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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

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It had the old L series engine to begin with and then gained the BMW engine.

Just before Rover went under they had developed their own common rail L series engine that was quieter than the BMW engine.
Obviously I'm approximately 45 years too young to drive a rover, but it is a shame that they went bust, and had become such a joke.
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

they could have stuck a 1.2 in the 75, you never see one going over 40
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What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

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I think the mk3 200/25 used rover engines, a solely rover body, a solely rover dashboard, the only part I'm unsure of is the platform.


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Platforms were carry overs from the Civic/Concerto days.

The last model 200 (25) was a new shell with a hotch-potch of bits from other cars bolted on, including bits from the last 200 which was jointly designed with Honda, but these were old parts and didn't work together in the new car very well making it a bit of a pig, reliability was shocking and rover started swapping bits about to try and create some semblance of a half decent car, they even pulled bits out of the old metro parts bin (the 200 was supposed to do away with the metro) in the end they went bust before managing to sort out all the problems, and being so far behind didn't help rover on the sales side of things either

Make no mistake though no rover is a Honda and nothing built by rover in the last 15 years is remotely comparable
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The last model 200 (25) was a new shell with a hitch-potch of bits from other cars bolted on, including bits from the last 200 which was jointly designed with Honda, but these were old parts and didn't work together in the new car very well making it a bit of a pig, reliability was shocking and rover started swapping bits about to try and create some semblance of a half decent car, they even pulled bits out of the old metro parts bin (the 200 was supposed to do away with the metro) in the end they went bust before managing to sort out all the problems, and being so far behind didn't help rover on the sales side of things either
On YouTube, there's a Top Gear clip from 1995 showing Quentin Willson roadtesting the 200, and he loved it!!
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Quentin Willson

Pretty much self explanatory
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New laptop is on order. Great upgrade from my old one. Also a great big money pit.


And car insurance. Yay to that.
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Pretty much self explanatory
He made up for it in 1999 though when he gave the mk2 Punto a good review, lol!
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After thinking about it mum has decided she doesn't want the rover after all the punto may have over 140,000 miles on it but is still going strong so she's going to keep it for now Click image for larger version

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After thinking about it mum has decided she doesn't want the rover after all the punto may have over 140,000 miles on it but is still going strong so she's going to keep it for now Attachment 155838
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After thinking about it mum has decided she doesn't want the rover after all the punto may have over 140,000 miles on it but is still going strong so she's going to keep it for now Attachment 155838
Amen! Getting a rover would've been a massive downgrade. Long live the Punto!
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Tell her we're all behind her. (Although we may not all help push)
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Tell her we're all behind her. (Although we may not all help push)

LMAO

We have started saving up some money to buy a five door punto for when the three door one dies (although that won't be for a while!)
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Ugh hate these guys.
Do a few basic repairs and sell it for a fully restored price like every other car they have ever featured in the show. I remember reading somewhere about 80% of sales fall through as soon as the cameras are turned off.
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