I have owned this car from new and it is still the same to drive today as it was when I bought it.
I cannot fault it and would be delighted if I could buy a brand new one with a warranty and better residuals.
The 75 harks back to what Rover historically represented - understated class. The middle income majority could experience the quality of Bentley or Jaguar motoring wiithout the need for a private oil well. So Rover has collaped after years of abusing the brand with cheap out-dated cars.
It's ironic that the 75, the best Rover for 30 years, designed by BMW the masters of bland teutonic machinery, is the last one!
I've covered 91k trouble free miles in the past 3 years. The 75 Connoisseur SE diesel is exceptionally well insolated from the noise outside and it returns 50 mpg- you just glide along feeling regal. It's beautiful to drive as well as be in, Rover got it so right with this car that looks like a classic with modern engineering.
So Rover is no more. Such a shame, but what a legacy.
The Rover 75 is surely the high point in a troubled contemporary history. The car oozes charm which has been lost in the rush to produce Teutonic clones.
Here is a car devoid of the blandness of the opposition. Just sitting inside is a refreshing break from the day-to-day hum drum.
Here is a car worth viewing through the driver's window, a joy to behold: classy dashboard and controls, thick leather seats (for models with leather), fully trimmed. Really not so unlike offerings from Bentley and Jaguar; and there is the point. This car feels like a car costing half as much again as the reasonable asking price; so very English from every angle.
The question just keeps returning: How, just how, can a company producing such a first class product go out of business?
So sad, but I'm going to enjoy my new 2.5 V6 Connoiseur SE for as long as I am able because there will never be another like it.
I have only owned my 75 for just over a month now. What a car. It's one of the most comfortable cars I have ever driven. I wish I had discovered it sooner.
I have the auto box in mine and up to now have had no problems the power on kick-down is brilliant.
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