So, some more backstory now that I have time.
For those of you who don’t know, here’s some key points. MG Rover was an English company that went bust in 2005. Long story short, the Chinese bought the MG brand and Rover went to Ford and then to Tata. Rover was once a very popular brand over here, but towards the end of its life it suffered from a very negative reputation, mostly caused by the motoring press. One of the final nails in the coffin for Rover was the infamous “K-Series” engine, which had a reputation for blowing headgaskets very often and also is, funnily enough, the engine that this car has.
Unfortunately, Rovers still have the same negative reputation today that they did nearly 2 decades ago. They are often perceived as cars for old people, and they are also perceived as being extremely unreliable.
This, however, works in my favor because I couldn’t care less what people think of my car, and I got this car for approximately half of what it should be worth, paying a whopping £400.
Now, about my car. I bought it totally sight unseen off eBay on Wednesday whilst at school, and I had it delivered yesterday. I’ve wanted a Rover for quite some time now, and I was waiting for the right one to come along and upon seeing it for the first time (of course, as it was being delivered), I knew I’d lucked out. It has the original Rover dealership license plates, mats, service book, both original keys and keyfobs, original dealer wallet thing for the service book and other such stuff, original business cards and other weird bits of memorabilia.
The car is a 2003 Rover 25 in “Impression S” trim, finished in Copperleaf Red Pearlescent. The engine is a 1.4L K-Series unit that has already had the headgasket done and the head skimmed, so I don’t really expect HGF for a long time, if at all. It’s a 1 owner from new car and it’s done just 55,000 miles in 14 years. In this trim (going by original book figures), the 1.4 K-Series makes 84PS @ 6000 RPM, however in other trims and in all MG ZRs, the 1.4 makes 105PS @ 6000 RPM. The 84PS unit has plastic bits inside the throttle body, which limits the butterfly valve from opening up all the way (and of course the throttle cable is shorter), so the higher power can be achieved by either removing these plastic bits or by swapping the throttle body over to the derestricted one and by getting the longer cable. Finally, 0-60 for the 84PS unit equipped 25s is 11.8s and 10.2s for the 103PS units. Other engine options for the 25 were the not so popular 1.1, the slightly more popular 1.6, the 1.8 (found in the GTi version) and the 2.0 “L”-Series turbodiesel.
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of people seem to think that these cars are for “old people”, which to be honest I find to be complete bollocks. Sure, the looks aren’t everyone’s thing but I think they’ve got a kind of… hidden aggressive tone to them. But, I’m not going to let other people decide what I should and shouldn’t like, so
Faster than the average Corsa and with a bangin Blaupunkt stereo for your tunes, the Rover 25 could’ve and should’ve been more popular among young buyers in my opinion.
Following on from that, this particular car is quite interesting as it seems to have borrowed quite a few bits from 2004’s facelifted version. Two examples you can see in this photo are the radio and the gauges. The radio should’ve been a Phillips unit, not a Blaupunkt one, and the gauges should’ve been the older style black gauges rather than the white ones. It is entirely possible that this car might have even borrowed the whole wiring harness from the facelift 25 before it was even released. British cars, huh?
Anyway, I think that’ll do for now. I’m going to try and give it a properly good clean when I can and I’ll take some more photos after it for anybody who might be interested in this thing.