Buying Guide

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Replacing the classic Mini should have been a tall order, but BMW managed the job in style in 2001 – and, as Keith Adams explains, they make a great secondhand purchase today. Following BMW’s takeover of Rover in 1994, the Mini’s passage into the 21st century was guaranteed. The German company’s boss was a motoring […]

Buying Guide : BMC 1800/2200

Buying Guide : BMC 1800/2200

The final flowering of the Issigonis range, the 1800 was a large-scale Mini that failed to set the world alight. Yet these capable cars are readily affordable today. Ian Seabrook tells you what you need to know. First published in Classic Car Weekly. Availability Years produced: 1964-1975 Body style: 4-door saloon Engine options: 1798cc B-Series inline-four […]

Buying Guide : Princess/Ambassador

Buying Guide : Princess/Ambassador

The Princess is one of those iconic cars that was ahead of the opposition, but really only became recognised in the last few years, once it slipped under the classic car umbrella. Keith Adams updates our quick run-down on what you should look for when buying yourself a nice family-sized slice of wedge.

Buying Guide : Austin Maxi

Buying Guide : Austin Maxi

The Austin Maxi has the honourable distinction of being Sir Alec Issigonis’ final production car – and just like the Mini and 1100 before it, the Maxi boasted an extremely advanced spec sheet.

Keith Adams takes a look at this oft-misunderstood car and highlights the good… and the bad.

Buying Guide : Austin/MG Metro

Buying Guide : Austin/MG Metro

Fancy a Metro in time for its 40th birthday? Here’s Dale Turley’s guide to what to look out for… Years produced: 1980-1990 Body style: 3 and 5 door ‘Supermini’ hatchback, 3 door hatchback ‘van’ Engine options: 998cc and 1275cc A+ Series, 1275cc A+ Series (turbocharged) Transmission options: Four-speed manual and four-speed automatic, front wheel drive […]

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Fancy a Rover 800? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1986-1998 Body style: 4 door saloon, 5 door fastback, 2 door coupe Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 1994cc M-Series inline-four 16V (118, 138bhp) 1994cc T-Series inline-four 16V (136bhp, 180 and 197bhp turbocharged) 2498cc Honda V6 (170bhp) 2675cc Honda V6 (177bhp) 2497cc KV6 […]

Buying Guide : Rover 75

Buying Guide : Rover 75

Rover’s bargain 75 offers class, refinement and ability for not much money. Richard Dredge gives you the low-down on the front wheel drive models… Availability Years produced: 1999-2005 Body style: 4-door, 5-door estate Engine options: 1796cc K-Series, 115bhp 1796cc K-Series Turbo, 150bhp 1991cc KV6-Series, 150bhp 2497cc KV6-Series, 177bhp 1951cc M47-Series CDT, 116/131bhp Transmission options: 5-speed […]

Buying Guide : Rover SD1

Buying Guide : Rover SD1

Fancy an SD1? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1976-1986 Body style: Five-door ‘executive’ hatchback Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 2350cc, 2597cc inline-six 3528cc V8 (155bhp carburettor, 190bhp fuel injected) 2393cc inline-four turbodiesel (VM) Transmission options: 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual & 3-speed automatic, rear wheel drive Brief overview The Rover SD1 can […]

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Rough guide to : Buying a Rover 600 diesel

Rough guide to : Buying a Rover 600 diesel

Now very much in the bargain basement, the 600 is perhaps the most reliable and dependable of all the Rover diesels left on the second hand market. The bargain diesel Rover’s tie-up with Honda was yet another of those squandered golden opportunities handed to the British motor industry. By the time the 600 arrived in […]

Buying Guide : Maestro/Montego

Buying Guide : Maestro/Montego

Fancy a Maestro or Montego? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: Maestro: 1983-1994 Montego: 1984-1994 Body styles: Maestro: 5-door hatchback, van Montego: 4-door saloon, five-door estate Engine options: 1275cc A-Plus inline-four 1598cc R-Series inline-four (Maestro only) 1598cc S-Series inline-four 1994cc O-Series inline-four (104, 115bhp atmo, and 150bhp turbo) 1994cc “Prima” diesel (atmo […]

Buying Guide : Rover 25/MG ZR

Buying Guide : Rover 25/MG ZR

Fancy a Rover 25 or its MG ZR sister? Here’s what to look out for… Words: Mike Humble Availability Years produced: 1999-2005 Body styles: three- and five-door hatchback, three-door van (MG and Rover). Offered as Rover 25, Streetwise, MG ZR Engine options: Petrol: 1.1-1.4 (16v), 1.4 (16v), 1.6 and 1.8 Diesel: 2.0 (turbo) Transmission options: […]

Buying Guide : Rover 600

Buying Guide : Rover 600

ROVER’S 620ti is currently the best-value used performance saloon you can buy. Thanks to contributions from Matt Hicks of the MG-Rover.org and various members of the AROnline forums, we have been able to piece together the pros and cons of buying one of these Q-Cars. Availability Years produced: 1994-1999 Body style: 4-door saloon Engine options: […]

Buying Guide : Rover 200/400

Buying Guide : Rover 200/400

Buying an R8 Fancy a Rover 200/400? Here’s what to look out for… Words: Mike Humble Availability Years produced: 1989-1998 Body style: three- and five-door hatchback, four-door saloon, two-door coupé two-door cabriolet, five-door estate. Engine options: Petrol: 1.4 (8v), 1.4 (16v), 1.6-1.8 and 2.0 Diesel: 1.8-1.8 (turbo) Transmission options: Five-speed manual; four-speed Honda auto, and […]

Buying Guide : Austin A40

Buying Guide : Austin A40

The Austin A35 was given a smart new Italian suit as well as a number of other useful upgrades te become the A40. Known universally as the Austin A40 Farina, these stylish cars make utterly sensible classics to this day, and don’t cost an arm and a leg… Claire Smith leads you through the whys […]

Buying Guide : BMC 1100/1300

Buying Guide : BMC 1100/1300

BMC and BL badge engineering ran amok on the much-loved 1100/1300 range of the Sixties and Seventies. RICHARD GUNN unravels the various marques and tells you what to look out for when buying. Availability Years produced: 1962-1974 Body style: 2- and 4-door saloon, 3-door estate Engine options: 1098cc A-Series inline-four 1275cc A-Series inline-four Transmission options: […]

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Buying Guide : Rover Metro/100

Buying Guide : Rover Metro/100

Fancy a K-Series Rover Metro or 100? Here’s what to look out for… Years produced: 1990-1998 Body style: 3-door, 5-door hatchback Engine options: 1120cc K-Series inline-four 1396cc K-Series inline-four 8V (76bhp) and 16v (95, 103bhp) 1360cc Peugeot TU diesel inline-four 1527cc Peugeot TU diesel in-line four Transmission options: 4-Speed manual, 5-speed manual, CVT automatic, front […]

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