I would really like to have some details from the 200 XH VP on my 213, such as those lovely leather seats. Last week I saw ones on Ebay, but it would be impossible to get them here, to Portugal.
I would also like to try a 216 Vitesse. Those 103hp under the bonnet should be interesting
I will take photos of some 213s, if you want to.
Red_rover, I am really glad about my grandfather's choice. I simply love this car, and it will stay with me forever. There are too many good memories of it in my head, I couldn't get rid of it, even if I wanted to.
Besides that, there is something that i really enjoy in a car: exclusivity. I never saw someone of my age driving one of these, and there are so much wonderful details on the 213 that you can't see in a new car these days! There are no wood trims in the interior on the equivalent cars of its size (real wood, not fake!), or so much chrome finishes on the exterior as you can see in these Rovers. And also, I doubt that any new car would last as long as this one, without loosing all of its elegance!
This one just turned over 205 000kms! (about 120 000miles, if I'm not mistaken).
Wow, ZS 1.4, we don't have them here? Are the 105 bhp?
So many memories that 200 makes. Such a shame I haven't seen one in over 2 years- not even at shows, As far as I am aware there is no forum or owners club for them, unless with the Honda Ballade club?
Is that dash a photo edit or have you fitted the wood? It's looks factory fitted to me.
I think you don't have any ZS 1.4 in the UL, but I might be mistaken. It is a perfectly normal 45 1.4 103hp... With a sporty exterior and interior. :P
But, once again, in Portugal we rarely see a 45 petrol that isn't a 1.4, and in Britain I think that you have lots of 1.8s and so on. There are some 400 1.6, or 416 Tourers, but that's all!
I never heard of a non-1.4 ZS in Portugal, unfortunately.
I think that there is no 200mk1 owners club, as they aren't many of them left on the road (well, as I said before, I still see lots of them in here, but I know that they are quite rare in Britain). But that doesn't upset me at all. As I own other models already from the MG-Rover group, I sign up on those MG-R related forums, and there I also talk about my 213.
But that's really a shame, these 200s truly are great cars.
I've been away, once again, because I had to study.
But now I am back to the business, and I will try to participate a little more in this forum.
I also bring lots of news.
During the last days of May, my 213 overheated 6 times... In 8 days.
First, we thought that it was the radiator and expansion bottle leak, but ir wasn't enough. Then, we saw that the radiator fan cables weren't connected. Still, it overheated once more. Then I realised that de fan wouldn't turn on, even knowing that everything was connected. As my grandgather installed a "direct connection" to the fan, I turned it on permanently. Still, it got really really hot again. This time, it went to the red area, and we has to pull over.
When we (me and my mom) arrived home, and after the engine got cool, I filled it with coolant, and it simply got out from somewhere behind the engine.
Soon, we found that it had an enormous leak in a corroded metalic tube, under the intake manifold.
We went to Honda, and they said that they didn't had that tube. We went to an automotive parts store (I don't know how do you call it there), and they said that they didn't have it, as it wasn't produced anymore.
So, we anticipated something we had on our minds since last year.
We once had an Honda Concerto 1.4 GL (twin carb). It was immaculate, but my brother had an accident with it. We decided that fixing it wasn't a good idea, once it had several structure damage (and so we bought the 400 Tourer).
I had the privelege to be the last one to drive the 213 to the garage where we would change the engine.
And when I parked it, suddenly, a massive oil leak appeared. I guess that the D13 engine was really saying goodbye.
(That big spot on the floor is what I am talking about... It appeared in less than 5 minutes!)
A video to say goodbye to the Honda D13 engine (and to the rattling exhaust silencer :P):