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ROVER 600 Saloon 1993‑2000
14 owner reviews for ROVER 600 Saloon 1993‑2000
Still going strong
ROVER 600 620 SLDi 4dr (Review date: 4th October '13)
15 years old and still going strong. Currently do 100 miles a day and am getting 55mpg from the L series diesel engine. Apart from tyres and brake pads nothing ever needs replacing. It is still very comfortable and pleasant to drive even with 150k on the clock.
The bodywork is still in excellent condition and the car could pass for just a few years old. Only wish it had a bit more power sometimes as 2.0L diesels have much more kick these days.
Rover 618il-Honda engine-registered Sept.1999
ROVER 600 618i L 4dr Auto (Review date: 12th March '12)
Have had this car for over 8 years,it has almost 97,000 miles on theclock(17,650 when I bought it in 1994),I travel 200-300 miles per week,apart from the usual tyres,exhaust,oil & filters I have only fitted one set of brakes & a solenoid in all that time,it has always started first time whatever the weather.It has a very spacious boot,drives very smoothly,rides the speed bumps vitually as if they weren't there.My passengers always comment on how comfortable the seats are & how enjoyable the ride is,even on long journeys.i use it daily,travel 20 miles each day to work,,it is easy to drive,not fast on acceleration until you hit 55-60 mph,but it is a great motorway cruiser rather than a boy-racer's motor,easy to drive around town,it does roughly 30mpg combined.the only cons I have found are the window regulators have had to be replaced as the windows can pop out,although you can normally find them easily,& the remote fob for the doors are not well made,the buttons tend to erode,athough these are easy to find,but beware,some fobs are different inside so make sure you can return them if they are not right,but overall it is a great car,I would recommend this to anyone who wants a car that is lovely to drive,practical for a family or travelling salesperson or someone who has to travel 20+ miles to work,make sure it has the Honda engine ,as people have told me others aren't as reliable.To finish I would honestly say that I will never part with this car as long as it is driveable,people don't believe me when I say if I won the Lottery,I would keep this car,& make it look like new,but I honestly would,it is like a part of me(although I would buy a sports car as well).
It's brilliant, but at the same time awful.
ROVER 600 623 GSi 4dr Auto (Review date: 10th July '11)
I really don't know what to think of this car. The 2.3-litre Honda Prelude engine is powerful enough - it has about 150bhp. It's comfortable, thanks to the not-bad suspension and the excellent seats. It's practical, thanks to a long boot and tonnes of rear legroom. It's averagely economical, considering it's a quite big car with a decent sized engine and an auto 'box. To drive every day it is extremely easy. The only real issue is reliability - the exhaust is prone to problems, the distributor dies quite often, and it can get a bit tappety after about 50k miles. And another thing, it WILL always fail it's MOT. Apart from the Rover-ish reliability, it should be good. So why didn't I like it?
Firstly, the automatic gearbox. It is jerkier than you could possibly imagine. It's a good job it only has 4 gears. Also, if you suddenly put your foot down to overtake, the kickdown takes forever. By the time it actually does, the chances are something has gone wrong with it. And here's a tip - DO NOT use the manual selection mode. It takes much, much longer to change gear even than the auto mode. You may also find that the gearbox changes gear when you really don't want it to - if you're on a motorway doing motorway cruising speeds comfortably on a long, relaxing journey, the very last thing you want is for it to change into 3rd gear for absolutely no reason whatsoever, which it sometimes did.
The other big problem is the way it feels to drive. When you're on country roads you want it to be a pleasure to drive, but it isn't. It has such a bland feel to it. It's not that it's slow, because it really isn't, it's just boring. The steering feels numb, it understeers a bit, and the brakes have 2 settings - off or smash-your-head-on-the-windscreen. So it's good for grandads to drive, apart from the brakes. Which are good for nothing.
So it's a good car - cheap, well-equipped, comfortable and quick. But it's also terrible - bland, head-smashing, unreliable and it has a dire gearbox.
ROVER 600 618 Si 4dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)
Tony from Kent
ROVER 600 620 Si 4dr (Review date: 29th April '11)
I bought my 1996 car 2 years ago for £550. Car is very reliable and comfortable and has passed 2 MOT's with no advices or work needed, only thing that lets her down is 1 rear wheel arch is rusting quite badly but £550 for 2 years trouble free motoring so far is good as far as I'm concerned.Long live the Rover!
ROVER 600 620 SLDi 4dr [SR] (Review date: 16th April '11)
Had a diesel version for 3 years and so far have had trouble free motoring. I declared the car sorn last year but recently needed it again and it started first time after 12 months. The diesel engine manages 50mpg and is relatively quiet and smooth. The ride is a bit soft for heavy cornering but is great as a long distance cruiser.
Just starting to get one or two small bubbles of rust around one of the rear wheel arches but otherwise its still immaculate. A lovely car.
KEITH OF LYTHAM
ROVER 600 620 Si 4dr (Review date: 27th March '11)
1998 ROVER with 2.0L Honda engine 4 speed automatic . A pleasure to drive. A good tow car, but reluctantly had to sell, because it was under weight for my new heavier caravan.
Owned the car for 12 years. Kept it well maintained. Will be good for many years to come.The new owner was very pleased.
Only negative was the 25 or so MPG,but the car sold on the first day of the Auto Trader advertisement.
ROVER 600 620 SLi 4dr (Review date: 18th March '11)
this car surprised me for running 2 years on the road, averagely the car was on the road doing minimum of 20 miles every 2 days since 2009 february and has not been serviced. i only topped up the oil about 4 times. but it is expensive on the tax and insurance. however the fuel consumption is moderate.
620 Ti The under estimated Q Car
ROVER 600 620 ti 4dr (Review date: 6th March '11)
Having owned this car for over 10 years, it has given me much pleasure, the comfort and reliability has been excellent. Its 0-60 time speaks for itself 7.1 sec's. Many, a shall we say boy racer has been stunned buy its performance, expecting a granddad behind the wheel !!!!. The only down side is it's group 17 insurance. If you can find one in good condition with full service history buy it...it will surprise you...a 4 door family performance car for a pocket money price...
mr john perry
ROVER 600 620 Si 4dr Auto (Review date: 1st March '11)