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What is the best Rover 400 model to buy?

I am thinking about buying a Rover 400. Is there a particularly good model or year? Is there a scheme or way of checking that a car is in reasonable condition before buying.

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Which model you go for will depend on what's available and how you're planning to use it so decide on an engine based on your needs. The most important checks are the head gasket (look for a low coolant level or a creamy ‘mayonnaise’ substance on the dipstick) and rust on the front floors and rear of the sills. Lots of expert advice here: www.rover200.org.uk. (Rover 200 and 400 owners' club).
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