Rover 620 ti buying advice please
Ive found a Rover 600 620 ti for £2999, in perfect condition, with only 62k on the clock! Has had all the major services, new cam belt at 60k etc, recently Mot'd, recent new tyres, pads and discs and a recently new exhaust... also i checked and its totally clean on hpi!
Unfortunatly its 80 miles up the M6 in warrington (im just south of bham) so ive got to wait until saturday to go see it, but i will be going armed with all 3k and will not hesitate to buy if its in good condition. Just gotta pray it doesnt sell before then.
Gosh im so excited , its like a cross between buckingham palace and the millenium falcon!
What should I look out for? Has anyone got any tips for when i look at and test drive the car?
any advice is much apreciated. Thanks!
Join Date: Jan 2004
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I'm on my second ti - worth checking the air-con works - expensive to fix. Make sure it gets properly warmed up on your test drive and listen for gearbox noise. Check around the engine for oil to see if any gaskets leaking. If the tyres are new that's a bonus as you tend to go through them fairly quickly when you've got 200bhp in a front wheel drive car Also check the front electric windows - the drivers side has gone wrong on both my ti's - it's £100 plus to get a new regulator fitted.
Hope that helps!
Join Date: Nov 2002
Car: BMW 330d M-Sport
Main things to check on that mileage would be the gearbox and clutch. Make sure the box is smooth and quiet in operation. Look under the car where the drive shafts enter the gearbox - if there is any oil leaks in this area it can be expensive.
Check for oil leaks around the cylinder head although being a 1999 car it will have the better Klinger head gasket that is not prone to leak.
Check all the electical items - they can be expensive to fix.
Test drive the car and, once warm, floor it. Make sure the car accelerates well and in a straight line - you should get a real push at 2500rpm - if it's much later then there may be turbo problems.
Also check the brakes, even though they have been replaced they still warp the disks very quickly. Make sure there is no vibration through the steering wheel under heavy braking. Also make sure that the ABS light comes on when you start the engine and then goes off within 3 seconds. ABS faults are expensive and it has been know for people to remove the warning bulb to hide the fault.
Listen to the engine on tick over - make sure it's not too "tappy". They should be no smoke out the back of course!
But - if at all possible - take someone with you who knows about these cars - it could save you a lot of money. If iit was a bit closer i would offer!
In all fairness it does sound a nice one but buyer beware......if you get it wrong it can be expensive.
Last edited by Ti Rich; 06-01-2004 at 18:53.
Join Date: Nov 2003
Car: Rover 600
I love my Ti and would have to say that it is so much luxury fun for the relatively low cost.One thing to ask is if the gent lets the car idle after driving it for a time as this will show if he knows how to treat a turbo ,if not there could be a build up of cooked oil in the turbo supply . other than that make sure he has all the stamps for his service history as on this car any dodgy servicing can be a nightmare.
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