I can buy a 1989 Austin Metro car.
The Haynes manual I saw, mentions the need for consultation of a
Rover dealer when the suspension system needs to be filled up, or when
work on the suspension is needed and the system has to be
Regarding the situation around the Rover make, is it unwise to get
Are many problems to be expected with the Hydragas system (leakage)??
These cars are scarce here, breakers yards don't have them...
you can build your own pump up unit from a grease gun. depressurizing is
only letting the fluid out. the fluid is a mix of good antifreeze and water
or order a gallon of the real stuff. the only common leak is if a unit
fails, new ones are very expensive, but it would be worth sending to the uk
for one. don't be scared by the suspension, it is generally very reliable.
measure from wheel centre to wheelarch edge, it should be a bout 12 and a
You need to obtain a screw on connector for the Schrader valve, that is the
only difficult part, the grease gun container needs to be stripped out and
the connector on a flexible hose needs to be put on in place of the normal
grease pipe. In uk there are firms sell the grease gun pump ready made for
about 80 pounds, but you can make your own if you can sort out the valve
connector, try a hydraulics shop.
On Sun, 08 May 2005 20:57:24 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm sure you could. But they don't have the exhilirating performance of
a Daf 66 and I'm sure you'd only be disappointed. The Metro just isn't a
very good car!
This doesn't need doing very often and I'm sure there's somewhere
reasonably local that looks after Minis and will have the right sort of
pump. Some enthusiasts have their own pumps, either bought as surplus
garage equipment, or home-made from a failry simple hand pump.
email@example.com realised it was Sun, 08 May 2005 20:57:24 GMT and
decided it was time to write:
IMHO it's unwise to get this car - never mind the Rover situation.
There are many problems to be expected, not just with the suspension.
If you're really desperate to get this car, you should be prepared to
spend time, money and effort in keeping it on the road. The Rover
situation is not your biggest problem, if it's a problem at all. The
fact MGR went titsup doesn't mean all maintenance abilities and
expertise have suddenly evaporated.
I'm no expert, so others will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the
original Mini was at one time equipped with some form of Hydragas
suspension. In that case, you'll find many Dutch clubs and specialists
on http://mini.pagina.nl/ who will be able to help you.
Though it's not a car I'd buy (I'm no fan of small hatchbacks) they're
not all that bad. The facelifted late 80's models are better than the
early ones, and better than the later Rover-badged 100s in many ways.
The engine is an A+, essentially the same as a Mini engine, which while
unsophisticated is well-suited to DIY maintenance and doesn't suffer
from the problems the K-series is supposed to have.
As regards the Rover situation, parts will be plentiful for a long time
yet - many mechanical parts are shared with the Mini, and England isn't
that far from the Netherlands for body panels!
It was known as hydrolastic but it's the same system.
Regards, Chris (Please take out my car to reply by email)
----1961 Austin A40 Farina----1966 Triumph Herald Estate---
The metro is an inspired choice and highly under rated (just watch the
posting ridicule roll in from that statement) As long as you keep an eye on
the rot and the Hydragas you will have yourself a simple to maintain, very
roomy for it's size (unless you have one of the sporty models 'cos the front
seats in these take up a lot of room) and brilliant handling. The handling
gets even better with the Rover badged ones as they then linked up the
Hydragas as one for all four wheels. The main annoyance you'll have is that
they never gave the A+ engined ones a 5speed box and also the Mini style
seating position takes some getting used to. The Rover GTi version is VERY
fast, point to point!
'88 Saab 900 Turbo8 Intercooler
'97 Saab 9000 Turbo16 CSE
the early ones had independent front gas and cross linked rear, the later
ones have front linked to back each side, the late ones have proper type
lower suspension arms at the front, otherwise all is much the same,
suspension wise. the k engines are prone to head gasket fails.
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