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Rover 75 Saloon (99 - 05) review

(1999 - 2005)
Rover 75 Saloon (99 - 05)
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What should I look for in a used Rover 75 saloon?

The 75 was almost certainly the best-built Rover ever. Early cars had their problems, but these were sorted out reasonably quickly and owners generally report that the 75 is well screwed together and trouble-free.

However, there are weak spots. Front coil springs have broken on some cars and it's not uncommon for the motor that operates the electric seat adjustment to fail.

The 1.8 is prone to overheating and blowing its head gasket if the coolant isn't kept topped up. So, check the level in the radiator and inspect the dipstick and inside the oil filler cap for signs of creamy emulsion, which would indicate big trouble.

Also, look for uneven tyre wear - suspension problems can be hard to fix on the 75 - and rusted brake pipes. On diesels, check the clutch carefully.

Finally, examine the bodywork for dings - the sides are prone to car-park scars and the back end can pick up knocks because rear visibility isn't great, especially in the rain.

What are the most common problems with a used Rover 75 saloon?

Is a used Rover 75 saloon reliable?