Originally Posted by Man in the Car
Odd - MG ZR with 15" Turbine alloys from a Rover 25 and bare plastic mirror covers??????
..............but a little research shows it to be a Rover 25 GSi with an MG ZR bumper
I'm not a Rover spotter, but come to think of it. I was puzzled by the 'Rover 25' written across the tailgate. All I know is that this one has leather seats and the air-con doesn't work (I spoke to the owner this morning). Speaking of which. This......
I've spent a fair chunk of the day mucking out the interior of the 25. It took two soapy buckets of warm water to remove the worst of the filth. The brown hued grey is now, just plain grey. It took another bucket of water (and foamy fabric cleaner) to deal with the seats. I admit, I should've taken a photo when I did the drivers seat, but the difference between the drivers seat and the passenger seat was VERY noticeable! The headlining came up well. There wasn't half some muck on that. After that. I have the carpets a good going over with a vacuum cleaner. There's just the polishing to do.
Now. I'm not aiming for a pristine condition inside the car. If I wanted that. I'd go to a proper valet. Then I'd be afraid to get it dirty again. I aimed for a clean, but used look. Some of the interior plastics have the odd scratch. If I wanted 'pristine', I'd have to replace those plastics. I'm happy with the result I have (Well. Will be, once I've done the polishing).
I did the first tyre pressure check sine I've had the Rover. It was at that point that I noticed that all four tyres were the wrong size for the steel wheels. This has happened to me before when I first had my old Rover 416SLi. The tyres on the front were one wrong size. The tyres on the back were another wrong size. The 25 was no different. All four tyres are supposed to be the same size (175/65R14 according to the book)! The Rover 416 was easy to explain. I went in to get a pair of tyres changed to the correct ones (for alloy wheels) and the tyre depot tried to sell me the wrong ones (but correct for steel wheels). I suspect that my 25 suffered the same fate and ended up with tyres suitable for alloy wheels. I'm not unduly worried at the moment. The 185/60R14 front tyres are fine. The 185/65R14 rear tyres will need changing before the next MOT. Oh. Did I mention that the tyre pressures were wrong. Well, three of them were. All fixed now.
While I was poking about around the wheels. I knocked off some of the dirt that accumulates in the wheel arches. Well I never. All four arches have plastic linings! No wonder these cars don't rot. I'll have to get the power washer out and give the underneath of the car a good clean. It'll probably make the Rover a few Lbs lighter.