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PostSubject: Rover engines   Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:17 pm

So guys what is the skinny on the non Honda Rover engines. Do they all suffer with head gasket failure ?
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PostSubject: Re: Rover engines   Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:28 pm

I think its a bit hit and mis? I know people who never had any probs and others who did so ???????

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PostSubject: Re: Rover engines   Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:14 pm

It's primarily the 'K Series' engines that have accrued this (undeserved) reputation. Like so many modern engines they rely heavily on a properly functioning cooling system. Once owners start neglecting maintenance of the cooling system its performance deteriorates and the engine runs hotter than it is designed to. End result is that something fails, usually the head gasket.

The 'K Series' is a little gem of an engine. It is small, lightweight, refined and capable of producing a lot of power. My Father had probably four Rover 214's over a ten year period and the only one that ever gave trouble did so because he let it get low on coolant. Providing the engine and cooling system is looked after there is no reason at all for the head gasket to fail.
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PostSubject: Re: Rover engines   Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:06 pm

I suppose that is part of the problem in that you dont know if the previous owner(s) have maintained the cooling system properly
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PostSubject: Re: Rover engines   Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:04 pm

A enormous amount of K series engines went through my good friends garage with blown
heads, when they were prevalent on the roads

I think the Rover 75 1.8's suffer the same, not sure if they are 'K's
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PostSubject: Re: Rover engines   Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:32 pm

The diesels are brilliant I had a 420 SDI for four years, it was grand
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