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Rover Streetwise (2003 - 2005)

5

SE 20TD SE 3dr

reviewed by Dougguy on 11 February 2011
5
Overall rating
5
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
4
Running costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the garage or specialist
3
How practical it is
2
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Loads of fun

I don't own it now, but I bought this car in 2005 a mere 18 months old. It was a managers car in Longbridge, so Rover owned it before. What can I say, I know it's a Rover but it's heaps of fun, the torqey 2.0TD Will have you laughing all the way up steep hills. An impressive 0-60 in 9.5 seconds, but I suspect it may be slightly faster than that. Reliability, excellent, never let me down, even when it sat in my garage for 2 months when I got a company car, it roared into life with no problems at all. Always sailed through MOT's - Servicing costs roughly £250 per year. £155 a year tax. Fuel economy good when driving economically, but that never happens as your having far too much fun with the torqey 20TD engine! Looks - you either love it or hate it, but I think the styling is better than the 25 and more distinctive than the ZR, prepare for slaggings from your mates due to it's unorthodox looks. Steering, precise, good - suspension quite hard. Jacked up suspension to tackle those pesky speed bumps, but you still go over them slow to avoid the spine jarring sensation. Engine a bit crude and noisy, but very reliable, oil consumption normal. Gears - good, but watch out for the knob coming off the stick (classic rover build quality). Interior, lovely. Half leather, but that's mostly in the back where you won't be, pvc with net trimming in the front, lovely nice thick steering wheel. Lots of cheap plasticky bits of trim come off by the bucketload, door panels liable to come away as well. A/C stopped working after 2 years, drivers window tended to slow halfway down and speed up when opening/closing due to the trim warping, electric window buttons not ideally placed (down at the seatbelts) and switches feel very flimsy. Has a tendancy to eat front tyres, replacements not cheap. Doors seem enormous. Older gentry have some difficulty getting in and out the back, and in some instances, sprightly youngsters. Boot space, laughable, but that's not why you'd buy it. Sold it on to a friend, and it has sailed through every MOT since, remained at the £250 service price and has only needed tyres, new exhaust and a clutch assembly. I've owned a couple of Rovers, and whilst resplendent with many niggles, all have proved to be reliable. I'd definitely buy another Diesel Streetwise if it was in good nick, given that Rover as we knew it, is dead.

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