I have owned a Rover 75 Tourer Connoisseur CDTi from new since June 2003.
The vehicle is very comfortable, far surpassing the comfort of the Audi A4 Avant 2.5 TDI previously owned. The build quality is very good but not up to the standard of the Audi.
The 131PS diesel engine returns a reasonable average of 45mpg solo and 27mpg towing a Coachman Amara 520/4 caravan for which the vehicle was original bought.
Whilst the car has been first class both in comfort and drive, the back-up from Rover has been less than one would expect. With very long delays in obtaining extras, the self-levelling suspension I required took over three months to obtain, and then requiring a letter to MG Rover's CEO to achieve a result.
Another down-side of owning this vehicle is the depreciation, having only lost £8,000 over three years on the sale of the Audi, a similar figure can be expected for the Rover over just 16 months.
The long-term future of MG Rover must also be of some cause for alarm for MG Rover owners. I have owned three Rovers over the past 10 years, they have all been excellent vehicles with no reliability problems.
I have an August 2001 model. The car is comfortable and smooth to drive. Standard equipment is of a high quality and practical.
The additional tidy box under the boot floor is a nice bonus for those small items. I recently had a 30k/second-year service along with two tyre replacements and the fitting of an additional driver's side cup holder. Including VAT this came to £524.
When the dealer ordered the cup holder from the factory, whilst a "right-hand side" box came, it contained a passenger side cup holder. This happened twice and I was told the production line has been stopped while this problem is being sorted out.
The only other major problem I have is the fact it is the 2.0 V6 model, (as confirmed in the What Car? reviews, a fuel guzzler). I work shifts and travel a 22-mile round trip. My average speed is 24.7mph, fuel consumption is 25.5mpg. The distance between fill-ups is around 330 miles about every six days, depending on usage.
During the recent service I was loaned a 1.8 diesel saloon. Whilst the car was nippy enough, I just wasn't satisfied with it and am not sure if I would like the diesel version, although I read the model to go for is the 2.0 CDT.
Maybe at the next service I will ask if it is possible to have a 2.0 CDT as a courtesy car to try it out.
PS I think this is a good idea of What Car? giving the general motorist a platform to voice their own opinion on a car.
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