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  1. As a teenager my dream car was a Rover 75. I've realised that several times over with varying success. Although my current Connoisseur SE V6 has seen me through 3 years and is currently away being fettled for its 4th year with me. I can't see me getting rid of that car until I *really* have to. There's a list of cars I'd like, but the 75 is the one for me. Rover 75 Volvo XC70 P2 (preferably brown with a brown leather interior) Volvo V70 P2 Rover 800 series (Fastback only - I think this ship has sailed now) BMW E39 5 Series (again, this has probably sailed now)
  2. I'm going to have to get involved here. I've had this very debate on twitter. The 75's face is as it was designed from the start. You can see the shut line between the bumper and wing in this concept sketch: The 75 was never designed with the indicator as part of the headlamp unit. This has been clarified by a certain Mr Woolley.
  3. Yes indeed. I picked up a little MG ZR earlier in the year which has been run true bangernomic style (part worns, £25 MOT etc...) which so far is really cheap motoring. On the flip side I paid £750 for my Rover 75 which I have spent over £5k getting to a really nice standard. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  4. So very glad to see this car is on form again. And it makes me feel a little more secure about myself spending large sums on old cars. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  5. Time for a bit of an update. Starting to feel like after 3 years I'm finally making significant headway with this car, and it's getting to the point of very much being a 'rolling resto'. The car has needed a little bit of TLC this week in the form of gearbox solenoid thingies & upon investigation NSF lower wishbone / balljoint / associated bushes needed some immediate attention. - another relatively significant outlay on an old car. Since buying the car it now stands me in at a grand total of £5809.45. A brief recap of the work carried out is as follows: Buying the sodding thing Track Rod Ends Front Top Mounts Full (custom / stainless) Exhaust (inc cat) OSF lower suspension arm + bushes Aircon investigation / regass Full timing belt kit / water pump / ancillaries Auxiliary belt Engine breather hoses / system Replacement ECU Gearbox fluid flush & change Thermostat replacement 2x Rear coil springs Wiper blades OSR jacking point sill repair Gearbox fluid flush & change NSF lower suspension arm + bushes Set of Goodyear tyres Gearbox investigation / replacement of solenoid set General servicing x3 This works out at an average of £264.07 per visit to the garage - relatively happy with that, although as I'm a total mechanical ignoramus, I do have suck up the hourly rate of my local MGR specialist (he's very worth it though!). My attention really must turn towards the car's cosmetics next. Both front and rear bumpers are grotty in places - it looks like they've both had previous fibreglass repairs. Also some idiot wheeled a trolley into the rear quarter which has left a small dent, and there are some slightly unsightly scratches (although no dents) on the NSR door from the previous owner. From 10 yards away the car looks lovely, but when you're up close there's definitely things that could be improved. Onwards and upwards!
  6. Yes crown alloys [emoji108] For me this is the perfect spec of 75. Pre project drive (although Longbridge built), Connie SE with all the toys and the 15" crown wheels. I've had 17" serpent wheels on a previous 75 but they really do affect the ride quality. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  7. Update, although there's not all that much to update. The car has seen me through a job change recently, which has meant racking up a few miles and a few day trips etc... We're now sitting at 115,550 miles and running beautifully. I think I'm ready to turn my attention to the cosmetic issues that require sorting. It needs a new front and rear bumper due to previous (bodged?) repairs by (or on behalf of) the previous owner. However Damson red wasn't exactly the most common colour and finding bumpers with the correct holes for headlamp washers & rear parking sensors is proving difficult. I also need a couple of interior bits - namely the kick strips that are renowned for coming away as people enter and exit the vehicle. One day it'll be one of the best 75s still on the road. On the whole, I don't think he's looking too shabby...
  8. All did not end well. It was left parked while I was at work and I came back to find the whole side of the car had been opened up - like a massive tin opened had driven past it. I suspect farm machinery or the back of a lorry's trailer etc... Sold the car for peanuts to a guy off here (can't remember the name). Seems to have been MOT'd since then so it lives in somewhere. My goodness I want another Volvo Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  9. Mine tend to do a month on / month off so I don't have to pay tax on both at the same time. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  10. My other half has sort of half been thinking about learning to drive. I'm all for this, for obvious collectioneering benefits. What put her off before was not having a car to practise with in between lessons, so I began my search... Interestingly one of my twitter followers posted up an MG ZR that he had taken in part exchange and was looking to flip. After a few messages back and forth we decided that it sounded a pretty good car, and for the money he wanted, we'd be a bit stupid not to purchase it. So I now (sort of - it's her car really) own a 15 year old, automotive kettle! Despite the fact I'm physically way too tall for it and have to drive it with my knees round my ears, it's actually a decent car. It goes well, handles well and looks nice enough to invest some time in cleaning it up properly. It came with 60,000 miles and a massive wad of history (it was maintained at the garage where it was taken in part exchange), with no history of kettlement and no hint that its on the horizon either.
  11. Blimey - haven’t updated this since last July. Good news: No breakdowns despite having out 4K miles on it since Gaydon last year. Bad news: 3 MOT failure items this year. To be honest it’s my own fault as I knew about all of them, but bunged it in for the test anyway. Windscreen washer pump had given up, a rear coil spring had cracked (I had heard it go BOING and assumed a spring had gone), and sill corrosion around the near side rear jacking point. All sorted as well as a full service and going over. Total spend now north of £6000 (including purchase) but I *think* it’s pretty much perfect, at least mechanically.
  12. Roverageous


    I don’t drive into London, however I’ve run my 2001 V6 75 (auto) through the checker, et voila...
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