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Had a 600 for 4 years now and covered about 40k in it taking it up to 110k overall. Had absolutely no problems with it over that time. The car is 14 years old and the only sign of age is a slight indication of rust over one of the rear wheel arches. The car is perfect for our family on long journeys and we have taken it to the south of France and Switzerland on holidays where the only difficulty was keeping up with my friend's 3 litre Merc. We have managed to average over 50mpg with the diesel so the running costs have been minimal when also considering that I change the oil and filters. The ride is pleasant but there is a bit of wallow on sharp cornering. Otherwise I would highly recommend it as a cheap and reliable car that is quiet and comfortable to ride in.
had a white m-reg rover, done just under a quarter of a million miles, about 40000 of that on race tracks, still on its first engine. the car runs beautifully. its a 620sli manual. it has had the rev limiter taken off of it, and a few other bits done to it. the guy who owned it befor ehand worked for prodrive tuning so also did a little bit of work to it. i have a feeling it is outputting about 260 or more BHP.. had no problems with it at all, even left it on the driveway for 15 months after a small crash. repaired it myself. it started first time. its the a brilliant car and i wouldnt own another car until it goes wrong. and by the looks of things that wont be happening any time soon. the only complaint i have is the fact that the rear leg room is a little small for someone who is 6'2.
I haver now owned 5 Rover 600's, Two of which have been 620 SLI manuals, one 620 SI auto, one a 620 SLI auto and a 623 SLI auto. They have all impressed in terms of smooth running engines (all Honda on these models), durability and ease of obtaining reasonably priced parts when necessary. They are pleasant to drive, particularly in automatic form in my opinion. I would say the clutch and gearbox on the manuals are acceptable but not the best. a bit notchy and the clutch tends to be unforgiving. Generally well finished inside and out with notably good paint finish. These were painted at Oxford and the plant was very good. color match between panels is excellent when sourcing spares in the same colour which is very handy for bolt on panels. There is no need to run a tatty one as there are some really nice ones for silly money. My 623 auto with 48000 miles cost me £500 with 12 months Mot and 9 months tax. Rear brake calipers can be a pain an potentially a little expensive (about £80 each) and exhausts tend not to last too many years (rear box tends to rot out) but not too pricey. I find the 600 very pleasant but admittedly not exciting and I happen to think if well kept can look very elegant. Seats on post 95 models are much nicer in terms of panel designs - more traditionally english if that is what you are after and if you are driving a Rover by now then you probably are, and are more comfortable with height adjustment on the driver seat. Engines are simply brilliant and require no tuning or attention for very high mileages. They idle well and always sound healthy. You are never in doubt that you aare going to get to your destination. very likeable cars with above average looks and finish which heartily recommend at low prices (pay below £700 as anything more would be unecessary). Watch for rust on rear arches although if not too far gone will not be structural just unsightly and can be tidied up very easily and cheaply.
I've owned two of these, the first was a company car, the next, a secondhand purchase. Basically, this is a Honda Accord. Rover's part of their collabouration was in presentation and packaging something that as a Japanese company, Honda didn't know much about. Rover did make some changes to the car itself, the rear wings are the biggest difference. The last 600 I owned was 623GSi Auto, a secondhand bargain, ex company with a full Rover service history. Having owned two, I can honestly say the only thing of real expense that went wrong was a holed radiator as the air intakes to cool the radiation aren't meshed and a stone hit it off the road. That was £170. In the four years I had the two of them that was it. The 2L and 2.3L are twin cam and it had a belt change which I was surprised came to less than £250. As for ride, the GSi is a lot better than the other incarnations, they stiffened the chassis used different dampers and improved the suspension geometry. As a result it felt more direct and less likely to jump about on less than good roads. On a motorway, this car is a absolute cruiser, there is plenty of power available but being a Japanese engine, the power is shifted more to the higher rev bands of 4,500+ making maximum progress quite a noisy affair. It is a nice roar though, the kickdown on the auto was slightly stodgy but it didn't take long to get used to it. Top revs at 6,250. Basically 25 in 1st, 70 in 2nd, about 95 in 3rd and .... in 4th, I'm not saying ;) One thing I will say about the auto is they had a reputation of going through brake pads every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. They were cheap and easy to replace though. The engine was the well known and bombproof H23, a bit of a timewarp as Honda wouldn't let Rover use the 2.2 VVC engine for the 600. They feared it would steal Accord sales. As for the interior, it was all leather, the car was Oxford Blue with the Beige lea
ther, it was durable, easy to clean and smelt great !. The driver seat was fully adjustable and it had electric everything, as I said it all worked. For some unknown reason to me, the car had a sunroof and air-con, still it made summer days more enjoyable. I guess it would look a bit dated now but it was utterly functional and the switch made sense. The only one that had an odd placing was the hazard warning light switch was the furthest one away from the steering wheel. It had twin airbags as well, the brakes were good too, discs all round. As for running costs, the auto box was a penalty but I knew that when I bought it. Floor it and you will see an 8 sec 0-60 and a resultant lowish mpg. I think I managed between 25-29 mpg depending on driving style. The boot was cavernous and even carried a full sized spare. All in all, it was a nice secondhand buy and totally reliable, I put over 35,000 miles on the last one and took my first one over 85,000 miles with only tyres, brake pads etc required. I would have liked to get a 2L turbo which was a sub 7 secs Q car but in the end went for the new 75 instead.
A wolf in sheep's clothing - the ultimate Q car. I don't think there's a more understated performance saloon available. It's elegant subtle styling belies the 200BHP and 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds performance. The engine is superb. There is little or no lag from the turbo charger, and it just keeps going and going. Having said that, there are one or two problems. As with all Rovers, build quality isn't all that good - there are inevitable squeaks and ralles. The brakes are pretty hopeless, and prone to warping, and my gearbox has just had to be replaced (after 95,000 miles). It's a fantastic car, and you should be able to pick up a M plate for about £2500. Bargain.
Last year I parted with my rover 620Ti after 2 years of trouble free motoring. My car was a 1998 model and did 58,000 trouble free miles. My main feedback would be that it was a good reliable, cheap-to-run car considering the straight line performance that was on tap. The 0-60 time is about 7 secs which is pretty quick for a saloon and certainly means that lots of cars underestimate you when driving. It also looks quite inconspicious so doesn't attract too much attention. The disadvantage of the car is the handling which in the wet can be a bit of a handful. The ride tends to be unsettled over bumps and in the wet you can easily torque steer because it's front wheel drive. It's also a bit floaty round the corners compared to the best sports saloons although I found the ride quite firm. If I was buying another rover 600 I might have tried the 623 GSi instead which has a softer ride and the cream interior which I prefer - the 600ti is only available in a dark half leather interior which was fine if you like dark interiors. Inside, the car is nice with a lot of nice touches to distinguish it from the average rep-mobile. There is walnut on the doors and the gear surround, air conditioning, ABS and twin airbags on the 1998 model at least, power everything (but manual seats). The interior room is good with room for 4 adults or even 5 adults on a shortish journey. The interior noise is medium on the motorway - not as quiet at a Mercedes but quieter than a small car and I would say about average. Boot space was good and the rear seat splits and folds down for bigger items. Fuel economy wise I got about 29mpg although I did tend to drive it quite hard. I used to manage about 300 miles in between fill-ups if I drove slowly. The servicing costs were reasonable with the biggest cost being an exhaust from the dealer which cost me £400 (dealer part). I replaced 6 tyres in 55,000 miles at a cost of approximately
£80 each or therabouts. Make sure that you get an example where the owner has taken care of it though. I always used to idle mine for about 30sec to 1 minute after stopping to allow the turbo to cool down. Some people don't do that and then you're asking for trouble. One problem I did have actually was engaging the reverse gear. Sometimes it wouldn't go in properly and you would have to try again. I've read it's a common problem with the cars and it was a nuisance rather than a serious issue. Overall I was pleased with the car. It seemed well built and was cheap to own while I had it. It was certainly nicer than the mondeo or vectra which are the competing cars I guess in this class. The only reason I would not buy another rover is that I've bought a Jaguar instead now and I love my Jag more! But the rover was my second favourite saloon car.
I own a Rover 620ti for 5 years now. This car has a weird mixture of advantages and disadvanages. When you buy this car your buy a stylish rover which looks a bit sporty but not too much. Lowering the car 2" looks excellent but will get you in trouble as the car is quite long and with more than 2 people you will be scraping the tarmac. The car comes with a very good set of 16" alloy wheels which look quite elegant. If you want to make it look sporty replace them with 17" and 215/40/17 or 215/45/17. Although the car looks big the interior is very small in comparison, although you will not be having any problems with even 5 passengers. The high point of this car is its power! 200HP and 23Kgr of torque. Actually the power is almost 205HP and the torque 25, but Rover for marketing reason decided to go for lower torque figures on lower revs, showing that the car has none of the typical turbo lag, whcih is true anyway. Adding an air filter will make the engine breath more easily and will add you approximately 4-5HP. Do not "upgrade" under any circumstances your exhaust system, if you go for a more "free" one you will loose a lot of power on the lower revs due to the lack of enough backpressure and will gradually ruin your turbo. Also under no circustamnces increase the turbo pressure unless you re-chip the MEMS system in order to make the air/gas mixure better, as well as the advance in order to cope with the added power. The max you can get out of this car is 240HP with the turbo (Garett T25) working on 1bar (normal 0,45bar). Do not overdoit all the time though as the heat on the engine is extreme and will gradually ruin several components. The weird thing with my car is that after 5 years with I must admit rough sporty driving the main engine (piston, rings etc) is still perfect. The problems this car has is all the rest!! I have so far replaced 3 pumps for the hydraulic wheel system, 2 clu
tch pumps, 3 generators (dynamo) and lots of other bits and pieces. Be sure to replace all the smaller collars with silicon ones. I would reccomend this car to 2 shorts of drivers. Those who want a fast car but do not drive to the limits can buy it and will have many happy years with it. If you are a driver that will take the car to its limits then other buy it for a short period 6 months to 1 year and do so, don't forget this is a stylish but fast limo car, it's no Impreza or Evo...!
I've had this car approximately 3 months, and I have to say it's been great up to now. I liked the Rover 400 since hiring one a couple of years ago for a long trip, and always fancied one, but thought they would be out of my price range for a few years yet. I didn't know about the 620 at the time, and that they had been out in the new shape since 1993. So when I was looking for a new family car I was looking at Mondeo, Cavaliers etc, until I came across the 620. I couldn't beleive it was the same sort of shape as the newer 400, and when I had a test drive I was hooked. I bought a 1994 model 620SLi. It's basically the Honda Accord with some body mods for Rover (Rover/Honda have had a collaboration for years). I was impressed with the level of equipment in the car too. All electric, windows, sunroof, mirrors (heated too), aerial. Remote central locking and alarm arming. ABS Brakes, Height adjustable steering wheel. The list goes on... The boot is cavernous for a saloon car (and thats from someone who has just come from an estate), and has a remote lever next to the drivers seat for opening boot or fuel flap. A nice addition is being able to lock these levers so car theives can't break in through the window and open the boot from inside the car. The only thing I miss is a rear wiper, having had hatchbacks and an estate the last few cars. I find the car has plenty of power for me around 140BHP I think, which is a lot more than the Sierra I've just got rid of, and I find it very responsive and lively, with good engine braking going downhill. I'm also pleased with the MPG considering it is a 2 litre. I reckon I get 35-40 on a run. It also has a nice shape, similar to the BMW 3 series but a whole lot cheaper. The only downside I've found recently with the damp weather coming, is a tendency for the windows to mist up very easily due to the shallow rake of the windscreens. Howe
ver the heating system is very good and soon clears it. A good sized attractive family saloon.
Aw, my baby. A 1996 Rover 620ti - with a few modifications, but why do I need to tell you this? Because I set out to buy a sporty 2-seater with all the trimmings, ran out of time and wound up with a Rover 620ti on an M plate. Not quite the sportiest number you might say? Essentially I should have been disappointed. I'd been viewing Mitsubishi FTO's and MR2's until finally I was left signing on the dotted for an "old man Sunday special". I say *should* have been disappointed because I'm not. With a little TLC, the power and grace of this vehicle has been honed into a fine cruiser. Delivering over 220BHP (and a little more with my mods) most are left behind when I press down, but the real treat is having this power wrapped in a luxurious saloon with all the trimmings. All electric, ABS, twin airbags, lots of other stuff essential to a comfy motorway journey. Some clever design has gone into this Honda Accord based machine such as pivoting the whole engine on a hydrolic arm to deliver a smooth acceleration. Things like this are not commonplace in all motors. I've found my 620 to be reliable over the past 1 1/2 years and having taken it apart and put it back together, I can vouch for the quality of construction. There are loads of kits and modifications available for Rovers beleive it or not, check out www.moto-build.com and www.mynheer.co.uk for a few examples. If you are toying with the idea of a BMW 318is or similar, take a look at a Rover 620ti, add the cost of a little de-chroming, a couple of grand to drop it down low and slap on a kit and you will be left with a vehicle set to turn heads and get you from A-B toot sweet :-)
This car has to be one of the dullest cars I have driven since the Granada. Aesthetically from the outside it is reasonably attractive(unless you have the most basic model),but once you climb inside and notice all the garish fake wood veneer mixed with chrome it spoils the impression achieved by the outside appearance.Start the engine and of you go (slowly).Supposedly this model is the sports injection (si)but what it is injecting must be a barbiturate because it is so slow.The handling is reasonable but nothing so fabulous to leave a lasting impression.Overall this car bored me so much I had to get the defribulator out because my heart had stoped beating.I havent driven the turbo version but i`m sure it`s a hell of a lot better than this one.Never ever purchase one 1/10!