Rover 75, which engine?!

Rover 75, which engine?!

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AreOut

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3,647 posts

118 months

Sunday 1st October 2017
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I have shortlisted three cars, one is 2000 2.0 V6, second one is 2000 1.8 non-turbo and third one is 2005 1.8 turbo (restyled one), all manual gearboxes. I'd install LPG if that matters.

is 2005 worth ~1.500 EUR difference(I'm based in mainland Europe)?

cologne2792

1,562 posts

83 months

Sunday 1st October 2017
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My friend's just bought a very nice 75 estate with a V8 and manual box - I'd recommend that one.

AreOut

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3,647 posts

118 months

Sunday 1st October 2017
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I'd buy it in a heartbeat if it wasn't 15K+ over here, literally five times the price of lesser ones

tonys

1,080 posts

180 months

Sunday 8th October 2017
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Assuming all were similar bodywise, I'd opt for the V6. It was improved for the 75 from the original offering in the 800 and, in my opinion, is a better engine than the 1.8 and likely to be more reliable.

Having said that, you're talking about the newest of the three mentioned being 12 years old and the others 17 years old, so much will depend on how they've been treated/serviced etc during that time.

AppleJuice

2,026 posts

42 months

Tuesday 9th January 2018
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AreOut said:
I have shortlisted three cars, one is 2000 2.0 V6, second one is 2000 1.8 non-turbo and third one is 2005 1.8 turbo (restyled one), all manual gearboxes. I'd install LPG if that matters.

is 2005 worth ~1.500 EUR difference(I'm based in mainland Europe)?
Second generation KV6 engines (2.0- and 2.5-litre) use multi-layer head gaskets and don't tend to go wrong that way - VIS motors seem to be the main bugbear however.

Which one did you buy OP?

AreOut

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3,647 posts

118 months

Wednesday 10th January 2018
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Found a good Lexus IS200 and couldn't be more happy.

Thorodin

2,429 posts

90 months

Tuesday 27th March 2018
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After what seems a (hugely enjoyable) lifetime of P6B's I went for a 75 9 years ago. 2.5 Auto from year 2005. Wonderful. You have to get one that has been rigorously maintained (as with anything else) and preferably low miles, but that isn't essential as the engine is good for high mileages.

In my 9 years with it there have been very few problems and no serious ones. Bags of power if you need it and all-day top speed cruising too. The 'Sport' on the auto changes the character effectively. Playing with the gear selector is great fun as you can pre-select to use the full rev range if that's your thing.

The model does have minor inconveniences but are easily overcome. As above, a rigorous maintenance history is vital on any car but especially on one this long in the tooth. There is not much difference between the 2.0 and 2.5 either in mpg or top performance but how it does it is markedly different. As you might think, the 2.0 feels busy, the 2.5 more refined. During my ownership I also had a well maintained 2.0 for a while as comparison and sold it a couple of years ago because I used the 2.5 much more. Dirt cheap at the moment.