2004 Rover - Austin 75 CDTi Contemporary SE 2.0 turbo diesel
Great value luxury motoring, and different from the usual rep mobiles
Ran out of fuel (faulty fuel gauge).
The Contemporary SE has the MG ZT interior with full leather seats and dark wood effect dash. Everyone is amazed at how luxurious and comfortable it is inside. Certainly a lot of car for the money.
I was unlucky to have the crank shear (not unknown on the BMW engine), but replaced the engine with a low mileage used one from a Freelander, and have had no problems since.
The auto box is smooth and the handling competent, if a little soft, but that gives the smooth ride and comfort.
There are a few things to watch for, not least to keep the drain clear in the plenum, which houses the cabin filter and also the engine management computer.
The electric fan can fail due to a dodgy resistor, but can be easily replaced by an upgraded resistor.
I have done a few mods to mine to improve performance, and have fitted a nice sound system, and can't see myself changing it for a long time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th June, 2010