G-reg Rover 416 GSi

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G-reg Rover 416 GSi

#1 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:35 pm

Hi guys, I collected the 416 today that I saw for sale on the For Sale forum a couple of weeks ago.

The story is that the owner bought it new in 1990 as a 70 year old. He is now 96 and given up driving. The mileage when I picked it up was 26,900 bang on.

It doesn't have much service history (service book is missing), however I have had all the service history printed off by the garage it was serviced at since 1999. I have been advised if they find the book and any other docs (they think it's somewhere at home), they will post it onto me.

Anyway, the car is near mint. The are a couple of very minor scabs, and a bumper scrape, but on the whole I've got to say it's very good. It drives very tight too, and the automatic gearbox is smooth.

It has optional air conditioning too, which blows nice and cold. Manual windows in the back.

Plans for the car are to put some Rover alloys on it (not sure which ones yet) and replace the plugs and leads, and clean up the bumpers which are faded. I already started the bumper as you can see on the front offside.

I also noticed the engine was very hot and took a long time to cool down - it seemed much hotter than my 216 does after a long run. Not sure why this might be and if there's anything I need to look for. Temp gauge was fine on the 170 mile journey home, which was faultless.

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#2 Post by Hammond » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:40 pm

Very nice acquisition :clapping
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#3 Post by bigmatt1975 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:14 am

Looks Lovley :D
Air Con and a sunroof ,wow
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#4 Post by matthewsemple » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:23 am

The sunroof is standard, the a/c would have been an option.

I see it doesn't have the top spec radio cassette as fitted to the GTi and other top of the range models such as MG Montegos and Rover 800s.

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#5 Post by 1234dist » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:21 am

I do love white :cool
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#6 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:05 am

I'll be at BL Day in it :cool

Any suggestions on the apparent "hot running"?
Temp gauge was OK but on lifting the bonnet, it seemed a lot lot hotter under there than it should have done. And also the fan was kicking in more quickly than it does on my 216.

Any suggestions? Radiator? Coolant flush?
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#7 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:59 pm

Coolant flush and thermostat change. Have you dipped the oil?

Very nice acquisition I hope you're happy with her. I would change the ATF if it's not still a nice cherry red colour too. Oh and have the brake fluid flushed through with a pressure bleeding kit.
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#8 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:15 pm

Hi Tim, will do that with the coolant and brakes and automatic transmission fluid :-)

Opening the bonnet yesterday was akin to opening an oven door!
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#9 Post by montegoman » Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:21 pm

Who was the supplying dealer? I believe it is a Cambridge reg but it doesn't look like a Marshall name on the number plate.

The car looks very good btw.
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#10 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:50 pm

Tim - ATF is nice and pink!

Jeremy - the plates look original and it says "Ware Garages Ltd", along with the Rover logo.
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#11 Post by montegoman » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:01 pm

Yes, Ware Garages from Ware in Hertfordshire. I guess they may have used Peterborough DVLA office.
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#12 Post by matthewsemple » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:12 pm

Or the car was registered in Peterborough and then resold at the Ware dealership.

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#13 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:37 pm

Yep, the car was collected from Ware yesterday.
I'm collecting the Cabriolet from Stevenage just down the road from Ware! Shame I couldn't get them both on the same day.
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#14 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:41 pm

By the way, this car has no alarm. There is no fob, nor a red flashing light on the dash. Is that unusual? I thought they all had alarms.
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#15 Post by 1234dist » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:42 pm

early cars used a rf alarm with the sensor inside the interior light.

These are still available from rimmers but not cheap.
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