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Hello there, Fairly new to the site just wondering if anyone can help.

I own a Rover 45 1.8 CVT in Celadon green which i love and apparently its one of only three left on the road therefore i desperately want to get this sorted. I have spent a lot of time on the car and it would break my heart if i was forced to get rid of it.

On a cold start when you go from P to D the car will shudder/jolt/lerch forward slightly and stall. Once i restart the car its doesn't stall again. It should be noted it does not stall all the time however it always vibrates/shakes when coming to a stop at junctions or traffic lights when the car is cold.

When traveling downhill unless you put your foot on the acceleration pedal the car makes a noise as if its struggling to get to were it needs to be gearbox wise if you put the car in N while going downhill the noise immediately stops and the car feels its doing as it should.

Another thing i have noted is the car is noticeably noisier in D than it is in P N or R the problems only seem to happen when the car is in D and i have never experienced any problems when in P N or R. When the car warms up or is at speed on road or the motorway it drives absolutely beautifully with no faults and is the smoothest most comfortable car i have ever driven.

Recently had a new fuel filter, spark plugs, coils, gearbox filter and fluid change.
 

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The CVT versions of the 45/ZS (and 25/ZR) were relatively uncommon in the first place, so finding people on forums (or elsewhere) who are knowledgeable about them is a sometimes a bit difficult. Stepspeed versions of the MG TF seem to be mentioned more often than for the other models, so if you don't get a suitable answer here, you may find some help by asking in the TF section of the forum.

I do know that some of the people who have experienced problems in the past have found it has been the result of the box having had an oil change and been refilled with an incorrect oil - the CVT uses a specific CVT oil, rather than a normal auto transmission fluid (but you probably know that already).

I assume that when you say "one of only 3 left on the road", you mean 3 Stepspeed in Celadon Green, so would be interested to know where that info comes from (I haven't found a way of checking the number of specific colours left without knowing all the current registration numbers or VIN numbers of all the cars that remain?).

A quick look at 'Howmanyleft' (which I know is a bit inaccurate due to the way dealers described the cars when first registering them), shows around 770 Rover 45 Stepspeed currently taxed, and another 260 on a SORN (although I suspect a significant proportion of those will be in the process of being broken). The Stepspeed versions were always matched to a K series 1.8 litre petrol engine.
 

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The CVT versions of the 45/ZS (and 25/ZR) were relatively uncommon in the first place, so finding people on forums (or elsewhere) who are knowledgeable about them is a sometimes a bit difficult. Stepspeed versions of the MG TF seem to be mentioned more often than for the other models, so if you don't get a suitable answer here, you may find some help by asking in the TF section of the forum.

I do know that some of the people who have experienced problems in the past have found it has been the result of the box having had an oil change and been refilled with an incorrect oil - the CVT uses a specific CVT oil, rather than a normal auto transmission fluid (but you probably know that already).

I assume that when you say "one of only 3 left on the road", you mean 3 Stepspeed in Celadon Green, so would be interested to know where that info comes from (I haven't found a way of checking the number of specific colours left without knowing all the current registration numbers or VIN numbers of all the cars that remain?).

A quick look at 'Howmanyleft' (which I know is a bit inaccurate due to the way dealers described the cars when first registering them), shows around 770 Rover 45 Stepspeed currently taxed, and another 260 on a SORN (although I suspect a significant proportion of those will be in the process of being broken). The Stepspeed versions were always matched to a K series 1.8 litre petrol engine.

Hi thanks for the reply, I took the car to a transmissions specialist in Doncaster today after it stalled again on me this morning it was a very juddery forty-minute drive to the garage with some close calls and very embarrassing noises comes from the car. When i arrived there was a brief wait before the car was inspected and test driven. They told me the chain in the gearbox was malfunctioning and it most likely has a crack in the drum assembly. The part/parts needed to fix this are no longer in production and aren't widely available so there isn't much they can do with the current gearbox.

However i have managed to source a new CVT gearbox and discussed getting this fiited to the car. The garage didn't want to take the job on for various reasons but have put me in touch with someone who will. I am going back later in the week with the intention of getting it fitted if i get a decent quote. Well its that or i start saving for an SD1 :grin:

With regards to the rarity of the car i meant to say its one of only three i know of left on UK roads... I have spoken with the other two owners. My information comes from the history of the car and the few articles written about it online and in car magazines one of the articles was written by a gentleman who owns the V6 version.

Both mine and the V6 were two of the first few off the production line WXXX LDA registrations were the first batch of press and marketing cars registered by Rover Group at the time of the car's debut. It has personal line interior with 'Catkin Green' velour seats and door inserts. There were three personal line trims for the 45 of which the green leather was the rarest and velour even rarer. The exterior colour is celadon green a colour that was only offered on the 45 for the first six months of its existence.

Admittedly the car probably isn't worth anything and never will be but it's not like i plan to sell it. i love the car and feel it's my duty to keep it going as there aren't many of these examples of 45 left. If you want like to have a look at the car ive added some pictures in my garage/profile :wink:
 
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