Rover 600 (1993 – 1999) Review

Rover 600 (1993 – 1999) At A Glance


+Smart-looking car, best with 2.3-litre engine, Honda Accord based and the most reliable Rover of its era.

-Lacklustre ride and handling, prone to rust, especially the inner rear wings, 'T-Series engines suffer head gasket trouble

Fans of the Rover 600 will tell you it’s a more stylish option, and of all the ‘Ronda’ collaborative cars, it’s the one that most successfully made the transition from Japanese to ‘British’. There’s no denying that the 600 remains a great looking, understated, saloon, which in the right colour can still turn heads. We’ll pass on cheap turbos now, unless they’re being passed from friend to friend, leaving us the staple 2.0-litre Honda-powered cars, which were offered in 113 and 129bhp form. Of the Hondas, there was also the 623 (which bizarrely gained a reputation for engine failure) and the later 618.

Things that go wrong are few and far between, and everyone knows about them. And they are – failing front window regulators; sticky rear calipers; body corrosion; rusty brake pipes. Get a nicely cherished 620 (and there’s still plenty around) without these issues – keep on top of it, learn to live with its thirst and uninspiring handling, and you’ll have a long and quite unmemorable relationship. And isn’t that what Bangernomics is all about?

Ask Honest John

Is my 1993 Rover 620 a future classic?

"This will seem like a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question, however, I thought I would ask nevertheless. I own and drive daily a 1993 Rover 620 GSi with 39,000 miles. I recently put the car back on the road after ten years laid up in a garage. With various small items it cost £900 to put it back on the road. Is this car ever going to be a classic? Lots of people say I shouldn't drive it every day because it will go up in value. Is this true? I cannot seem to find a reliable source of how much the car is worth. It's pretty immaculate with no rust. Will it ever be worth something or should i just drive it? "
We think the Rover 600 is well on its way to future classic status. The 1993-99 Rover 600 came about via the British car maker’s famous collaborative deal with Honda, following in the footsteps of the 200, 400 and 800 before it. The 600 was intended to bridge the gap between the 400 and the 800 flagships, and so basing it around the next-generation Honda Accord seemed ideal for both companies involved. Today, there's only about 100 of these left. Our advice? Use it and enjoy it.
Answered by Keith Moody
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