2002 Rover - Austin 75 Classic Tourer 2.0L CDT turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A fitting epitaph for the British Motor Industry


- Electrics went a bit funny, with the speedo not working and various error messages flashing up on the message centre. However, switched the radio off and on again (I'd a habit of just leaving it on) and the electrics started working again!

- Sound proofing underneath the engine was fairly easily dislodged.

General Comments:

Fantastic car. The ride quality is fantastic, and it's like sitting on an arm chair in the QE2, as you cruise your way up and down the motorways effortlessly.

The 'Classic SE' trim level was a bit of a disappointment after my MG ZT-T, but even so, it still has the electric sunroof, brilliant comfy plush chairs, reversing sensors, and it still reminds me of the sort of car I lusted after as a wee boy - Jaguars, Rolls Royce's and such like.

Fuel consumption is a little disappointing, but then it is an automatic, and it will still return 50+ when cruising down the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2011

2002 Rover - Austin 75 Connoisseur SE 2.0 CDT from Serbia


Quiet, smooth, with a superb ride quality


I crashed it only few days after buying it, and the radiator fan was cracked. Because of the OEM fan costs, I had it fitted with an aftermarket. It was OK for the engine, but killed 2 air conditioning compressors, which were changed with no success.

The ABS light was on due to a chaffed ABS sensor wire, and I had the sensor replaced. I had minor electrical problems with doors, windows and locks which were fixed easily.

The car was crashed a few times before I bought it, neglected for a year or two at dealers, and that's the mother of all the problems.

The seat adjust switches never worked at all and the airbag light was always on...

General Comments:

Quiet, smooth, with a superb ride quality, Rover 75 diesel is the best buy at a budget price.

Interior and equipment are so much better than competitors that any comparison is impossible!

If you want a transport from A to B, then 75 is NOT the choice. But if you want to drive the car, you will see the difference in a second. 5,5l/100km highway, 8,5l/100km in the city is VERY nice for a 1600kg bear.

The cabin could have a bit more room for legs, but that's it. Driving 1100 km in one day, piece of cake!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2011

2002 Rover - Austin 75 CDTi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Abysmal reliabilty, and cost of repairs


Clutch failure at 38k.

MAF failure at 36k and 62k.

ECU failure 45k.

Cooling fan replaced twice now in 18 months.

Air-con failure 53k.

Air bag light 5 times.

Electric seats 50k.

Front springs corroded in 2006.

Temperature gauge replaced twice, still inaccurate.

Glow plugs seized in head, massive expensive job.

Injectors leaked.

Bonnet release snapped.

Multichanger gave up.

Boot lock failed.

Battery last about 18 months.

Internal heating fan failed.

General Comments:

I bought two of these vehicles for my business and reviewed the 2000 model on this site.

I won't go back through all the faults, as you see they read like a shopping list for both cars, and many of the faults are the same.

I can't saying strongly enough that I don't recommend these cars. They are completely useless as a form of transport.

Silly little faults quickly build up to costing hundreds, and sometimes over a thousand pounds in repairs. The other problem is garages are reluctant to work on these vehicles because of fears over lack or delays in parts. Parts prices are probably on par with BMW and Mercedes.

Forget about a trade in, garages are not stupid and will would rather lose a sale than take one in.

Best avoided all together.

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

Review Date: 8th August, 2008

2002 Rover - Austin 75 Connoisseur SE CDT 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland


Exceptional value for money and a beautiful car to own and drive


Intermittent loss of one dipped headlight (loose connection somewhere). Otherwise nothing.

General Comments:

A very comfortable, reliable and (for it's size) reasonably economical car. A bit sluggish first thing in cold weather, but I didn't expect a racing car with a diesel automatic.

Very comfortable for long or short journeys. Very good build quality and high level of trim and accessories (sat nav, rear blind, computer, TV etc. etc.) -all of which work in a four year old car.

Get around 38-44 mpg (more than double my old Mercedes) with better performance all round, so I'm more than content.

The best car I've owned (and I've owned all sorts, inc. BMW's and Mercedes). Incredible value for money at the moment because of Rover's collapse. Well worth considering if you want a high-end, very comfortable family or business car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2006