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    Rover 25 1.8 VVC...

    Spotted one of these on the road today and it's under-stated so it got me interested. Checked into it and found an x reg on autotrader for £3500 and it has half leather etc.

    I've loved rovers since my first car, a metro and this sounds a bit like that, plus if I sold it my car is hopefully worth more and I'd stand to make on it.

    It's insurance group 15 though!

    Any views on this car?
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    Dont touch it with a ten foot bargepole with osama bin laden on the end!

    I used to work for a Rover dealer and myself and a mate have owned a fair few between us,

    Rover 218 and 25 VVC has the same engine in your standard run of the mill MGF 1.8,

    Faults
    Head gaskets are soft and go very easily
    water pump needs constant replacement
    trims are flimsy and will come off in your hand
    water leaks from door seals and boot seals
    poor ride quality,
    handling is non existent
    ECU decides to throw up Errors unknown to rover


    Good points..
    seats are comfortable
    and the inlet manifold fromthe VVC can be changed for the Manifold of the MGF Trophy taking you straight to 150bhp from 130bhp and a remap will add slightly more to it...

    not much else to say... if you do getone make sure the following recalls have been done aswell

    Coolant (wrong coolant was in the car)
    Suspension (frotn and rear strut need to be changed)
    and a door trim recall ( trim kept falling off doesnt make difference new on will do the same)
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    lol ok that's that idea most definitely out of the window... thanks for saving me a lot of hassle
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    isnt the vvc in the MG 160bhp?

    cos it was when i test drove/looked at one

    oh an dthe gearboxes tend to vapourise after time as thats what happened in my 1.4 16v
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    lol... getting worse
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    I think Lord Nikon had a 1.8vvc MG ZR

    he might be able to fill you in on the good/bad points better than us

    as my one was an S reg so they may have pulled their sox up a little
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    it's a rover so probably not lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigA16
    isnt the vvc in the MG 160bhp?

    cos it was when i test drove/looked at one

    oh an dthe gearboxes tend to vapourise after time as thats what happened in my 1.4 16v

    The 160 engine is a reworked Trophy engine Craig IIRC all the 1.8s are VVC's with just different mods..

    the 130bhp is standard
    the 150bhp engine found in the trophy has a different Throttle body
    the 160bhp in MG ZR is the same as the trophy but with a different ECU IIRC

    Gearboxes are really bad for stuffing up IIRC it's normally the synchromesh on the 2nd 3rd and 4th gears...

    if you do get a good 218/25VVC the throttle body mod is a must you feel the difference straight away, but imho i'd stay clear and get something that wont cos you alot of money each MOT..

    Also i should mention that Rear trailing arm bushes go on them constantly.. they go so often on all rovers the Part number is imprinted on my brain for the most common... RGX10080 Rover 200 series bush
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    They sound awful... I think i'll steer clear.

    Thanks for all the info fellas.
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    no problem mate..

    the problem with them is they are just rushed, no time taken at all and they have never really bothered about Quality.. Even the flagship 75 has major faults with it..
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