Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Mansfield UK
Car: 2 Rover 25 Diesels and Rover 45 Mk2 diesel
Cosmetically 45s of all ages don't seem to degrade at all, I have evidence they used zinc coated steel for the front wings and may be the rear arches as well because where my wife scraped the paint to the metal, there is still no rusting. This is deceiving because they can rot underneath particularly around the floor pan reinforcing area that supports the rear front subframe mountings.
BCU problems are reported, but I have a Mk2 with 134k miles and have had no problems whatsoever with the electrics. I would not buy one unless there are two key fobs.
I had a N/S front ball joint snap on the A628 Woodhead bypass at 50mph. Not great fun but despite the wheel being folded under the front wing the car remained controllable and I survived to tell the tale. The warning sign is a creaking sound from the front suspension.
25s do rot but not that badly. I have a V reg that is nearly 18 years old and a 53 plate (now in temporary retirement) that is close to 14 years old, both have well over 200k on the clock.
Last edited by Bunny_Brain; 05-05-2017 at 19:43.