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Hi all Im new to this site.

Just thought I'd say hello really and share my newly found Rover experience, sorry if this post is a bit long (and boring??)

Basically Ive been driving a trusty Ford Escort 1.6 LX for over a year now and although was a nice car, it always lacked that umpf that I was after (without paying over the odds for a faster car, insurance, tax etc)

Ever since I had a go of one my friends Rover 214 bubble (16v) I loved it, i found it really fun to drive and it seemed to so much nippier than my 1.6.

Another one of my friend also had a Rover 220 Turbo Diesel which I enjoyed driving, although his had a ridiculously heavy clutch!

Having test driven a few other cars in this "class", such as Focus, Fiesta, Mondeo and I didnt find any of them particuluar fun to drive. All in all I knew that I wanted to own a Rover, and it was a tussle between a late model of a 200 or a 25, which ever I could get hold of for a reasonable was of cash.

Last week i saw an R25 iL advertised in the paper for 1900 , W reg with 54k on the clock, FSH and though Bargain!

I went down there and had a test drive and once again enjoyed the experience and thought, yes , Im gonna get this little beaut! Its a iL model in tahiti blue and has a nice black upholstery and sporty seats.

Now that im an owner and been driving it just udner a week im starting to realise that now that I own a Rover, it wants something back!!

Gone are the days of the ever forgiving escort where I could pull off wil mimimal effort and be happily cruising down a bypass at 70 mph without hardly realising that im moving at all!

For one thing, the rover makes damn sure that Im working my legs muscles hard to move off smoothly, and it has kindly reminded me that letting the clutch out too quick will inevitably cause me to look an absolute weapon at a junction or roundabout in queues of traffic!

The ol trusty escort had light as a feather , hydraulic steering , whereas this beast likes to remind me that is a few hundred Kg of metal that i'm controlling around bends and not an empty shopping trolley down an aisle!

But has been good to me by giving me more power when moving off, more stability around corners, more sense of driving involvement and best of all a more comfortable and enjoyable car to be in than ive driven before!!

Oh and it is the 103 PS model, according to the VIN plate.. 1.4 engine and almost 15 BHP more powerful than the Escort and it definately shows.

Anyway, the moral of the story Im happy with this new car - its got its little quirks that im starting to live with - ie snappy clutch, heavy power steering, more engine, wind and road noise at speed - but this adds far more character to the car than my ol Ezzy!

See ya!
 

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Welcome to the club!!!
I've been driving Rover's for 20+ years and I love every moment of it........
Enjoy your new motor and post some pics soon
Cheers
Chris
 

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The 200/25/ZR clutch definately takes some getting used to!!! Many a time I looked like a complete spanner at traffic lights (and sometimes I stalled the car too)!!!

I found the steering quite light in my 200, but the 25 has a different set-up, which is quicker and more direct I think.
 

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Yep, the clutch wore me out on a journey in a constant stream of traffic lights the other day. By the Id only owned it for less than 2 days and i must hav stalled about 10 times in an hours journey.

For a very small moment I wanted my easy going escort back, but then when push came to shove I remembered why i got thsi thing.

For a 1.4 engine you really cant go wrong!!

On the subject of the clutch, I read a post where someone said they took the pedal rubber off the clutch. I think I need to do this as my shoes stick the pedal like glue and this, along with the weight of the clutch, makes it difficult to move off smoothly, because I like to pivot my foot when raising clutch. On all my previous cars ive fitted metal pedals, but I dont think I can be bothered going down on my knees in the drivers footwell again trying to get them on!
 

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try a new clutch cable and plenty of wd40 on the clutch pedal linkages...it cured my vi......dont remove the clutch pedal rubber its a requirement on m.o.t's...
 

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Ah thanks for that, i just posted a question for the gurus about that actually!

I had a feeling that was the case about the M.O.T actually.

So basically , would I spray the clutch arm in the footwell area and in the engine bay where the clutch cable ends?
 

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I think there is a known problem with the clutch being a bit tricky. I recently started to find the clutch pedal a bit 'jerky' in my ZR so I had a look at the technical bulletins and it's to do with the clutch cable getting clogged with grease or something. The manual says to take the clutch cable off and clean it out but but I found it got better over time.
 
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