We're Not Mechanics - Repairing The Rover 800

Nick and I try to fix his car without breaking it or starting any fires... (The latter we weren't so successful at).

42w ago

For many months, Nick's Rover 800 has had some problems with its gearbox, more specifically, shifting between 2nd and 3rd. In this video, we set out to fix it. It took a lot of swearing, scraping hands and knuckles, hitting, screaming and even some sweat. After all, we're not mechanics, but we tried.

Taking things apart and putting them back together again, can always prove to be a joyous task, but when your dealing with a V6 crammed into the space smaller than the fuel tank on a Peel P50, it can become a little infuriating.

Hopefully, as you will have seen in the video, most of the problems should now iron themselves out. If not, well, then we're replacing the gearbox... The thing is, the Rover 800 is a very solidly built car, and is comes from Rovers better years in the early 90's. Even the engines, that were made by Honda, are usually bomb, even tsunami, proof. Alas the one problem with this damn thing is the gearbox. It works very well, but the bloody fluid for it is as rare as finding good 'English' fish and chips in America.

Fingers crossed then, that the next video on the 800 isn't us spending hours faffing about with another gearbox and Nicks transmission fluid that's so precious he starts acting like Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, if you go near it.



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Comments (9)

  • I quite like Rover 800s

      9 months ago
    • Same here Sam. Really underappreciated cars.

        9 months ago
    • Yeah! I prefer the older big Rovers but it’s a bit weird that the SD1 is quite well revered but the 800 is almost forgotten about

        9 months ago
  • That engine bay makes this one look like some sort of heaven.

      9 months ago
  • As time goes by I do myself preferring the earlier 800 design to the 1991 facelift. While I appreciate the latter was maybe a better car underneath, Rover was at least still trying to be modern with the XX. I can't help think the jingoistic retro styling of later products maybe aided their downfall.

      9 months ago