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.
Build quality on some cars is iffy. Keep an eye out for sticking boot locks, dodgy central locking, faulty electric windows, leaking seals and rusty hinges inside the boot. Give all the electrical kit a thorough going over, too, because Warranty Direct indicates that this is a particular weakness.