Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

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Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by Pete K » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:56 pm

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 991wt_1397

What does the panel reckon?

I am top bidder at the moment.

Too long without an 800..but need a diesel...
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by CHR15E » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:16 pm

Be watchful of the belt noise it says.

I'll have some wings soon if you need them. :lol:
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by dodgyvinyl » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:05 am

If this were a fastback, I'd be on it in a second.

As Chris says, the aux belt tensioner is a worry.

IIRC the spring loaded part is prone to seizing and throwing the belt and is a Rover specific part so almost impossible to get now. I remember someone designed a replacement part a few years back. That would be my major concern. Most of the other mechanical parts are interchangeable with other VM powered cars and are still freely available. I'd buy it with the forethought that I might have to pay to get that part re-engineered and would do it with some urgency if I won the car.

The other thing to consider is the clutch as the 825s eat them. They are good for 100-140k max. I'd ask how high the clutch is as they are big bucks or a major job to replace. If it feels like high biting point, it's likely on the way out. I'd ask the seller about it.

Early ones run great on veggie oil (pm me for more info). The later ones have an ECU and will still run on veggie oil but with a weaker mix. I can't remember which year they changed but I think it was around '96.

I sold my 825s at 150k and 193k, both still running. They are surprisingly quick (not far off an 827), incredibly torquey and very simple to work on for the most part. They can also be tuned fairly easily for better economy and performance. Expect around 38mpg day to day, 43mpg on a run. +5% if running on a cooking oil mix.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by Richard Moss » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:26 am

A couple of people have made up manual belt adjusters using threaded rose joint links. http://www.rover800.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1218

Pictures of the same type of joint but used for anti-roll bars: http://www.rover800.info/forum/viewtopi ... iesel+belt
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by dodgyvinyl » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:49 am

Well found Mr Moss!

I remember me and my mate trying to repair the original a few years back and while compressing the spring the damn thing exploded out of the vice, missed me by an inch and actually put a dent in his van.
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by CHR15E » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:43 am

Been there done that. :lol:

Rover were still in business when I had mine and got a new tensioner. Compressing it was fun. I seem to remember wrapping strong wire round it to compress it.

Not fun. I loved mine at the time but personally wouldn't have another.
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by N.I.Vitesse » Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:19 pm

Still have one on the road, and after another, so may have a punt.

On both mine never had the tensioner problem and only ever changed a clutch once.

Scrapped the 96 version out with well over 200,000 on, and the current 98 has 186,000 and just passed MOT last month

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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by Pete K » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:14 am

NIV

Are u bidding on this?

Only ask as finishes today and I am still interested
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Re: Rover 800 Turbo diesel 825 SDI 2.5 1998 saloon

Post by Pete K » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:49 pm

Made just short of 600 - I didn't get it.
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