Looking for a Streetwise

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Looking for a Streetwise

#1 Post by Captainslow » Mon Nov 15, 2021 8:16 pm

Hi

I had a great chat with Jeremy Howson at the NEC last weekend as I am thinking about buying an everyday classic (I already have a Sunday dry days only "garage queen") but had to be cheap and interesting - hence a Streetwise.

He gave me some useful hints and tips and I have been looking on the internet etc and found a May 2006 registered Streetwise standard model with 2 long term owners and 43k miles. Not only are standard models pretty thin on the ground, this one was registered 13 months after Rover went bust? Anyhow, if anyone has any thoughts, they would be appreciated - I am up for a challenge! :laughing2

By the way I live in Lancashire, so if I do get one, I'll join up to the club and take it to some shows/meets etc. Rob

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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#2 Post by RoverRevival » Mon Nov 15, 2021 8:50 pm

My only issue with the streetwise is it’s a bit of a parts bin sweep out of all the cheap tat left behind from decent cars and then built on a budget. Couple that with the pitiful 84bhp 1.4 engine and it’s all show and no go.

There are a lot better cars to choose than the streetwise but that’s my 10p. I also don’t fit in sports seats so that won’t help either…*laughs*
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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#3 Post by 961tat » Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:01 pm

They also did the 2.0 diesel which is a cracking engine good on fuel and we be nippy in a streetwise :D
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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#4 Post by Lerich » Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:22 pm

The Streetwise was available with the 103ps 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 Stepspeed as well as the 84ps 1.4, if performance is a concern ;)

Build quality isn't amazing on the Streetwise as it was born at the height of MG Rover's cost cutting frenzy. But if you ignore the cheap materials and lack of refinement then you have a decent budget future classic that looks distinctive and modern even today.

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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#5 Post by itcaptainslow » Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:26 pm

RoverRevival wrote:
Mon Nov 15, 2021 8:50 pm
My only issue with the streetwise is it’s a bit of a parts bin sweep out of all the cheap tat left behind from decent cars and then built on a budget. Couple that with the pitiful 84bhp 1.4 engine and it’s all show and no go
They’re built no better or worse than any of the later MGR cars, being fair. And the 84bhp “issue” isn’t exactly the trickiest thing to sort… :D
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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#6 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:06 pm

There is a really nice condition diesel version on eBay at the moment, although I would be the first to admit that black paintwork doesn't show off a Streetwise to best effect because the chunky wheelarch mouldings and side rubbing strips tend to get lost in the overall blackness of everything.

I think the 06-registered one you mentioned may be the one that is coming up for auction soon. (RX06***?)
It is in the fantastic and rare Burnished Orange with the equally rare 'Target' interior fabric and body-coloured dash insert + door pulls. Being the 'basic' GLi version also adds interest to it, as very few were built before Rover 'went under'.
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#7 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:47 am

I quite like the Streetwise too, and would quite like to have one one day. There’s lots of cars I’d like to run for a year, this is one of them.
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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#8 Post by Captainslow » Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:43 pm

HI

Thanks to everyone who replied to my posting. Following a trawl thru some Rover based websites, I have drawn up a list of inspection points for me to look out for when I inspect the car tomorrow. As it is at the auction, I hope I can have access to the keys, check all the electrical stuff and start the engine. I'll keep you updated!!

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#9 Post by Captainslow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:02 am

Had a look at the auction car and I felt its condition did not warrant the guide price so put in a low proxy bid. The car sold for 2000 guid plus 12 per cent fees. I’m off to look at a 3 door Olympic model next week.😊

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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#10 Post by itcaptainslow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:38 am

Captainslow wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:02 am
Had a look at the auction car and I felt its condition did not warrant the guide price so put in a low proxy bid. The car sold for 2000 guid plus 12 per cent fees. I’m off to look at a 3 door Olympic model next week.😊
That’s really strong money for a Streetwise. It would have to be pretty exceptional to demand that.
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#11 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:16 pm

Secondhand car values are rising across the board, there is a supply problem of new cars, due to a semiconductor shortage.
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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#12 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:38 am

Mr Teddy Bear wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:16 pm
Secondhand car values are rising across the board, there is a supply problem of new cars, due to a semiconductor shortage.
Ah, the benefits of Globalisation! :*laughing my fat rear end off*
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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#13 Post by Captainslow » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:49 pm

The car I looked at has appeared on eBay for £2800
in Manchester :laughing . Happy to forward my inspection “report” if anyone fancies a bit of tyre kicking :D

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Re: Looking for a Streetwise

#14 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:28 pm

Captainslow wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:49 pm
The car I looked at has appeared on eBay for £2800
in Manchester :laughing . Happy to forward my inspection “report” if anyone fancies a bit of tyre kicking :D
Go on, PM it to me (if you don't want to post it on the open forum).
It will be interesting to compare it to the (almost) identical one that my wife owns!
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#15 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:12 pm

There’s on one on our Club’s very own FB sales page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1961444 ... 9103173665
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