Abandoned 1996 Rover 800 Vitesse Sport
Rover once produced powerful cars like 220 tom cat. Then it was the end of sales and a legend. This tool has been in this situation for twelve years. It started to moss over. Dorset registered – untaxed since October 2008 – no DVLA MOT history – abandoned.
The Rover KV6 and M-series engines in the 800 series was hampered by reliability problems and head gasket failures. Rover at the time, with no understanding of the problems, simply replaced the engines. In many cases repair would not have been an option due to liner problems. The KV6 engine was in most cases mated to a JATCO gearbox which also in some cases suffered from reliability issues. This was sometimes due to incorrect gearbox fluid changes.
The Rover 820 Vitesse in most guises suffered from problems with gearbox bearings because of the large amount of power from the 2-litre turbo engine. The bearings can be replaced with more durable steel caged bearings.