2000 Rover - Austin 75 Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2000 Rover - Austin 75 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

Lovely big cruiser

Faults:

Nothing.

The clutch could do with adjustment, but that is minor.

General Comments:

Great car, it's just a shame Jaguar released a car in the same price bracket.

At the moment, a good buy second hand. These are lovely large family cars, good on the motorway, but thirsty round town. Great examples are going for just a few grand, but just remember that tyres etc will be expensive, and it pays to know a reliable garage just in case.

For those who are not interested in how quick a car can bomb round Dunsfield aerodrome, this would be a good buy. I hear the Stig bought his Dad one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th August, 2006

2000 Rover - Austin 75 Rover 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 75

Summary:

Its got its little problems, but a good car

Faults:

The airbag light keeps on going on and off in the dash. I plugged my mates computer on the car the computer said the ecu is receiving low voltage.

Is it the battery or is it the alternator on the way out the computer said the airbag light fault is ok can someone help please thanks.

General Comments:

The car is quick and lovely to drive and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2006

2000 Rover - Austin 75 Connoisseur SE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance94567 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

A Rolls Royce at Mondeo money!

Faults:

No faults to date!

General Comments:

Well the interior is just fantastic, you feel so at home when you are sitting in the car.

And it's very well built - not one squeak or rattle after 94k!

It's all made of hard wearing materials. To look at it you would not think that the car had done so many miles!

The dashboard is very well thought out. All the dials are easy to read night or day, all the switch gear is at your finger tips, and simple to use with a nice feel.

There are enough toys and gadgets on this car to keep you amused for hours, like the most amazing on board computer that tells you every thing from when your window washer is low to exactly what light bulb has blown!

But the best toy of them all is the electric rear blind! (Lovely when people behind are looking at you)

Just shutting the doors you get a satisfying clunk! And you know that you are driving a quality car!

The drive of the car is super, quiet and smooth, and I'm yet to drive another car that has a better ride!

After nearly 5 years I don't feel let down by this car!

About to get my next brand new Rover 75 in the next month!

And I'm sure that the new Rover will please me as much as much as the current car has done!

The Rover 75 does show that Rover is back and is still making brilliant cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2005

2000 Rover - Austin 75 Connoisseur 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Probably good if you get a good one and not a

Faults:

Cruise Control (Faulty on delivery) took 4 visits to repair (5 days off the road)

Interior auto dipping mirror (Faulty on delivery) 1 day to repair

3 of the 4 alloy wheels began to peel! within the first 4 months (Rover would only replace them one at a time so meant 3 separate visits)

Windscreen replaced twice. (The tinting in the galss was smeared the first time. When the engineer replaced the screen, he managed to damage the new one with his diamond ring - hence the second screen (2 days off the road)

Rear screen replaced (same fault as the front one)

Exterior door handles faulty on all, but one door (1 day off the road)

Interior door handles faulty (2 days off the road)

Electric seat recline switches (both sides) broken so seat cannot tilt

Airbag light continues to come on and go off at erratic intervals despite having been "fixed" three times at the dealers

Trim piece at side of front screen fell off

Drivers side window does not raise fully without repeated pulls on the switch

MAS or MASS air filter (or something like that) failed at 30,000 miles and the car drove like a fiat panda 750 with 27 rugby players in it. We happened to be in East Germany at the time so had to drive all the way home at about 50mph!

Countless headlight bulbs, brake light bulbs (27 at last count I believe) dealer says there is no fault!!!

Various other bits and pieces that I can't be bothered typing about, but I am sure you get the idea!!

General Comments:

My business partner and I thought we would treat ourselves to a couple of the 75's on contract hire with Rover. At the time, the connoisseur SE diesels were quite rare and took a bit of tracking by our original dealer. We live in Warrington, Cheshire. One car was in Doncaster the other at a dealer in Jersey. When my car finally arrived (after a run in with Customs and Excise) the problems started. In the first 3 months, the car spent a total of 18 days in the dealers with countless visits since. Even the other car is not without fault, it has 30,000 miles on the clock and has recently spent almost 3 months off the road awaiting a new clutch!!

Would I buy or lease another Rover? Will the Queen leave the Duke of Edinburgh and move in with me over a chip shop in Peckham???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st January, 2003

28th May 2003, 11:26

Well the Rover has now gone...goodbye! I have decided not to replace it with a company car due to the excessive and unnecessary tax burden placed on us poor unfortunate drivers. I have however bought my first car in 12 years... A 1998 Ford Scorpio, 24V, 2.9 litre Cosworth.

Wow what a car in comparison to the 75. This car has everything and it gets noticed too because of the (controversial at the time) "buggy headlights" but just look at the Mercedes range, the new Mini and the Citroen Saxo, they all have them now.

Would I swap back even though my average economy is now 19 mpg?

No way matey!!!

24th Jan 2005, 12:42

£600 for a clutch. OMG!! No wonder they are dirt cheap now. Plenty for under £3000.

4th Aug 2006, 03:24

Where did you get the £600 quote from? I just bought a Rover 75 for £1000 because of a broken gearbox, and changed the entire gearbox and installed a new clutch plus the master cylinder (I think that's what they called the thingy inside the gearbox that's usually outside the gearbox, so its easy to change in any other vehicle, but this one, since it was open, I decided to change it - better safe than sorry). Anyway, I digress. The gearbox, a 37,000 miles reconditioned unit was £235, the fitting was £340 with all new parts. That's £575, so well below the £600 to change just a clutch.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 11 reviews