What should I look for in a used Rover 45 hatchback?
It may surprise you to learn that the British-built Rover 45 held its head relatively high in the What Car? JD Power customer satisfaction surveys: it has managed a mid-table finish.
Of course, the 45's not without its problems, and blown head gaskets on four-cylinder petrol engines are not an uncommon fault. The tell-tale signs include a dipstick that looks like it's coated in mayonnaise.
Even if you buy a sound engine, check regularly for water leaks because the coolant capacity was never really big enough and the fluid can drain away all too quickly, leading to problems.
The front suspension can be prone to faults, too, and needs checking thoroughly before you buy a 45. Loose trim and faulty electrics can also cause frustration if not spotted before the cash is handed over.