Fabulous car to drive. Plenty of acceleration, but with high oil prices very expensive to fill up. Have done over 134k and have had to replace the starter motor, cat. converter and engine mountings (a bolt broke and I nearly had the engine on the ground!)
Main dealer service costs were outrageous especially when I replaced the cambelts.
My version was automatic and became very jerky when I decided to get rid of it as I feared there might otherwise have been more major expense just around the corner. My transmission specialists said that if the automatic gearbox did finally pack it in, the cost of the replacement would probably be more than the car was worth!
Inside the car had everything you could imagine including GPS &TV, so it was very luxurious, but gosh was it cramped in the back. When taking the whole family out no one wanted to sit in the back especially as some people found it rather sickmaking there.
When I came to sell the car, the dealer told me that Rover 75s were "the kiss of death" and offered me a derisory amount. Fortunatley I managed to sell it without any trouble for nearly double what he was offering. Nevertheless the depreciation was dreadful which all contributed to the prohibitive running costs that have prevented me from buying the same again. Shame because it was a lovely little motor.
This is a lovely car, very eye-catching. I bought mine one year old with 14,000 on the clock and paid £8,500 for it (it retails new at nearly £20,000).
This is excellent value for money and really is a very good drive. Highly recommended (and yes, people do think its a Jag).
I bought a new 75 Connoisseur SE CDT in Oct 2001 and since then I have driven 85k, mainly motorway miles in it. It's been 100% reliable, not a single problem.
The Rover is just perfect and to look at it you would not know that it has covered such a mileage. This is a credit to the 75's build quality. I regularly drive other new cars and I also own 2 other cars - nothing compares to the plush, cossetting ride of the 75. It just makes me feel great when I get in and it just wafts along.
My wife and I call it the Baby Bentley because its build quality, looks and comfort is what you would expect from the supercar sector. It could do with a bit more oomph from standstill as it is a heavy car but that would be nit picking.
The safe environment was put to the test in the snow when I emergency stopped dead straight on a steep slope and avoided hitting the cars around me that were skidding across the road.
Never mind what the motoring press may say about the 75 not having the same sharp edged handling as a BMW etc. If you want to be different and value quality then this is the best value metal for the money. It's certainly the best car I have ever had and the only one that old and young alike comment on when they get in it which is why I have kept the 75 instead of selling on as I normally do when my cars became 3 years old.
I'm convinced that this is a modern day classic.
I have owned more than 40 cars, my Rover 75 CDTi is the best. The ride is fantastic, the interior a work of art and it is returning 40mpg in mostly urban driving.
I would recomend this car to anyone. Mine is two years old and I have had no problems at all. A great British car, one to be proud of. Well done Rover.
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