The time has come to part with my diesel 75 to make way for a Volvo. It's done me very well for the last three years, but it is in need of some TLC.
It's a 2.0 diesel which has been breathed on by a Rover T4 guy to make it more like 160hp. Automatic gearbox (rebuilt a year ago - really smooth box). Spec wise it's a Connoisseur SE so has heated seats / electric mirrors / electric rear roller blind! It's low mileage for a diesel one of these just coming up to 85,000 miles. Doesn't use any oil or water, starts on the button etc... etc... It has a towbar and would make an excellent towing car.
Oil has been changed by me every 8,000 although it's nearly at 10,000 since it's last oil change in April so could do with doing. I've never trusted the 15,000 intervals Rover gave them.
Sandstone leather interior in good condition, proper wood dashboard, nice condition leather cleaned regularly. I have nicked the wood rim steering wheel from it, so you'll have to make do with a sandstone leather wheel in immaculate condition. Its a nice place to sit.
The bits that usually fail on the diesel cars are mostly fine on this one. Fuel pumps are honkeydorey although I always fill up early to keep them in good order! Thermostat is fine too - the car runs at 86'c - 90'c in normal use.
As far as I know there are no water ingress issues in the car, and I replaced the rear light seals when I got it as a preventative measure. Never had any issues with damp in the car / boot.
The bit below might make it seem like a dog - it's not. It's me being really honest about the condition of the car. It's way better than loads out there on the roads, but as above it'll need some TLC if you want to keep it really nice.
Engine cooling / aircon fan doesn't work on any speed. Been this way since I've bought it. Always used diagnostic mode on the dashboard to keep an eye on engine temps. Never exceeded 95'c and that was after sitting in traffic for 2 hours. These are known to run fairly cool, and fan wouldn't kick in until 101'c anyway. Aircon does work, but I've only ever switched it on for relatively short bursts when travelling at 50+mph so plenty of airflow over the radiators. Compressor is not noisy and cools nicely.
I suspect the battery may be on the way out. Since the outside temps got colder it sounds a bit slow on a morning to me. It's still starting it first turn of the key though.
Front suspension has always been bit rumbly. In my ownership I've had the drop links done 4 times, 2 sets of top mounts, loads of bushes to try and quieten it down. MOT man is always happy & it goes through a 4-wheel alignment quite happily too. Garage man suspects it could be combination of 17" wheels and mid range tyres. I don't know but it hasn't got worse in three years.
It has a repair to the offside sill a year and a half ago as it had rusted around the rear jacking point. Repair was done, then some gimp as halfords ran a trolley jack into it which pulled a load of the anti-stonechip coating off. I smeared it liberally with rust-proof primer and painted over with a rattle can. It's all solid, but there's a little bit of rust coming back so probably wants looking at again next year.
It's got what I can only describe as "chatter" from the offside driveshaft. This was commented on when I bought the car by my mechanic. His advice was "do nothing, it will go for years yet". Well it's done 3 years and hasn't got any worse! You just get a bit of chatter when taking off smartly & turning at the same time.
There are a couple of bits to sort on the interior. The driver's seat doesn't quite sit square and gets worse the more you raise it up. Backrest adjustment is also inoperative. Probably could do with a new driver's seat. Passenger door handle surround is loose - needs some copydex or something to stick it back to the doorcard.
Lastly it looks like there's some slightly creative electrickery going on in the boot / rear lights. I haven't looked too hard because everything works fine.
If I was selling this through eBay or Autotrader I'd get it tidied up and stick it on for £1500. But this is AS and you can have it as is for £650. Feel free to make insulting offers - I won't be offended and can only say no!
Pictures attached - car located in Aylesbury, Bucks.