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Hello pals!

Very soon (D-5) I'll be delighted to present you my last purchase.
As a Rover addict, it couldn't be another car but a Rover.
Not even a Jag, and I love Jags nevertheless. But the Jags are no longer the Jags.
It will be the fourth Rover in the family since 1990.

I had chased her very long since but I knew what I wanted:
Actual burr walnut, leather, two-coloured wheel, hi standard stereo, automatic clim, highc spec interior, good powerful & reliable engine, petrol and no diesel, nice looking body colour, good condition, not too many miles and so and so.
And - don't forget - reasonably priced (in France of course. In the UK it's cheaper).
To make it short outside the UK as rare as hen teeth!

I bet you've already guessed what...

But found her 250ml far from home. A brave journey by coach.
I'll go next Thursday to pick off my second ladylove...

So I wish to be able here to write a little chronicle with pics (that's for @Roverlike ;) and others indeed) to show the mistress and eventually to inform day by day about my fortunes and good surprises (I've never driven with an automatic gearbox...) and - hope not - disappointments or misfortunes.

But I do keep my bonnie lovely 25, now on my wife's car, and I've sold yesterday the Italian convertible (Fiat Punto 1.6 90bhp ELX Bertone 1995).

Two Rovers in my garages: what a joy! :bgrin:

Coming back soon...
 

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Let us see it, when she comes! :broon: What year she is: mk1 or mk2?
Have a closer look: "Actual burr walnut" I told.
After 2000 due to the restrictions it was only copy of genuine one.
My future 75 V6 2.5 Connie SE was built (*) in the beginning of the year 2000, a few weeks between the desertion of BMW.
Hence Mk1 of course. :wink:
EDIT: (*) in Cowley, Oxfordshire, not in Longbridge.
 

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I'm just a little bit jealous. You've managed to get what I was looking for, for over a year and failed. Mind you. I wanted a Rover 75 in dark blue with black leather.

Trust me. You'll love the automatic gearbox. The Rover 75 is very much a 'Waftmobile'. Very grand and very relaxing to drive. I can't be bothered with manuals now. I've found that moving that stick thingy an inconvenience as I sit in my leather armchair.

I know what you mean about Jags. The whole Mondeo thing is still quite funny. As for the Diesel X-Type. That had a Transit van engine. Ho ho ho.

Oh wait. Didn't the MGB have a Sherpa van engine?
 

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I'm just a little bit jealous. You've managed to get what I was looking for, for over a year and failed. Mind you. I wanted a Rover 75 in dark blue with black leather.

Trust me. You'll love the automatic gearbox. The Rover 75 is very much a 'Waftmobile'. Very grand and very relaxing to drive. I can't be bothered with manuals now. I've found that moving that stick thingy an inconvenience as I sit in my leather armchair.
@spudgun, guess who put me that KV6 2.5 Connie in mind?! ;)
Mine will be an Atlantic blue one with cream leather inside. I don't know exactly which is the very name of the colour. What I know from pics is that it is not too light, and not blue. I have the CD changer too but not the GPS which isn't a concern. Just a bit more km than I had liked: 97.5k miles. But I can't complain. It's a beauty. :petevick:
 

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I wouldn't worry about the GPS. You might be able to retro-fit the hi-line, but the low line would be to awkward. With the age of the car. Project Drive won't be a problem. Oh. Watch out. Retro-fits can be a bit addictive.
 

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I wouldn't worry about the GPS. You might be able to retro-fit the hi-line, but the low line would be to awkward. With the age of the car. Project Drive won't be a problem. Oh. Watch out. Retro-fits can be a bit addictive.
I can't see myself retrofitting the hi-line with a screen on which GPS is now dreadfully obsolete (non longer any update - rubbish!). It might be nicer on a cosmetic side, I love genuine cosmetic especially in that type and category of cars, but I am equally interested in functionality and practicability.

So my first problem (which isn't really one for me) will be solved in this way: connecting my very recent 6" luxury TomTom GPS on the cigar lighter socket. Not too elegant would grumble the purists, but very efficient nevertheless, and that's the point.

My second concern: I chose a very good Bluetooth hand free Pioneer radio for my 25. And I was delighted to be able to answer when called (and only in that case - I don't want to call myself when driving - it's boring and over all forbidden) and over the moon to hear all the musics I've recorded in my LG playlist.
But what to do with the 75 genuine radio tape and the 6 CD changer?
I don't mind to get my whole CD library in my new car. Obsolete as well on my point of view. Like the old kind of phone which can be implemented.
And I don't want to make any mods in that brilliant executive car. Purists would feel outraged. I understand that.
The seller solved the problem: he bought a mock tape provided with a cable to connect to the I/O of a cellular phone. Brilliant! When you push on tape, you can hear the music play list, and it's possible to be called the interlocutor voice coming from the car speakers and your micro being the one of the phone.
Job done without costing a penny!

So what other interesting feature could be retrofitted in that Connoisseur SE model, already provided with a lot of them?
Maybe the rear parking sensor if there isn't: I don't know at the moment.
Should be very useful with a comparatively tiny rear window: I was used to appreciate my 25 hatchback.
I'll see that next Thursday. D-3!
 

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It's hard to make suggestions as to what to retro-fit, until we know what you've got. I admit, I'm a bit of a purist. Everything has to look original. Even when I fitted a switch for the heated mirrors on my old Rover 25. I used an original switch, even though the switch wasn't an original fitment.

I stick to my CD changer as I create my own discs. In a strange twist. The 6 discs that were in my old Rover 400, went into the Rover 25. They're now in the Jag.

Bluetooth is very popular now. Even Jaguar had the Audio Connectivity Module as an add on kit. It connected to the stock radio and over rode the CD changer when selected. Sadly, I never found anything similar for a Rover 75. All is not lost though. There's plenty of aftermarket stuff that'll fit. I've even seen a sat nav unit that'll do just about everything!

We'll just wait for the photo's for now.
 

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Not to spoil your topic, @Spudgun, I am reacting at once here about what you have said about some people failing their MOT for a very trivial and preposterous reason as worn brakes.

Mind you that I'm to purchase my 75 Connie for I bet the same reason: the seller cannot or don't want to afford any money for the sometimes rather expensive service items of his car!

He bought her only a year and a half ago and that's it. Now The front brakes are a bit deformed, sometimes squealing, sometimes vibrating, and I had to insist that I shall not buy this car without any good and reliable repair (discs, pads & fluid will be changed by a good mechanic). The job will be done on the Thursday morning and I'll take the car in the afternoon!

For the remaining of the car, all is in good order. He may have been a bit reluctant to pay the last services, but he is honest, I had the evidences. He sent me many pictures, didn't hide any little detail and I'll have all the garage bills on a five years period. He knows that any cheat will cancel the deal.

D-2.
 

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Just one question. When was the cambelt last changed (Just saw an advert for a cheap Rover 75 that had a snapped cambelt)?
 

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Just one question. When was the cambelt last changed (Just saw an advert for a cheap Rover 75 that had a snapped cambelt)?
Three years ago.
Haynes 75/MG ZT manual gives 6 years as a normal span.
But here in France changing all the belts and the pump is a pita job for the mechanics and takes a full 8 hours to be done. Hence a jolly good heap of €€€! And you must now find a garage that accepts to do the trick, not so common. The brand no longer existing, lots of people are taken back.

D-1!
 

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Congratulations on your new acquisition :grin:

KV6 cambelts change are a big job wherever you are. Fortunately you've got 3 years left (if you don't drive a big mileage)
 

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Thank you.
I've got the beast this afternoon. It's a treat !
But I'm uneasy with my cellular phone and I'll be much more talkative tomorrow evening.
But at the moment my new 75 was worth the 380km disturbance !
 

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Surprise!

My first impressions tomorrow - I'm a bit tired, too much emotion you know! but to help you waiting and still to manage the suspense, here is my first pic:

 

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Dammit Dorchester. You've got one in the colour I wanted.
Sorry mate, I apologize.
But come here and show me your Jag before that Brexit has broken everything, and I'll show you my Connie!

Next post today soon.
 

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So here we are.
I drove her along more than 250ml and it's a real bliss!

Nice and smooth V6 sound, nervous kick down (I used the trick only once, but what a kick in the ass!), amazing automatic gearbox (never ever had I one before!), very efficient brakes, very comfortable and luxurious armchairs, fantastic quietness inside, glossy and shiny colour, classical refined British quality dashboard, very high quality stereo sound, amazing speed stabiliser, what else?

That executive car (as they told us) is a dream!

Just needed a slight bit of TLC : a few tiny chips on the body (nevertheless in very good general condition), rear bumper not so neat (maybe to be repainted, I'll see), a few bits neglected (a chromium rod not tightly fixed on the right of the windscreen, a strip of liner detached near the rear window, two plastic rod displaced at the bottom of the right doors between the carpet and the door rubber, two missing bolts to attach the cylinder head cover written V6) and a fuel hose likely because there's a slight smell of fuel, but absolutely no leak of any kind: the ground was entirely clean in the morning and nothing to be seen as far as I could have a close look everywhere easily accessible.

Some late good works on the engine (oil, filter, front vented brakes & pads, front silent blocks) the day before the deal, but nothing else has been done during the seller ownership!
Nevertheless the engine and all the electricity is in good working order.
But I need to do:
- spark plugs to change (3 years 1/2)
- coolant to renew (3 years 1/2)
- air filter to change (more than 4 years - I ordered a good K&N panel)
- passenger compartment filter to change
- air con fluid to control and if needed to top
- automatic gearbox to control, to top or to change

I'll see next week at a good mechanic's and at his colleague's the painter.

Afterwards, I would like a parking alarm, but not so sure I could find a complete Rover factory genuine one and above all the skilful guy able to install it. Never ever had I so long a car and it's really an impossible mission to clearly see exactly where you put your back bumper when going backwards.

But what a joy to become the guardian of one of the last finest British cars of a nearly bygone era.
I feel myself responsible of a slice of British motor history, don't I?

Coming next a few more pictures.
 
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