2002 Rover 45 1.4 manual impression Coolant needs refilling

Problem added: Jan 7, 2013 (7 years ago)
Temperature gauge goes up. Coolant needs filling up - not consistent though, sometimes empty really quickly, sometimes lasts for long time. Hose pressure checked and no problem found. Garage says may be head gasket but reluctant to tackle it - but I would prefer to fix before it goes bang and I am stranded with knackered car! Sometimes noticed bit of water spluttering from exhaust but not loads. Engine noise changes, chugging sound and car feels 'lumpy'. Any suggestions please??

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Car: Rover 45
Variant: 1.4 manual impression
Model Year: 2002
Category: Running Rough, Starting & Power Loss

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whittingehame
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Jan 7, 2013 (7 years ago)
A block test will confirm if it's the notorious head / gasket or both gone or not .
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jota1978
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Jan 7, 2013 (7 years ago)
Sorry but i`ll bet my granny its the head gasket. Very common on these cars.
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bustedknuckles
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Jan 7, 2013 (7 years ago)
Agree that it,s gonna be the head gasket.
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