I have owned my Rover 200 BRM for four years now and, in that time, it has never let me down. I wouldn’t say I’m anal about servicing it but I do look under the bonnet at least once a week to check the usual. However, on one particularly misty morning last week it refused to start although, after dousing the HT leads in a healthy dose of WD40, it did eventually do so.
A quick Google revealed that this is a common problem on 1.8VVC engined cars as the long HT leads break down and the damp really gets in there. The set on the car had covered 26,000 miles so I figured it was time for a new set.
I took the BRM for the MoT over Christmas and, once again, it passed with just a couple of advisories – the rear tyres are getting low on tread and the exhaust is a bit rusty, but nothing serious. Not bad for a 92,000 mile, 11 year old car… Anyway, whilst it was up on the ramps, a new set of HT leads was fitted and when I drove it away it was like having a faster, more responsive car – the difference is amazing! Hopefully, I can look forward to another 12 months of trouble free motoring.
I like the qualities of the BRM in that it’s quirky, light, nimble and easy to drive, goes like stink, has an air of quality about it even after 11 years (that leather interior was built to a standard, not a price) and is very economical. All it has cost me in those four years of ownership is a set of tyres, some brake pads, an exhaust and the usual service items.
Give me a good reason why I need to spend thousands a new car?
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.