Q: I'm considering buying a diesel Rover 75. Will there be any problems in finding spares, or finding someone to do repairs or servicing by experienced ex-Rover engineers? Is the 75's diesel engine really the same as that used in BMWs? Louis Bach
A: You shouldn't have any problems finding spares. XPart used to own the entire spare parts business for MG Rover and was quick to say that it would continue after the company's collapse. After all, with hundreds of thousands of MG Rovers running around, it's a highly lucrative business.
XPart also worked quickly to put MG Rover specialists in place at its network of AutoService centres around the UK.
Given the money that's to be made in the service and repair industry (it's worth £9 billion a year), you shouldn't have any problem finding other ex-Rover technicians offering their workshop skills to you.
As for the 2.0-litre diesel engine, it was developed by BMW with the intention of using it across the brands, but BMW says it was never actually used in any of its products while it was powering the Rover.