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I've had a conversion.

#1 Post by Woodmaverick » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:54 pm

About 3 months ago my sister rang me and said do you want my car? She'd got a new one and had got a quote from 'We Buy Any Car' who offered her £40 for it. So it was heading for that great Car Park in the Sky. My first thought was I don't particularly want it I've got a car but I though shame to scrap it and said I'd have it. Now you may be asking what is this car? Well it's a 1998 Rover 211 with just 27,000 miles from new with 6 months MOT. Ok its not in shown room condition, the front tyres were the ones supplied with the car when new as is the spare (never been out of the boot). They were simply perishing with age. There's an odd spot of rust on the wheel arches and the nearside mirror was broken.
I was never really been a fan of Rover's I did have a Rover 75 which was a bit of a disaster. Nevertheless having driven this little car for a few months I'm smitten. This car is a little gem. Bog standard with no frills but it runs forever on very little petrol. I've replaced the brakes and I'll get the odd bits of rust sorted out and will keep it forever.

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#2 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:25 pm

That’s the spirit - Rovers do have a habit of growing on you. And like yourself I also had a 75 that I really didn’t like :mad
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#3 Post by crepello » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:22 pm

Paul_1978_yorks wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:25 pm
That’s the spirit - Rovers do have a habit of growing on you.
Just goes to show it doesn't have to be a 2-litre job either!

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Re: I've had a conversion.

#4 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:39 pm

Woodmaverick wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:54 pm
This car is a little gem. Bog standard with no frills but it runs forever on very little petrol. I've replaced the brakes and I'll get the odd bits of rust sorted out and will keep it forever.
The newer 200 series is quite interesting as a car. The front suspension and steering is essentially the same as the older 200/400/coupe/cabriolet model, but the rear suspension was a brand new torsion H-beam designed so that the car could compete successfully on price/performance (handling) against the Peugeot 306, which was apparently a really good drive at the time. It was a very successful solution and achieved what they wanted from it. I've never driven a new 200 series, but apparently it imparts a degree of fun/enjoyment as the back end is chucked around and it feels a bit go-kart ish. I'd imagine with a smaller engine that just sips the fuel and with it being quite a light car too, altogether I can see why you'd want to keep hold of it. Take all the 3-cylinder 1 litre city cars no matter who they're made by, and just bin them. You're achieving at least 20% more fuel economy and enjoying yourself at the same time. It's a no brainer.


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Re: I've had a conversion.

#5 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:19 pm

I have driven a bubble 218, a BRM and a 25 1.4 on a track and they grip fantastic, funny enough a 218 R8 Coupe lost its back end chasing the 218 bubble
and an MGF spun off chasing the BRM, nice set up on these cars.

Any photos of the new project ?
The 25X (2001 ROVER 25 1.4 Impression S, fate TBD)
The CX8 (1997 ROVER Cabriolet 1.6 K-Series, Resto Project)
The 25XD (2004 ROVER 25 2.0TD, Track Car ?)
The Parts Bin (2001 ROVER 25 1.6 S)
The ASTRA-DX (2012 VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.7CDTi, Daily Eco Driver)

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