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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2017, 22:19 Thread Starter
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my Rover 75 diesel

Hello.

This is my Rover 75 diesel and its the higher power variant and it had done 190k miles when I got it 1.5 years ago and it has now done 225k miles.
The car looks nice and has probably been taken car of by the original owner but the person I bought it from hadn't taken too good care of it.

Previously I had a 1999 Rover 400 1.6 to which I had also done a lot of work and that was a nice and relatively quickly accelerating car but its problem was that I really needed a tourer for the extra space and I need to tow my Mg Metro hill climb car around to races which the 400 wasn't allowed to.

So far besides oil, all filters and all tyres I have changed the following:
both front lower suspension arms
both front anti-roll bar links
all 4 disks and pads
handbrake shoes
rear shock absorbers
rear springs
fixed a leaky intercooler
polished both headlights
fixed the fan behind the bumper
changed a lousy unoriginal headunit with a good one and the steeringwheel controls box to fit

The car still needs work though, among other things a rear wheel bearing, two broken cup holders, central locking not working in either of the two rear doors, two rusty door finishers

My first point is that it is quite an expensive car to fix compared to the old 400 so I really hope it passes its MOT in about 2 weeks.
And my second point is that the guy who designed the rear brakes, front suspension and intercooler pipe routing wasn't a very maintenance minded guy.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 17-06-2017, 19:38
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225 k and still looks good in the photos. My express is nearly 80k down on that and looks far worse for wear...
Unfortunately as vehicles get more and more complicated they become harder to work on as things are placed by a computer with no consideration for future access. We have some scania deckers at work and changing a radiator on them is near enough a 2 day job because access is so restricted by the body...
Although items don't fail as often now I think repair costs are worse because of the time spent changing things when they do fail. I had a mk2 focus and to change the demister motor the dash had to come out, the heater matrix and air conditioning matrix had to come out for access so that had to be degassed. Then to actually get the dash out the doors had to come off. All that for a stupid motor...
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225 k and still looks good in the photos. My express is nearly 80k down on that and looks far worse for wear...
Unfortunately as vehicles get more and more complicated they become harder to work on as things are placed by a computer with no consideration for future access. We have some scania deckers at work and changing a radiator on them is near enough a 2 day job because access is so restricted by the body...
Although items don't fail as often now I think repair costs are worse because of the time spent changing things when they do fail. I had a mk2 focus and to change the demister motor the dash had to come out, the heater matrix and air conditioning matrix had to come out for access so that had to be degassed. Then to actually get the dash out the doors had to come off. All that for a stupid motor...
that does sound more difficult than what I am doing
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So I took the car to its by-yearly MOT and it failed on a track-rod end that needed changing (the one I haven't changed already) and a broken front spring.

I hope this car has a really long run soon where I don't need to fix anything
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Well that's not too bad. Once the track rod and spring are done at least it'll have a clean bill of health. You'll finally be able to enjoy it
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