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The sound quality on my Alpine Symphony Head Unit is poor - what can I do to improve it?

Here are details of an upgrade you can perform on your Symphony unit. It is called the SLE upgrade.

http://www.r75-parts.de/en/
 

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What items did MG Rover delete from the MG ZT and Rover 75 as a result of Project Drive?

Date of change / From VIN Number (Last 6 Digits) / Change

15/01/2001 - RJ 205081 - LEATHER HANDBRAKE GRIP REPLACED BY PLASTIC GRIP
29/01/2001 - RJ 206392 - BOTTOM COOLANT HOSE - HEAT SLEEVE DELETION ON 1.8 ONLY
01/02/2001 - RJ 205371 - CIGAR LIGHTER – CHANGE TO TYPE FITTED
08/03/2001 - RJ 206814 - VIN PLATE – CHANGE TO CONTENT
26/03/2001 - RJ 208804 - D POST BADGE – DELETION FROM D POST FINISHER
04/05/2001 - RJ 218882 - FRONT SEAT BELT LOWER ANCHORAGE BOLT HEAD CAPS - DELETION
07/05/2001 - RJ 215291 - HIGH PRESSURE PAS SENSOR - DELETION ON KV6
14/05/2001 - RJ 215035 - LEATHER GEAR KNOB – CHANGE TO PLASTIC TYPE - CLASSIC & CLUB MODELS
04/06/2001 - RJ 218712 - ROVER ‘VIKING’ BOOT BADGE - DELETION
11/06/2001 - RJ 219627 - CATALYST HEAT SHIELD – DELETION ON 1.8 & KV6
21/06/2001 - RJ 218712 - FRONT DOOR ENGINE DERIVATIVE BADGES - DELETION
01/07/2001 - RJ 225237 - SUN VISORS – CHANGE IN SPECIFICATION - CLASSIC NOW PVC - CLUB NOW NON ILLUMINATED
13/07/2001 - RJ 214656 - TYRE SIZE CHANGE FROM 205/65 R15 TO 195/65 R15
06/08/2001 - RJ 223061 - LOAD SPACE STOWAGE LID - DELETED ON 75 TOURER
03/09/2001 - RJ 226529 - DOOR REFLECTORS – CHANGE TO SELF-ADHESIVE TYPE
17/09/2001 - -- ------- - JACK HANDLE - GRIP DELETION
21/10/2001 - RJ 233774 - BONNET LOCKING PLATFORM WARNING LABELS – COMBINE 3 INTO 1
05/11/2001 - RJ 234500 - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER – CHANGE TO FLUID TYPE FITTED - ROVER 75 CDT AUTOMATIC
05/11/2001 - RJ 235722 - ENGINE OIL COOLER – CHANGE TO FLUID TYPE FITTED
14/11/2001 - RJ 235915 - REAR LAMP ACCESS PANEL DELETION
19/11/2001 - RJ 235526 - REAR PARCEL SHELF SOUND INSULATION - DELETION
10/12/2001 - RJ 240702 - AM/FM DIVERSITY AERIAL AMPLIFIER - DELETION
07/01/2002 - RJ 241521 - EXHAUST SYSTEM – DESIGN CHANGE - ROVER 75 CDT SALOON & TOURER
04/03/2002 - RJ 249425 - DRIVERS GRAB HANDLE - DELETION
04/03/2002 - RJ 250641 - REAR PARCEL SHELF – MODIFICATION & FITMENT OF DYNAMIC ABSORBER - 75 CDT WITH 16"/17" WHEELS
11/03/2002 - RJ 251669 - PLENUM DRAIN TUBE - MODIFICATION
18/03/2002 - RJ 251971 - POWER STEERING PUMP COVER - DELETION ON KV6
08/04/2002 - RJ 253427 - HEADREST TRIM PIPING ON NON LEATHER 75'S - DELETION
06/05/2002 - RJ 255987 - DOOR MIRROR – SPECIFICATION CHANGE
23/05/2002 - RJ 252351 - VENTED REAR BRAKE DISC – SPECIFICATION CHANGE TO SOLID BRAKE DISC (ZT 160)
01/06/2002 - -- ------- - REAR ANTI-ROLL BAR DELETION - 1.8 & 2.0 CDT SALOON (EXCLUDES KV6, TOURER & MG)
05/08/2002 - RJ 264921 - TAILGATE LATCH FINISHER - DELETION ON 75 TOURER & MG ZT-T
02/09/2002 - RJ 267855 - FUEL BURNING HEATER - DELETION ON ALL DIESEL MODELS
02/09/2002 - RJ 266128 - BODY COLOUR SIDE FINISHER - DELETION ON ZT & ZT-T MODELS (REINSTATED QUICKLY)
23/09/2002 - RJ 269854 - ENGINE COMPARTMENT UNDERTRAY – DELETION (K1.8)
07/10/2002 - -- ------- - INSTANT TYRE REPAIR (ITR) - INTRODUCTION
07/10/2002 - RJ 270482 - AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL (ATC) – CHANGE TO MODEL APPLICABILITY (CLUB MODELS)
30/10/2002 - RJ 274483 - PLUG CAP COIL INTRODUCTION ON KV6
02/09/2002 - RJ 268228 - TWIN HORN REPLACED WITH SINGLE HORN
06/11/2002 - RJ 274575 - ALLOY WHEEL CENTRES – MATERIAL CHANGE
11/11/2002 - RJ 275024 - DRIVERS SIDE PLENUM DRAIN TUBE - DELETION
14/11/2002 - RJ 271850 - TAILGATE RELEASE SWITCH - DELETION ON TOURER & ZT-T
25/11/2002 - RJ 276797 - SIDE DOOR REFLECTORS – MATERIAL CHANGE
04/12/2002 - RJ 277641 - TOOLKIT STOWAGE – COMMON ACROSS RANGE
13/01/2003 - RJ 279607 - BODY COLOUR DOOR MIRROR CAPS - DELETION ON 75 CLASSIC & ZT 120
 

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How do I know which factory my Rover 75 or MG ZT was built in.

If you look at the VIN Number for your car (It starts with SAR .....), look at the 11th letter from the left.

M = Cowley
D = Longbridge
 

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How do I know which model year my Rover 75 or MG ZT is? Cars can very often sit in a compound for a long time before being registered, so this guide will tell you which model year your car is.

If you look at the VIN Number for your car (It starts with SAR .....), look at the 10th letter from the left.

X = 1999 Model Year
Y = 2000 Model Year
1 = 2001 Model Year
2 = 2002 Model Year
3 = 2003 Model Year
4 = 2004 Model Year
5 = 2005 Model Year
 

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How To Reset the Radio Module in a HiLine Nav Setup

This reset procedure for the high line ICE came from the ICE/Electrical department of MG Rover Product Development.

If the radio in this vehicle sticks on one station and you are unable to select anything other than tape or CD please carry out the following procedure to reset the unit.

1. Switch off unit using main on/off button (one with the little orange triangle on the bottom right of the unit)
2. Switch on the unit using the same button
3. Within 8 seconds press and hold the TP button, on the unit, until the radio station read out re-appears and music etc can be heard
4. Switch off the unit again
5. Switch the unit back on and you can then select all radio bands along with CD, tape and tuner.

(Credit to Ex-Tester)
 

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How to safely disconnect the battery - Hi Line Sat Nav Models

  1. Open bonnet and boot. Open all four doors - just in case you need access.
  2. Switch off the car at the ignition along with all systems (i.e lights, stereo etc).
  3. Now wait.
  4. It is important that you do not touch anything (i.e switches, door latches or even the lights) because doing so will 'wake up' the SatNav system and you'll have to wait longer....
  5. Keep an eye on the little red LED on the Nav Computer. Once it goes out and stays out you know the system has shut down.
  6. Again, do not touch anything!
  7. You may now safely disconnect the battery.
 

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How to replace the alternator on a Diesel engined Rover 75 or MG ZT, courtesy of riji64

For anyone changing a Rover 75 alternator on a diesel…
I’ve posted this a few times. I hope it helps someone.
Rover 75. 2002 CDT. 1hour off,1 hour for new one on.
Original alternator had done 185,000 miles.
Not bad I thought. Replaced with another Valeo

Handy non tool items.
LED headtorch. Energizer make a small, neat, efficient one for about a tenner. Argos etc. Don’t bother with bulky ones that use ordinary bulbs.
A pair of gardening/rigger gloves. I try and always wear these when heaving on spanners,etc. Saves a lot of skin.
I also had the luxury of a pit, with the drivers side front wheel close to the edge.
The following is from memory after the refit so forgive any size mistakes etc.
One of those rare jobs that I was dreading, (after reading threads etc.) but found to be fairly straight forward and easy. What is this radiator out, locking plate off business,?? Didn’t need to touch it. The whole job (except disconnecting the battery) could be done easily from underneath!

Under sump shield off. Mine lives off. Too much hassle when oil changing.
May cut a hole in it to access the drain plug, if I refit it!
Slacken AC belt. 10mm x2 (22mm socket to adjust on refit)
Loosen black steel coolant pipe. 3x 8mm bolts.1 on engine front, two on side. There is enough slack in the hoses to place it just under the sump.
I did not need to remove the plastic wheel guard as it had enough flex to slide my hand easily inside.
Loosen AC unit. 3x 10mm bolts. Note the forward bolt is restricted. Needs to be in it’s place when refitting unit.
Remove AC bracket. 3x 10mm bolts.
Whilst doing this I was moving the AC unit (which remains plumbed in) from left to right, which you will need to do throughout to move it out of the way.

Slacken alternator belt. The sprung tensioner has a 24mm nut. My 24mm ring spanner just fitted into position. Just take the tension and slip the belt off one of the pulleys. Have a look how it goes on. Draw a diagram if unsure. I was working without a manual.
Unclip wires from the alternator. 13mm nut on one and ‘press in’ the retaining wire clip when pulling the plug off. May be easier to access, when the alternator is free.

13mm x2 bolts on the pully side of the alternator. 10mm bolt on the other side.
The top 13mm bolt can be fiddly and also needs to be in place when refitting.
Limited room for a standard socket. I used a small socket set and a ring spanner.
The alternator was tight at the bottom, but levered out easily.
I found the alternator lowered out easily from the engine bay.
In fact I was surprised how easy and quick it all was, especially after reading some reports of moving radiators, etc.
You may want to remove the air intake for access from the top or you may access all wires etc. from underneath. Do as you find easiest.
Refit was the reverse……
 
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