AROnline Blogs

We’ve been commenting on the motoring scene – and, sometimes, a little bit more, since June 2004. Read what’s on the minds of AROnline’s Contributors and see if you agree with them – as always, blogs are opinion pieces and don’t always refect the editorial stance of the site.

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Craig Cheetham Sometimes, a car can come along that really surprises you. And that’s the case with my 25 GTi, which I acquired back in April in the knowledge I was about to be made redundant from my old job, and needed something cheap and economical to run around in for a few months after […]

Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Continuing the birthday celebrations for our beloved vehicles like the Rover 200 and Montego that both have milestone anniversaries, Mike Humble raises a glass for one of Leyland Trucks success stories that’s just turned 30 this year – the T45 Roadrunner. If you think hard enough, there were many car adverts on the television that […]

By October 28, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
eBay find of the week : 14k Rover 600

eBay find of the week : 14k Rover 600

Craig Cheetham Okay, so £2,000 sounds like a lot for a Rover 600 – but then there can’t be many left in this kind of condition. Indeed, if I had the spare space, cash and time, I’d consider this one myself. But I’ve recently bought something else kinda special (coming soon, I promise…) so the […]

Technician’s Update : A pre-delivery disaster…

Technician’s Update : A pre-delivery disaster…

Mike Humble The latest SMMT figures show there was a record September in 2014, as the economy pulls itself out of the doldrums. All of which got me thinking about the good old days, when plates changed on August 1st… The new registration period was always a great time in any new car dealership, the […]

By October 22, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Essay : Devil’s Advocate – the MG ZT 260 and Rover 75 V8

Essay : Devil’s Advocate – the MG ZT 260 and Rover 75 V8

Craig Cheetham Introducing the first in a new series, AROnline’s Editor takes a sideways look at some of the cars we love to love and asks if they were, indeed, all they were cracked up to be… From the outset, I want to make it clear this new feature isn’t an attempt at MG-Rover/BL-bashing. I’ve […]

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.5 – Rover 800 Vitesse

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.5 – Rover 800 Vitesse

Craig Cheetham Most kids my age used to fantasise about Ferrari Testarossas or Lamborghini Countachs, those Athena poster icons that pretty much summed up the late ’80s and early ’90s. But, as friends, family and even girlfriends used to tell me, I wasn’t like most kids. On the car wall of my bedroom (truth be […]

Blog : Happiness is Rover SD3 shaped

Blog : Happiness is Rover SD3 shaped

Keith Adams As the relative hoopla surrounding the quarter century racked up by the Rover R8 (200/400) this week dies down, I feel that it’s down to me to restore a little balance to proceedings. As you can see, it’s going to be a little ditty to the original Rover 200 series (which was nicknamed […]

By October 12, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
Blog : AROnline, what would you like to see?

Blog : AROnline, what would you like to see?

Craig Cheetham Okay… So, by the very nature of this site, we spend a lot of time looking into the past. And so we should, because among the many great things about the AROnline community is a kinship among us all for the love of British cars, old, new or somewhere in between. But let’s […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214 GSi – Tried and tested

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214 GSi – Tried and tested

Mike Humble Well, after the Gaydon celebration of the Rover 200, there has not been much to report on the old girl lately. Work has been busy and some car reviewing has taken place on my own site so the recently acquired 214 GSi has been parked up in a quiet corner of the office […]

By October 6, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Blog : Raise a glass to… the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Never one to pass up a celebration, David Morgan raises a glass to 30 years of the MG Maestro EFi/2.0i and tells us why the appeal of this MG is still so special to him… David Morgan Go on, admit it, you have probably overlooked this milestone in the history of the Maestro, not to […]

Blog : Taxing times for future classics…

Blog : Taxing times for future classics…

Craig Cheetham And so, the time has finally come to remove our hats and bid a sorry farewell to the late, lamented road tax disc. Since 1921, it has been a legal requirement for motorists to display the often brightly coloured disc in their windscreen to prove they have paid their duties. But now, Big […]

By September 29, 2014 33 Comments Read More →
Blog : No Sh** Sherlock…

Blog : No Sh** Sherlock…

Barry Jones Well, the bashers are out there again… According to a new survey by Warranty Direct, MGs and Rovers are more likely to suffer from head gasket failure than any other make or model. I’m fairly sure we all knew that, though the debate no doubt will continue to rage as to whether this […]

By September 29, 2014 16 Comments Read More →
Blog : eBay Find of the Week #2 – Rover 216 GSi

Blog : eBay Find of the Week #2 – Rover 216 GSi

Craig Cheetham Twice in a week? Well, I couldn’t let this one lie, really. Partly because there’s a lot of R8 love out there at the moment following its 25th birthday shindig at the weekend, and partly because it’ll be gone by Monday. Nice pre-grille R8s are getting fewer and further between, especially bearing in […]

By September 26, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Blog : eBay Find of the Week #1 – £5k Allegro Estate

Blog : eBay Find of the Week #1 – £5k Allegro Estate

Craig Cheetham   Okay – an old feature momentarily resurrected, because when a mate pointed this out to me I had to share my incredulity…     I can’t decide if it’s the price, the car or the fact that someone decided to do a full nut and bolt job on a Doom Blue Allegro Estate […]

By September 25, 2014 24 Comments Read More →
Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Mike Humble BASE!  How low could they go? It may have a cult following today but it’s fair to say that the Rover 800 never really got off to the best of starts back in 1986. Despite it having clean cut lines and a silhouette like no other large Rover before it, early models lacked […]

By September 25, 2014 45 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Craig Cheetham Back when I was nowt more than a kid, I promised myself that before I was 30, I’d own a Jaguar. At the time, the XJ40 was the dawn of Jaguar’s brave new world, the company was owned by Ford and I’d fallen deeply in love with my next-door neighbour’s F-reg 3.6-litre Sovereign. […]

By September 19, 2014 16 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

David Morgan It’s hard to believe it’s 25 years this week since the first Land Rover Discovery was revealed. The vehicle that, in many ways, was the catalyst for Land Rover’s success of today has built up a huge fan base in quarter of a century, as David Morgan’s truly excellent contribution testifies – (ed). […]

By September 19, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

Charlton Mackerell Okay, so it’s not BLARG – but it is a recently eulogised classic that’s been a fixture of the roadscape for over half a decade. Charlton Mackerell certainly isn’t a fan though… You see them everywhere in summer, middle-class motorists, often dressed as pseudo-hippies, posing with their teutonic split screen monstrosities, making a […]

By September 18, 2014 51 Comments Read More →
Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Rick Ehrlich The Mini was challenged with the gearbox in the sump from a technical point of view. That it was brilliant there is no doubt. That it was durable depends on your experience. What has been written about the mini over time was that BMC/Leyland had to make plenty of repairs to the Mini […]

By September 5, 2014 58 Comments Read More →
Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s the eBay fuelled ‘barn-find’ phenomenon, but, all of a sudden, there seems to be a huge increase in the number of extremely low-mileage Eighties and Nineties A-R cars on the market. The reality, alas, is probably tinged with sadness, as a great many of these cars are emerging […]

Blog : Footballers’ cars

Blog : Footballers’ cars

Craig Cheetham Now, I’m not normally a massive fan of football… I appreciate it’s the most popular sport in the world, and certainly in the UK, but for me the ball’s the wrong shape and the players are generally a bunch of girls who like to writhe around in pretend agony and cheat quite a […]