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Rover 75 Saloon 2004‑2005(22 reviews)
Mike | 13th November '17
I purchased my Rover 75 CDTi about 9 months ago, and what a car it has turned out to be. I absolutely love it, I find myself driving the long way round just because of the pleasure it gives me driving it.
It was purchased as a second car purely for fun. I have tried a few old cars out , then got bored of them and sold them. This one I just cannot fault, it does everything I have asked of it. I cannot see me selling it any time soon, even if the government is trying to get old diesels off the road.
Faults? nothing serious. It required a new resistor for the main cooling fan which is a common fault. They only cost a few pounds and most people should be able to fit one themselves. Thermostat, is another common problem with the diesel models. It is fitted in a very hard to get to position, so most people (myself included) fit an inline thermostat for a few pounds and leave the standard one in place. The standard one sticks open and lets the engine run too cold. Lastly, It needed new bearings for the front suspension top mounts. These were needed just due to wear and tear as it's covered 97K miles.
It is a fantastic drive, very comfortable, with a very high quality leather interior. I have fitted mine with factory cruise control which makes motorway driving a pleasure. Set it to 70MPH , and sit back in your armchair. Mine returns nearly 60 MPG in these conditions.
I love the "old world" interior styling but my wife doesn't, she says it's like an old mans car. It's a matter of taste. If you want a younger look, opt for the MG ZT.
Would I buy another? no need! I have no intention of ever selling this one. In fact I am looking for a nice MG ZT while they are still cheap to buy to add to my collection. I am pretty sure the prices will climb as they move to "classic" status.
These cars are the are vastly underrated simple because everyone expected them to be crap, and called them crap without ever actually driving one!
Haitch | 6th August '16
You need to know these cars. They are the best kept secret ever.
Stunning motors and in the Connoisseur spec rival even the best modern day cars for comfort and ride.
You can read below at people saying the acceleration is poor. They need to replace their VIS motors cost= peanuts.
Mine is the lovely 2.5 KV6 Auto. It has a lovely growl, does 0-60 in a little over 8 sec and a top speed around 135 mph.Gorgeous on the motorway, you can whisper to your passengers at 70 mph and they hear every word!
Diesel engined cars have the BMW sourced unit which is fine and the 1.8 is best in Turbo version.
So much car for very little money .
Deschain2016 | 3rd August '16
I think the bad reviews regarding reliability must be 1.8 owners who should've read up on known issues before their purchase. I went for the 2.0 CDTi Connoisseur SE and can't fault it. When I bought my 54 plate it had 98k on the clock. I've used it everyday for work (30 mile round trip, A road/motorway) and had plenty of day trips to North Wales (about a two hour run from where I live), all I've had to get done is tyres and a spring when I hit a speed ramp to fast with a heavy load. All the electrics work perfectly, it's never once failed to start, seats feel brand new, interior looks mint, most do and I believe that's due to the good quality materials used and being well put to together. For a two tonne car that's over a decade old, it's brilliant on fuel, a tenner will do 100 miles with ease, that's about 60mpg. It's got a good amount of power too, with 4 adult passengers and a full boot, it will still accelerate from 60-80 in 5th gear, up a steep grade and leave most other cars behind. My only criticisms are that the fan for the a/c is too loud (this doesn't apply to all models), the steering wheel is too big and there's too much body roll in corners even at very low speeds.
Malkyskydiver | 9th February '16
Don't buy one, they break down all the time, cost lot's of money and aren't that nice to drive.
I am a Rover fan, but wouldn't own a 75 again for all the tea in China.
MikeJLaw | 1st October '15
I bought this car in May 2015 after previously owning a 1.8 (had HG problems) Although i have only had it 4/5 months, not had one single problem but i wouldn't expect any with only 62k on the clock FSH. I absolutely love this car. What you get for 2.## is crazy. It has the spec of a 30k Merc, BMW or Audi.
The 2.5 V6 engine is awesome, very quick and the growl oh yes!!
Most people look at it and think its a Jag. It is a bit heavy on the juice but i guess its the way i drive it, anyway how else are you gonna drive a V6 .....slow!
Insurance was good 325 GBP and tax i pay it monthly at 25 GBP
Very spacious takes 5 Adults easy.
This is a quality car i can never understand why anyone would go out and spend on a new car with no spec and no power when you can buy quality with FSH 12months MOT 62k (Only just run in) full leather, full electrics, climate control, sat nav, Multi CD. and more for only 2.5k
nuteck | 6th April '15
During the last 8 yrs of ownership this has been a fantastic car and living up to its legend of being one of the best British built cars of its time.
It has served me well with 40,000 on the clock when I bought it and with 141,000 on the clock right now.
Having just retired, I don't need two cars now and it would be nice if it could go to another Rover 75 enthusiast.
SOMUA | 24th January '15
Bought a preregistered example in 2005 and have just completed 100,000 miles. Very luxurious and pleasant to drive. Not sporty, but I just wanted a comfortable family car. Hard to know what to replace it with. Reliability has been good...but... it always used a lot of coolant from new which got gradually worse but replaced the head gasket with an upgraded Land Rover item a couple of years ago which solved it. Also had the well known problem of wearing the nearside rear tyre but laser wheel alignment solved that one. Otherwise no real problems in 10 years of ownership, though it has had a new exhaust and battery last year (first replacement of each). I've serviced it regularly, which is the key to reliability with most cars. The real legroom is a little tight relative to the size of the car and the paint seems to chip easily but these are niggles. Also, the clutch pedal is very heavy, which is characteristic of these cars. Overall, probably the best made car I have ever owned and the only one I haven't changed after 3-4 years. The styling was controversial when it came out but these days people often compliment it.
RabertK | 14th March '14
I have owned this car for over a year all I can say it is by fair one of the best cars I have ever owned.
I have owned three Mercedes and it compares to them.
I found it to be lively when dropped into sport mode.
It is also economical for a V6.
And handles better that an jaguar x type that I owned but just not as good as the Mercedes.
Its just a pity they stopped making them.
Starts every time even after I have left it sitting for long periods of time.
Just one little grip heated seats common fault don't stay on to long.
apparently its an easy fix its just a matter of changing thermostats in the seat for a higher rate off cut out.
AlMagpie | 21st April '13
I've owned this lovely car for 6months,can honestly say was the best car I ever owned.Nippy engine,lots of grunt.Classic comfort,spacious.A bit expensive to tax and insure,and that was for the diesel one,don't want to know the costs for petrol models.
We took it all acros Europe in the winter,9k miles round trip.
The only down point - only 5 short gears.As soon as you reach 60mph in 2.500 rev it desperately cries for the 6th.
Also,airbag failure light constantly coming on(a contact under the front seats,common).
Overall,great car.We sadly had to see it go for it wasn't L plates friendly.Replaced by a lovely Polo MarklV TDI
Chad1954 | 28th February '13
What a bloody good car, Had it 4 weeks, sublime driving experience, capacious, very comfortable seats just a pleasure to be in it. Very very quiet even at the National limit. People actually stop and admire it and am often asked questions about it. Forget the horror stories associated with the (in) famous 1.8 K series engine. it was designed to warm up quickly, just 4.5 Litres of coolant, ANY loss of coolant and you're courting trouble. It's simple, check coolant every 3-5 days, get some VITON O rings (on Ebay for £3.55) to replace the seals on the expansion tank cap , a much better seal. Then just maintain ALL the cooling system. You've then cracked it. Just make sure you source a vehicle with a full and comprehensive history and enjoy. The only other car I've owned to compare is a 1999 Volvo S40, I've had a 2.4 Mercedes C class an Audi A4 and a Passat, I'd choose the Rover every time.
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