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Rover 75

Discussion in 'General Cars' started by norseman, 13 Mar 2019.

  1. norseman

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    Hi folks, I know this model has it's own forum on the web, but I just wondering if there's any un-bias opinion from available here.
    I'm especially interested in the pre-facelift diesel automatic version.
    Thanks for reading my post.
     
  2. SammyInnit

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    Old man had a manual with the 2l BMW Diesel and it was a lovely motor for what it cost. Comfortable, reliable (until the chain broke at around 120k but very unusual).
     
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    1) Pretty sure there was a fuel pump problem with the diesels, the car has 2, you need to make sure the fuel gauge is filled to 1/4 min or it won't start
    2) ULEZ rubbish means you have to pay to drive into congestion zone, as the car is either a euro 3 or 4 diesel, outside London should be ok until councils copy the ulez format.
    3) Comes in 2 versions 115bhp and 130bhp.
    4) Pretty reliable if well looked after.
    5) Slight knock and it would be a writeoff as parts not readily available.
     
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  4. norseman

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    Thanks guys, I've seriously considered a classic car as a 'daily' as we are both retired now & won't be doing the annual mileage. Trouble is good 'uns (the only condition I would consider) command such high prices now that we could buy a good '75' for a couple of grand & tax it for at least ten years (even allowing for the chancellor's annual rate hikes) before reaching the difference in purchase price, we both love the retro look of the Rovers anyway :D
     
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  5. SammyInnit

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    If you want a modern classic ... Ford focus.
     
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    I have an old Honda Jazz must be nearly 20 years old, and last year it had a recall because it seems water can get into the door lock, this is the problem with any car where the manufacturer has gone. There is no support, as yet no problems with parts, there is still no problem with parts for a Morris Minor, but there were a lot more Morris Minors made, and at some point it will have a problem with Parts, the Rover 75 is hardly a classic car so unlikely to be supported like the Morris Minor.

    Some times however you see a car and just know it's what will suit your needs.

    My wife wanted a Jaguar XE however I considered they were far too expensive so looking for a cheaper car, for us main point was it needed to tow the caravan, I was looking at spending around £12,000 and was looking for alternatives, Volvo seems good, so was walking around a Volvo dealership when we saw a Kia Sorento less than £6,000 not what we had been looking for, but we both fell in love with it.

    It was only a year younger than the car we were getting rid of, however it suited our needs, and it does better MPG than the Car I had as a run about.

    OK latter my wife did get the Jaguar XE it ticks all the boxes, and has loads of gadgets only £30 road tax and great MPG however I still prefer the Sorento, it may be old, and it may do much less to the gallon, to XE and only 3 Hp difference between the two and Jag is far lighter so well out preforms the Sorento, but the Sorento does not need a shoe horn to get me in and out of it.

    So if you like the car then why not? Some times it does not need to make sense, it simply suits you, as the Sorento did for me, but if I look at the sensible thing then I should get rid of it, Jag will pull the caravan it does not need to be a big 4 x 4 but I like it. So if you like it then get one.
     
  8. wgt52

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    I'd not buy one. As above, car has two fuel pumps; the low pressure high flow one is in the fuel tank, the high pressure low flow rate under the bonnet. When the flow pump fails it is a new tank/pump assembly if you Can get one. unfortunately you don't know the flow pump has failed until the high pressure one fails as well. That was a £800 job ten years ago!!!an
    also ten years ago bonnets were not available so with a damaged bonnet the car was a write off.
     
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    A Merc 190 would make a good reliable semi classic which wouldn't fall to bits too much.
     
  10. Harry Bloomfield

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    Sorry, you are simply making a lot of that up or you are misinformed. The electric tank pump costs £110, the under bonnet electric pump £60. The mechanical pump is the extremely high pressure injection pump, failures are very much a rarity - never as a result of either electric pump failing, because there is a fuel pressure sensor protecting the high pressure mechanical pump. Replacing the under bonnet pump takes a few minutes, the intank pump maybe an hour. The BMW mechanical pump in the 75 diesel can cost £800, but not much different to any other BMW, but then failure is rare, there are numerous reports of these cars doing over 400,000 miles with just regular services.

    No pressure from the electric pumps, the engine is shut down, or inhibited from starting. That is a standard feature on injection cars. All body panels are available, just not available from the usual stockists.
     
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    Harry, the reason I can be so confident of the costs is because that is how much a workmate paid in March 2009 for that exact repair - 1 tank and flow pump, 1 high pressure pump and installation. There may have been a charge for recovery as well.

    If body panels (bonets) are now available that is all to the good.
     
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    I would have done it for £5,000
     
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    I suspect he was charged for parts not required then. there just is not reason why all three pumps would fail simultaineously.
     
  14. Harry Bloomfield

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    Oh unless it was missfueled - filled and run on petrol? That could hardly be blamed on the car..
     
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