Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
Hi,

I am going to look at a Rover 825 Coupe with my father in law tonight.
I am not mechanically minded at all.
The car in question is a Rover 825 Coupe Sterling Auto
1997 P reg.
102000 miles
Full leathers,wood,air con etc (I think sterling is the top of range)

What are the pros and cons of this model in the rear world?
Any pointers I should look out for?
Having never driven an auto what should I look out for?

The asking price is £1500. The car has got MOT while november and is currently out of tax. It has a full rover history and is described as immaculate. Is the asking price reasonable?

Thanks In Advance

Mike
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - DieselBoy
I'm also no mechanic, but £1500 seems a bit overpriced to me.

As it's an auto, make sure the box is nice and quiet and it selects all gears (don't forget reverse!) easily. Make sure that all the electrics work as they should - take time to test everything thoroughly.

800s have a habit of rusting, but I think the later ones might be okay. Take your time to inspect everywhere.

Oh, and don't forget your cloth cap ;-)
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - tr7v8
Umm, early KV6. Most of the development seems to have been done on the buyers!
Recalled for rework to the factory to cure head gasket issues. Cambelt is due at 72,000 & is a MAJOR job make sure it's been done, 825 is easier than 75 but still cramped.
Everyone I've known with 800's has had ABS faults & none have cost less than £ 350 to fix. So make sure ABS light comes on with ignition on & goes off & STAYS off once moving. Prone to bills worth more than the car is worth but people I've known with them have loved them.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
SORRY!!!!
Actually the car is a very late (December)1997 R reg
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - landmarked
If not mechanically minded, avoid like the plague - early KV6 engines fitted to the 800s are extremely fragile - see car-by-car breakdown or www.austin-rover.co.uk/index.htm?enginekseriesf.htm for more details.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Sprice
Various reliability issues with these, and generally unliked. Way overpriced. Save yourself a headache and spend on something FAR better such as a Honda Accord, Camry etc.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Stuartli
Sorry, but I have to agree with the advice to think very carefully before buying an 800 Series.

Also represent a poor handling version of a barge...:-)

Now if it had been a 75....
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Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Roger Jones
With reference to the point made above about the early 2.5 engines, it seems that the later ones are no better:

"Best to avoid an 800 2.5KV6 entirely." (Car-by-Car Breakdown)
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Pugugly {P}
Omega.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
£1500 is a shocking amount to spend on a really carp car with nothing to commend it. I doubt it's worth more than £500, on a good day with 12 month MoT and in sensible condition.

What do you need from a car? What attracted you to the Rover?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - madf
DON'T

Why?
It may be cheap to buy BUT:
Very unreliable. Accent the VERY.
VERY expensive to maintain. Cambelt change requires specialist tools. £500plus.
Engine is unreliable...
Body rots.
Electrics are carp.

And finally it's not a nice car to drive.

(and I have driven 3.. by decree as company car).

Rubbish car. rubbish experience.

A money pit.

madf
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
I knew rovers were genrally bad....but this bad
I will tell him all your views.
But surely its got top luxury.

SO how is it worth then?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
SORRY ANOTHER UPDATE,
having spoken to FIL he has now told me its been converted to run on LPG by a professional intaller.
does this make the car more deisirable?
Surely with lpg it will be economical
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
The nightmare continues! Is the firm that did the gas conversion still in business? This car is not highly thought with one fuel system, never mind two! I might be more economical but it will be a lot less desirable IMHO.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Sprice
They are not what you'd call a desirable car, whatever their fuel system. There are better cars as stated with similar levels of kit (and don't forget, if you need new parts for a Rover 800, such as interior trim etc, you will find it difficult to obtain as the deaqlers are no more!)

Toyota Camry, Nissan QX, Honda Accord can be had for similar money, and have decent levels of kit.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
FIL seems to have fallen in love with the motor.
I have told him all about it but he says it all rubbish talk about rovers being unreliable. He saying its cause rover have shut down.
Oh oh....seems like I got a problem on my hands.
What do i do...hes in love with the motorwiths its leather,cruise etc!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Sprice
Well, if he's hell bent on having it, at least tell him to offer less than its advertised for, and see if they accept (probably will as they must know its overpriced)! I wouldn't want it personally though, even for £500.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
A fool and his money are still very easily parted, it seems.

What does FiL actually need from a car? If he's old enough to be yr FiL he probably needs a safe, realible box that gets from A to B without guzzling too much gas.

The Japanese make such good cars - what about a top end Primera - think some came with leather? The aircon on a car like the Rover could break any day, and cost more than the car is worth to fix. Same is true of the electrics (and the driver's window not working is an MoT failure). If he know nothing about cars then he won't be able to fix it himelf -> £1500 down the pan......
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - landmarked
You could also remind him that this is a 10-year-old executive car with 100K on the clock, and that any such purchase is likely to involve big bills not far down the road - regardless of how reliable (or otherwise) he considers the manufacturer to be.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
How about:

tinyurl.com/e5mhr - 1997 NISSAN PRIMERA 2.0 16V SE 5dr Hatchback, Blue 52700 miles, R-reg. automatic,one previous owner,MOT to Feb,07, 6xCD Changer,sun-roof, heated leather seats,alloys,air-con. adjustable steering column, power steering, etc. £995

Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
very nice primer indeed.
Try telling him that.
I think that thr 800 coupe is a fairly nice looker (in an odd way) and hes in love with it. Coupled with cream leather seats,wood etc, he totally in love with it.
He got the £1500 cash ready to hand over...OMG
Well its his money and ive tried to change his opinion and he wont :)
So what should I look out for on the car now that hes definitely buying it unless i CAN SHOW HIM MAJOR PROBLEMS!

Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
Is yr FiL going through some kind of mid-life crisis? Is he trying to re-capture an earlier period in his life when cream leather, wood etc. was the epitome of Surbiton-like success?

Tell him to wake up, smell the coffee, and ask him if he can afoord to chuck away £1500?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
Get him to have an AA or other professional pre-sale inspection done on it. Almost anything going wrong with this car is going to cost a lot of money, if it is even fixable. Some spares could actually be unobtainable. The reasons for not buying it are overwhelming - if he is going to go ahead anyway you might as well let him get on with it and try not to say "I told you so" if there is a disaster! It wasn't just you warning him off - it was all of us!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
1995 Rover 827i Coupe finished in Gold.

All Electric with full Beige Leather Interior

Needs an exhaust and rear brakes for the MOT.

Excellent runner. Luxury driving for a bargain price.

This car is on e bay and has attracted 5 bids, of which the highest is £82 - enough said!!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Sprice
I repeat: At least advise FiL to offer less than £1500, maybe £1000? Nothing to lose, and only a potential nightmare to gain it seems!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Sprice
Agreed Armitage, and at least the 2.7 is a Honda unit!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
It would seem that FiL is not the only fan of the beast: this tinyurl.com/fc9zv went for £3,999 .....
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
4k for a rover!!!!!!
1500 quid seems a bargain now!!
Is there a cult following for the coupe sterlings?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - stunorthants
For that money, id get a low mileage cosseted 827 coupe and avoid the 825 like the plague and I worked for Rover dealer and thats what any Rover mechanic would tell ya an all. Only buy Rovers powered by Honda!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - stunorthants
Infact, better still, should have found him a Honda Legend Coupe as he obviously doesnt enjoy driving, so its a good retirement wagon.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
If you FIL still isn't convinced I suggest that you check the price and availibilty of a few likely spares and consumables. Try wheel bearings, a windscreen,a headlight unit and an air conditioning pump and condenser. That should come to about £1000 and he could need them at the next MOT if he is unlucky.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
Cut and paste from another HJ thread re Rover. The 25 is a lot newer that the 800!

"Apparently there are no rover 25 central locking motors in the country - he has a list of ten people waiting to pick one up as soon as available. " And this is just one dealer - how many are wanted countrywide?

Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Collos25
I think some people are confusing the coupe with the 4 door fast back , a 2 door coupe in good condition is worth good money Honda engined ,full leather etc.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
yes apparently the 2 door coupe is quite rare.
not many around.
maybe getting classic status soon?
do these cars drive smooth?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Thommo
If petrol with 12 months ticket £500 max. although I wouldn't buy it an any price.

LPG conversions. WALK AWAY. Unless you are a specialist or employee a specialist to check it you have no idea if this was done right.

Plenty of luxobarges on Autotrader for £1,500 just do a search.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - SpamCan61 {P}
Like PU said earlier up thread, if you want a big, old, cheap luxobarge get an Omega - at least you can get the spare parts for them. LPG conversion just sounds like a whole unecessary potential world of pain, unless FiL does intergalatic mileages....
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - bell boy
I think FIL should buy it ,cracking cars absolutely nothing will go wrong with,it the dealer backup is first class,lpg conversion as well absolutely cracking idea on that engine....

get it bought tell him and its too cheap at £1500

now wheres me medicine...........nurse ,nurse.........
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - 1066
if you've told him about the cars problems and how way overpriced it is, then now is the time to run in the opposite direction and offer no more oppinions on the car as no doubt when it goes very wrong, and it will, none of it can be blamed on you.

i see a few of the coupes about and if everything works id pay 400-500 but at this age i wouldnt touch it with lpg conversion.

buy a qx or camry.. much much better cars
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - madf
For £1500 he can buy a Mercedes.. And he'll get spares backup as well.
Or an early XJ6.

That is if he wants prestige motring

Whatever a Rover 800 coupe is, prestige it ain't






madf
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
Does FiL live in some sheltered backwater where time has stood still for a couple of decades? Perhaps in his neck of the woods the Rover 800 Coupe is seen as being a status symbol. Does he bear any resemblance to the Ray Say character, played by Michael Caine in Little Voice?

I really think we should be told. Watch out for white patent shoes, flared trousers rather to tight round the backside, bright satin shirts with wide collars, rather too much hairy chest displayed, and an excess of chunky gold bracelets, neckchains etc., plus a dodgy mullet.

There's a lad (in his 50s) round here who drives an early 80s 500 SEC in white who may be related.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Collos25
A 2 door coupe IS a head turner if its in good condition and fetch good prices and are increasingly hard to find.They were built as I remember buy Honda not Rover .You will certainly not lose money on one unlike the four door version.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
> A 2 door coupe IS a head turner

But not for the reasons the owner would wish.....
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Collos25
The market rules and they fetch good money 1k upwards to 3k and they sell well,I sold one in Auto trader and wished I had a warehouse full.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
Which model did you sell...age,mileage etc?
How much did you get for it if you dont mind me asking!!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
The car is Rover Engined (only 2.7s were Honda) according to car by car breakdown.
In my opinion its a very good looker.
what do others think.
I know they are unreliable but im sure if you look after them and service them they not too bad.
Must be plenty in the scrappers as the 800 was in production for a long time
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
I know they are unreliable (= Money to spend) but im sure if you look after them (costs time and money)and service them they are not too bad (Cost money and who wants "not too bad" in their lives.)
Must be plenty in the scrappers as the 800 was in production for a long time (Does FIL want to be trekking round scrappies and if the Rover is broken down how will he get there?

He wants it, nobody here has one good word to say about the car unless it is 2 door and Honda engined. You have had around 24 replies, and many from people who know facts as opposed to having opinions. Go ahead and get it bought and then tell us how it is going. First big problem before the end of August for my betting money! He wants the thing I think you agree with him!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Collos25
A better financial purchase than a 740 BMW in a previous post.You can sell Rover coupes but you would struggle with a big beamer.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
The 740 owner was trying to sell it, ISTR, not buy one. If he'd asked the same Q, we'd have given the same answer.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - madf
I think they look luverrlly

But parts in scrappies for a coupe with unique body panels and different suspension/engine etc?

As much chance of finding anything compatible as of finding a competent truthful politician:-(
madf
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - tanvir
They are pretty cars, but please go for the 820 Turbo Vitesse! The KV6 as fitted to the 800 was fragile (odd as they are pretty solid in the 75)

The T-series turbo is a hardy unit, faster (197bhp compared to 175), and i think more economical.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
49 replies in 30 hours! I think this may be a record of some sort! What have you decided?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - bbroomlea{P}
It may be worth checking to see if it has had an engine replacement early on in its life. An awful lot of early ones were replaced under warranty due to head gasket issues, with the replacement engines being far more robust, infact they seem very reliable in the 75/ZT so any replacement unit would have the modifications.

If its done 100K then it may well be a good one (early ones were practically built by hand) and assembled to tight tollerances, just check for normal head gasket symptons (Oil/water mix).

My dad used to run 800s as company cars and never had an issue in over 350,000 miles of motoring and over 3 cars (he may have been lucky!)

Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Tomo
Just remember the old saw.......

British cars are like puppies.

They are cute.

But they leak everywhere.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Dereksn51
Ask the question on the Rover800.co.uk site.A lot of enthusiasts there are very knowledgeable on these cars and their worth.Imho it appears overpriced.The early KV6's were indeed fragile and most of the early engines were indeed replaced.But the early ones were 1996 models-I in fact got one of the last Honda 827 units in 1996-still got it and it's a totally reliable fantastic car.I suspect that by 1998/9 the problems should have been sorted.Much as I am a Rover enthusiast I doubt that I would buy it.Take care-if the head gasket goes it 's probably so much scrap!!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Stuartli
>>My dad used to run 800s as company cars and never had an issue in over 350,000 miles of motoring and over 3 cars (he may have been lucky!)>>

Clearly the Rover was miore a tool of the trade than a vehicle for someone who enjoys driviing...:-)
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Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - MW
This is the classic case of 'car fever'. The caracteristics are.....
a belief that the car is a classic
a belief that it is well worth the money
a belief that THIS ONE is the reliable one
a belief that it will only need an oil change and one replacement fuse
a belief it looks good
a belief that the market is wrong, and only you can spot the bargain.

There is a good chance It will be purchased, as all logic goes out of the window.
A Camry is 5 times the car. A Primera even more logical given the UK over-supply. £1,500 spent here would equal rationality and good sence, but 'Car fever' will prevail.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
well he saw, he wesnt and he bought!!!
Paid the asking price.
The car is totally immaculate inside and out. Not a scratch on it. Its also got a massive file full of receipts....looks like its been pampered well.
I had a short drive in it and im impresses,very smooth and feels fast too.
To be fair its a nice car to drive.
I got him to read all these replies before he puchased!! but still :)
Anyways thank you all for your advice and guidance.


Thanks

Boxer99
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
Just out of curiosity what would be the real world MPG on petrol on this car is stop start city driving. bear in mind this is the auto model.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - stunorthants
Low 20's most of the time, might just get 30ish on motorway. I have to admit, when I worked at Rover dealer, the sales manager always had an 800 coupe until the 75 came along. The last one he had was a specced up Vitesse coupe which quite frankly, was awful - the chassis cannot handle the turbo characteristics of the T-Series and reliability on them is somewhat hit and miss.

Rover in general doesnt get much love from people here, so alot of it is just negativity for the sake of it.
The coupe is possibly one of the few 90's Rovers that may become desireable in years to come. As I said before, I would have sought out an 827 myself, but if your FIL treats the car right and takes it to be serviced by someone who really knows the cars, it will most likely be fine, I never saw a problem on an 825 myself in 4 years at Rover dealer, but a few on 75 2.5's.

80% of cars will respond to being carefully looked after, regardless of reputation.

My sister bought an MGF VVC from a local specialist, which was previously owned by an owners club member. It had only 18k on a 51 plate and was both immaculate and over serviced its entire life. I versed my sister in all the issues with the car and she is very vigilant about what to watch for. Thus far, 6 months and 5000 miles down the road, the car has been faultless, despite enthusiastic driving. Yet the car has an awful reputation.... so make your own mind up on that one!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - madf
"alot of it is just negativity for the sake of it."

Nope Personal experience...I said never again after a Rover 800 and had no real car problems since:-)
madf
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - blue_haddock
I have to admit that as big coupes go i do kind of like the looks of the 800 Coupe.

Would i buy one? Would i hell as like!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - IanW1977
We had 2 of these as company cars many years ago - 1995 N Reg ones. I drove both and the word barge is perfect for them, My F Reg Orion at the time was a massive step up from these so called luxury cars.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Armitage Shanks {p}
Boxer99's FIL has now bought this car and is already posting re spare parts availability. I hope that this just a precaution and not a sign that it has packed up already!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - stunorthants
>I said alot of it, not all of it is negativity.>> "alot of it is just negativity for the sake of it."

Nope Personal experience...I said never again after a Rover 800 and
had no real car problems since:-)
madf<


I said that alot of it, not all of it. I owned an 820 auto and it was awful, but I have also driven and known of trouble free 800's and they were the choice of many wealthy people in Sussex where I was living. What 800's did you own?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - madf
I owned none.
I had 3 company Rovers in a row:
820/820/825 diesel (no choice British is best)
820i (only a few weeks
dashboard squeaked and vibrated
First : all electric windows failed at least 5 times only 3k miles then switched to
820i: did 60k miles
windows again (10+times)
Head gasket failure
clutch failure - 1st time ever for me.(centre plate failure I believe)
dashboard squeaked and vibrated
rear exhaust box rusted through (under 3 years)
injection system kept flooding engine when cold - misfires
825
turbo feed pipe fell off after 500 miles
overheating: cooling system could not cope with aircon and hot day.
windows failed (have I mentioned these before?)
dashboard squeaked and vibrated
rust - front bulhead
alloys rusted to hubs

Handling? Go round a S bend and the roll oversteer made a VW Beetle look like a model of handling.
Truly appalling cars. Nice big boot and lots of rear room tho.

My considered opinion is that anyone who wants to drive one has never driven anything better than a early Mark 4 Escort. but it takes all types. A Granada or Omega would be far nicer to drive and easier to maintain (let alone a 5 series BM or a Mercedes 124)

But each to his/her own..

(my memories were not happy so I think I have suppressed some:-)

madf
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Xileno {P}
Not worth a soggy packet of crisps IMO.

They were never great cars when new in 1986. By the mid 1990's they were pathetically outclassed by almost anything with four wheels on it.

If your friend must have one, then hunt out a late 827, at least the Honda engine will be reliable.

The 800 came bottom in Auto Express reliability survey a few years ago. 2003 IIRC.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - MW
I admire your courage. I said 'Car fever' would take over. There is no vacination for it. Just a cold shower.
Still, let's not all be too rightous. Do keep us informed about the experience. I suspect deep down all of us would like a perfect £1,500 limo that never goes wrong.
Good luck.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Group B
My Dad had two 820Si's in the early nineties. Can't remember how long he had them for, possibly 2 years each and about 40k miles each. From memory, in that time he had one HGF, electric windows failed a few times, windscreeen wipers failed twice (plastic ball joint on linkage snapped), manual gear stick linkage failed once (again, plastic ball joint on linkage snapped, hopefully not a problem for the auto), and speedometer failure. That was it AFAIR. I thought the earlier F-reg one was okay at the time; not bad acceleration with the 140bhp engine and no cat. I think more of the problems were with the later K-reg one.

Also, a mate once borrowed his Dads 825 saloon to drive back to Uni; the cam belt snapped and the bill for engine repairs was £2000 IIRC (in 1992). According to this article the cam belt change interval is 45k miles: www.rovertorque.co.uk/buy800.html


:o)
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - landmarked
Only problems I recall from my family's 100K of 820 ownership was a leaking sunroof (soaked your shoulder each time you drove away. Having said that, was a pretty crap car even back in 1990 - exhaust was £400 each time a section went, handled like a barge and the autobox used to hunt around madly trying to find the powerband of the M16 engine.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
UPDATE

FIL is thoroughly enjoyig the car. He is off to Birmingham this weekend to see his brother!
Tells me its a "real flying machine"..........can really see how :)

What is the 0-60 on these cars (auto and manual)? Around 10 seconds?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - stunorthants
Glad he is enjoying it, thats what its all about.

One hing id say on teh reliability thing - people spend enormous amounts of money buying Ferraris which are truely awful in terms of reliability and build quality.... so who is the bigger fool? The guys spending 1500 quid on a Rover or the guy spending 20 grand on a fragile Ferrari?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Xileno {P}
The Ferrari is a desirable car to own. And for that people will tolerate some problems.

Most Rovers (and particularly this one) is not.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - local yokel
>so who is the bigger fool? The guys spending 1500 quid on a Rover or the guy spending 20 grand on a fragile Ferrari?

The biggest fool is the person who spends money they can not afford to lose on a car that has major known issues. £1500 to Joe Average may be a lot more than £20,000 to Mr Fat Cat.
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
good way of putting it.

Many super cars are vey fragile and need special care all the time!
The mileage is 102k si it cant be that bad surely to have reached that mileage.

Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - bell boy
maybe it was clocked forward to give it provenonce? ;)
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
LOL,

To be honest I think its a nice car. lots of equipment, and the leather seats are awesome. I have seen and been in cars with leather before, my dads Audi a6 2.5tdi quattro 1996 has black leathers but the quality and feel of this leather is just awesome! it feels really thick and padded...or is it just me!
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Altea Ego
"it feels really thick and padded...or is it just me!"

I dont know. Are you thick and padded?




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Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
LOL

I mean is the quality of leather used on this car better than say Audi etc?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Lud
maybe it was clocked forward to give it provenonce? ;)


Very funny om... but given that young high-mileage cars are thought preferable to shopping pootlers perhaps dealers really do this these days?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - boxer99
Are the wood trimmings inside the car real wood or just some fancy plastic?
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - landmarked
You (and your FIL) can read all about the 800 Coupe in great detail here: www.austin-rover.co.uk/index.htm?xxr17cpef.htm

You'll also get to see what an 800 convertible might have looked like...
Opinions on Rover 825 Coupe Sterling - Garethj
Are the wood trimmings inside the car real wood or just some fancy plastic?

They're plastic with inmould decoration, basically a transfer (like on your Airfix planes) which is put into the mould before injection.

*Handy trivia* The 800 Coupe had the longest door of any British production car at the time

Good luck with it, I've had dreadful experiences with R800s but if it's a good one then try and keep it that way
 

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