’

18 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Rover Torque – for all Modern Rover Owners’

What is it that the advert the local garage says in the newspaper? A lot of flash for very cash!. When you buy a Rover 800 you do get a lot of car for the money, regardless of what you pay for it.

The car out its life as an executive motor. But when it becomes second or definitely third hand, going to buy it? Not the executive.

He’s got to a new car so he can claim back maximum and any way, he’d pay tax on the new car price if he bought second hand. he needs to buy new to get maximum depreciation to off against his books.

When a 800 series becomes second it looks as if no wants them and the plummets. Which is good for you and I, we get A lot of flash for very little

Generally speaking, a lot of Rover come in good condition. if you are buying from the original its a good bet that it will with full service every time something wrong with the car it would go into a garage, irrespective of

The problem normally arises you purchase third hand or The people in the middle, purchased a car at a price, but maybe weren’t of the cost of keeping it on the road. maintenance may be cut back or non existent. is when problems can arise. I list just some of the to check for when purchasing a hand Rover 825/827 the SLi Sterling.

Some of these tips apply to other 800 models.

1/ Work.

First, take off rose coloured glasses. arches are renowned for rusting. there are inner liners on all 4 once the arches start, go! The front wings are bolt on, so no problem there.

The rear are a more difficult. There any repair panels available so it’s down to removing and with welded metal. (A which we have covered in a issue of the Club magazine). A area to look at is the driver’s rear wheel arch, it meets the bumper. Also, along the bottom of the doors the With the shape of the 800, it can be disguised until you lay on the floor.

check the wheel arch you open the back doors. worry too much if the paint is a little dull, with a bit of work and cutting back, can usually be made to sparkle Just use this as a bargaining

2/ Engine.

Always a difficult expensive if it needs replacing, second hand. The Rover 820 goes back to the good old of Montego Maestro (BL Days). The 2 engine is renowned for developing an oil at the front right hand as you look at it. Not enough metal where one of the cylinder heads down, for the gasket to seal.

If you do replace the head gasket, generally start to leak in a relatively short period of like two weeks, even if you use a original gasket! Rover 825have hydraulic tappets, age these invariably become Don’t panic initially.

If the quieten down when the is warm the oil is thin, then it is just the usual air bubble You can either live with it that you change your oil ( for the correct grade) to help the engine quiet. Alternatively, you always remove the tappets them.

Slightly costly consuming but it will be worth it if you can it.

Check to see if the cam belt has been If you have seen our web site. you may read the question about cam belts. The 820 engines should the cam belt changed every miles. The 825/827’s were, recently, every 96,000

That figure has now been So, has it been changed in the last miles?

Water loss Check that the header has no cracks or broken connections. 825/827 appear to develop a sort of leak? The water from the header tank a period of, say, two weeks, but no It would appear that the pump shaft wears in its bearing, any water that onto the hot engine must hence the lack of any evidence as to it is disappearing from. (You live with this until it get worse.

Note that if the water ceases, it is driven by the cam belt. If the cam breaks, it’s Goodbye ).

Note also, on Rover 825the battery can be removed quite the computer will remember its Check under the driver’s The computer has a red LED which, if it is flashing, is a fault. The Club has a full of fault codes.

If the computer a fault condition, you generally to disconnect the battery then once you have completed the repair. This tells the that there is no longer a (hopefully). Within a couple of of driving, the computer will sorted itself out be working to normal. On 2.0 litre engine, it is a different story.

Whilst the injection engines are OK to have the removed, the single point model should never be without a trickle charge applied, otherwise the computer lose its memory this can be re-programmed by an authorised Rover

3/ Oil Leaks .

We haven’t yet, as a found a common area for an oil on the 825/827. However, 820 owner’s to check the engine as mentioned

4/ Gearbox.

As with the engine, if goes wrong, you’re paying big bucks! Particularly if an automatic. Typically you are looking at £320 for a second hand to be fitted for you. When you drive the car, check the changes are smooth and not laboured or between gears. Check is no slipping when you put you foot

Pull out the gearbox dipstick and sure its fairly clean. oil could mean that are starting to break up. On a manual check that the clutch travels smoothly isn’t too or too low.

When test put your foot down when in 4th, check the clutch doesn’t slip.

5/

Fairly obvious. If it’s you’ll know, although a can make a quick repair. need to get on your back. you say that to all the girl’s!) Middle section can be replaced fairly inexpensively.

It’s the front on the 825/827 thats the … in of cost. If this section is you should be able to negotiate a amount off the cost of the car, it costs £196+ for a replacement section + fitting! (If it’s a version, you can expect to pay even

If it’s a ‘cat’ version this is worn haggle mad get the price down.

6/ Suspension.

800’s are an executive car. The is intended for comfort. Drive a cobbled road the suspension is good at keeping you on the level. throwing the car into corners, your passengers may well away feeling a tad sea sick. The ‘Wallows’ come to mind.

It’s horses for courses the variations of Vitesse had up rated suspension. You can replace the springs fairly easily, but don’t this is a big, long Rear suspension on top of the range is self levelling, ideal for trailers or caravans.

Check for like oil leaking from the or tired looking springs ride height is uneven. For into ‘sporty’ looks, you can fit 16 or 17 very low profile tyres

7/ Brakes.

Rover 825/827 a sensor fitted to one of the driver’s brake pads. Unfortunately, often the brakes will unevenly, resulting in one of the other wearing down to bare first with no warning. You really need to remove the wheels to check for scoring, fitted with alloys allow you to view the discs.

8/

Finally, check that all little extras are working.

windows, sun roof, remote locking, alarm, air con, seats, boot lever cap lever tyres etc. early Rovers were let on silly cost cutting such as return springs on the door handles. If these the handle flapped around and a very poor site. really for such an expensive Exterior door handles fail, they are a one piece with a locator lug, on the which has a tendancy to snap.

This results in the doorhandle no operating the door lever Easiest option is to source a from a dismantler yard, you can try them yourself, but with results. The heater control has a of contacts which wear time.

Very costly to but if you dismantle the dash’, you can bend the into shape. Wiper arm shears, which is just a type connection can be repaired easily by drilling fitting a but it’s another job that you have to do if the mechanism was up to it in the first

The standard radio fitted in the 800 of cars wasn’t a bad job gave a pleasing sound, unless you are into disco or house, in case you may need to upgrade. The parcel shelf speakers 6 variety, although the cut out will 8 instead.

Once you are happy, pay cash drive your with pride, but be prepared in case you have to spend on it in the future. unless you are going to it regularly whilst you own it?

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