Dear lord, OK, I will be more direct this time.
@Human89845524 Please stop with the constant BL comparisons and stuff man, as you can see people are finding it tiresome. I had hoped I’d got in early with a gentler reply but appears not.
As I say, love Rovers, but you have to take the view that if they were all perfect people wouldn’t have shat on them quite so much. The T series is a strong engine sure, but not a reliable one - they have head gasket issues as much as the K series, it just manifests differently. Yes, it produced too much beef for the PG1 but that was another usual Rover thing, the PG1 should never have been fitted to the turbo cars especially, it was just the “we have this lying around let’s use it” mentality they had with things.
People looking at Japanese stuff tend to want a car where they don’t need to constantly worry about head gaskets (lol, bad example), gearboxes, electrical issues, bad cooling systems - all of which were common things to Rovers right up til the end, even the much loved 75 was such a patchy thing despite being considered grand for a Rover.
To get back to the original point - as long as you go with the stereotypical Japanese stuff, you’re probably gonna have a good time, IS200 or otherwise. There aren’t many other routes to go with as much choice if your priority is reliability, and being a good base to start on with a massive array of mods at your disposal.