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Hello from Lincs - 216 SLI

#1 Post by edie_fox » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:15 pm

Hello :D

I'm back in the Rover fold for a bit. Last one I had was 2010, a lovely blue early 90s 420.

I've just put a deposit on the bronze '94 216 SLI on eBay. Collecting early Jan.

Not bad all in all. Could be a lot worse. I nearly walked but I think it's worth a go! It's going to be my daily as I just needed something with a bit more kick than my 2000 1.1 Saxo. :laughing2

It would benefit from a few cosmetic fixes/alterations and needs a new D/S window motor but felt very nice. Underside looks to be doing very well. Need to do the ATF, any straight up info on which is best for this car greatly appreciated....will save me digging.

Would like to replace front bumper which has a nice crack (now, I'm Volvo 480 owner and I am well aware of the unobtainium in that world so, do forgive me if I list things that are gold dust!) and I think it would benefit from some nice Rover period/car correct alloys. I'm not one for veering off standard but hope to get this looking a bit better over the summer.

No mention of an oil leak on the MOT, but, unless someone's had a spillage, there does seem to be a fair old squidgy mess lower down.....will monitor.

Luckily, I live near Lincoln so close to RImmer's :)

I'm sure I'll be back soon with lots of "what's this...??" pictures and "does anyone have...."

Edie
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Current:
1994 216SLi - Bronze (it's gold though, innit)
1990 Volvo 480 Turbo

Past Rovers:
J 218 SD - Large snail.
J 420 ? - Loved.
R 416 - awful!

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Re: Hello from Lincs - 216 SLI

#2 Post by G.Watts » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:04 pm

:welcome Good luck with the repairs there’s plenty of help on here if you need it.

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#3 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:54 pm

Sounds like a nice car. Bronze was a discontinued colour in 1995 so potentially a rare car!
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#4 Post by 1234dist » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:54 am

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#5 Post by edie_fox » Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:42 pm

Thank you :D

I feel it's a rather sun-faded bronze now! Either that or it is incorrectly registered...(will check paint code!) I think if I needed to spray any of it, it would stick out like a sore thumb!

Gradually getting around things and feeling much about the purchase today than I was on first daylight sniff around it! :D

Finding out where water is coming in, stopping it, stacking up dehumidifier boxes to help dry it out (mostly under rear seat from top of rear hatch), needs 4 new tyres (15% student discount at Kwik Fit helps a lot here!), had exhaust checked over; all fine, got it booked in for all the electrical niggles and to have an R70 radio fitted and ATF changed, got a few bits and bobs of parts en route, 2 new plates - not the correct era font of course but I'm not a perfectionist there - at least they are tidier!, trip 1 to Rimmers completed; 2 heating control bulbs and 5 facia screws.. £20 lighter :laughing2, going back for 2 rear window regulators (£10 each - bargain), need to source the O/S/F electric one too, a tad steeper...just awaiting cash! Need a spare for boot 175/65/14 but plenty on eBay. Spare wheel retainer/screw thingy is rusted in....must Google how to dissolve! Haha. Also trying a few companies that say they have the chrome effect trim strips in...won't hold my breath for a positive response! Mostly just getting on with the cosmetic bits I can do. Hoping I can keep it for a good while as my daily yet. Currently on 100k and I do about 1500 a month.

I'm in two minds whether or not to bother fitting a new/used wing due to corrosion or just get someone to do what they can, its beyond anything I can just sand down, treat and paint.

Not sure if it's using a lot of oil. Apparently, it had a major service in October but was very low on purchase...That seems a lot to me for 8 weeks...will keep and eye on it/pop something under to see if it's leaking too.

It's much nicer to drive, I'm enjoying that. Shame it has so many dents really or it'd be lovely to look at too! :laughing2
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1994 216SLi - Bronze (it's gold though, innit)
1990 Volvo 480 Turbo

Past Rovers:
J 218 SD - Large snail.
J 420 ? - Loved.
R 416 - awful!

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Re: Hello from Lincs - 216 SLI

#6 Post by crepello » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:16 am

Despite your reservations, it looks a lot more presentable than many!
That paint shade looks like 'White Gold'. As it's not particularly common, I think you'd have trouble finding a replacement wing which didn't need a repaint.

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Re: Hello from Lincs - 216 SLI

#7 Post by rbosworth2016 » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:07 am

I agree it definitely looks to be White Gold to me. We have a 1993 216 Cabriolet in that colour. I think it is a very smart colour, and it disguises grey dirt very well !!
Our Rover is in Scotland and is used regularly when we are in Oban.

Good luck
Richard

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