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The Rover 1.8 club (automatic)has too many faults, i was going to buy one earlier this year but was advised not too by a good friend of mine, let me takes you through the faults that have been found on this overated vehicle.
1: Cam cover gaskets leaking due to torque relaxation in other words the bolts on the Cam Cover are always coming loose.
2: Head Gasket always blowing, causing oil and water to mix. this would be down to poor gasket design and cylinder heads warping.
3: Rear shock absorbers creaking. this is due to a manufacturing problem as Rover are now fitting modified shocks on all new cars.
4: Rear doors stick and are difficult to open. Door latch pivot point sticking.
5: Cam Seals leaking. This causes cambelt oil contamination which can weaken and lessen life of belt unless changed.
6: Water ingress. Drain channels in bulk head are getting blocked and water is filling scuttle panel, then via heater into passenger footwell.
1: Cental locking operates when the volume control is adjusted via the steering wheel controls.
2: MIL (maulfunction indicator lamp) coming on for no reason.
3: Coolent loss was a common problem on previous k series engines until modified inlet manifold gasket fitted.
Overall this car is very underpowered due to 1800cc engine and automatic cvt box in a very heavy car.
Although this is bad report the Rover 75 has good points due to BMW design.