2001 Rover - Austin 75 club SE 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


Head gasket eater


Had a problem with steering when turning knocking sound from front found to be front strut bearings, When I bought it I did some research and found 1.8 k series were prone to head gasket failure so opted for the 2.5 v6 thinking I would be safe. Found that on a weekly check loosing just an egg cup of water from header tank other day temp gauge shot up and overheated pulled over took oil cap off and founf yellow mayo, head gasket failure, not one head, but two so cost will be around £1700 to repair so not such a cheap car afterall. GUTTED no wonder rover went bust!!!

General Comments:

The car is comfortable and quite.

Handles well

Bit hungry on fuel

Nice gearbox

Nice looking car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 2005

7th Nov 2005, 07:33

Your comments make no sense. You say that you were losing "an egg cup" of water per week. Presumably you took the oil cap off and checked for signs of water/oil mixing at this point and found nothing. From what you say, it doesn't sound like the head gasket failure caused the overheating, but that a small coolant leak caused the overheating which in turn caused the gasket failure. Had you found and fixed the coolant loss problem, you would not have a head gasket failure to contend with now.

You can't just run these engines with low coolant - they fail!

The engine is designed in such a way that it only requires aa tiny amount of coolant compared to most other designs. What this does mean is that your "egg cup" equates to half a litre or more on most engines.

All K-series engines are bombproof if the cooling system is maintained properly.

2001 Rover - Austin 75 Tourer club SE 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland


Real value for money, comfortable and reliable



General Comments:

Best car I've owned so far. Economical, comfortable, and I like both the interior styling and the external design.

Would appear to be wearing its tyres quickly, but despite their being 6" wide, no problem with grip, ride etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2004

2001 Rover - Austin 75 Connoisseur 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


You won't find a better car in the price bracket


No faults.

General Comments:

A modern, safe and very comfortable executive saloon.

The build quality is excellent. The engine is very responsive, quiet and super smooth.

The retro design is of high quality and beautifully executed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

2001 Rover - Austin 75 connosieur 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


The perfect mix of comfort performance and reliability with looks to die for


The only slight niggle has been that one of the rear doors was been really hard to open on a couple of occasions when I first got the car, as if the lock was sticking. This has now cleared up and is perfectly fine.

General Comments:

An outstanding value for money car. The equipment level is surpassed by none, I mean this car has satelite navigation and a telly onboard, (the picture is pin sharp) as well as all the usual refinements you would expect. It feels alive to drive (and this is an automatic) The looks are stylish and distinct, and NO it doesn't look like an S-Type it's the S-type if anything that looks like the Rover though I can't see that much similarity between them.

I have always had Rovers my first being a 1982 3500 SD1 and my last prior to this being an 820 vitesse. This is by far the quietest smoothest and most refined Rover to date (if not quite as quick as the vitesse).

The car I have is a 2.5 ltr V6 connoisseur in British racing green with the optional sea green leather interior, it looks superb.

I may be slightly biased, but I honestly believe you would struggle to find a car out there on the market, as well equipped as a 75 for the same sort of money you can pick these up for. A real gem of a car and a real winner for Rover.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

24th May 2006, 15:18

Yes that's is the problem with Rovers. I have found very easy solution to that, If you use WD40 on your handle should be fine, mine working after like new.