Used Rover 25 Hatchback 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Advice for buyers

Rover 25 Hatchback (99 - 05)
  • Rover 25 Hatchback (99 - 05)
  • Rover 25 Hatchback (99 - 05)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Rover 25 hatchback?

The petrol engines are vulnerable to head gasket trouble if the coolant is allowed to get too low. Look for signs of overheating - make sure you take the car for an extended test drive to see - and check for oil leaks between the top and block of the engine. Also, inspect the inside of the oil filler - any milk-like emulsion there means trouble.

The steering arm bush can wear, which affects handling and makes the car chew through tyres quickly. Look for uneven wear and be sure the car tracks straight and turns smartly in to corners. Watch out for leaking dampers.