75 1.8l as first car, advice/thoughts by rob458

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Hey everyone,
I'll be 17 in a few months, and I'm considering a 75 as my first car. I'm wondering if any owners can advise me on if this is a good idea or if I should just look at other cars. Also the model I'm looking at is the 1.8 so any advice on fuel economy/reliability/handling/throttle response/comfort/stereo(+how easy it is to change)/and how nice it drives in general, would be appreciated thanks.

Posted 27 May 2013, 16:43 #1 

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I can't comment on the 1.8 as I've never had one. On this community we will be biased and tell you how good the 75 is. We all love them.

The drive on all of them is great, they are great for cruising. From what I understand, the non turbo 1.8 isn't going to light any fires though, but maybe that will help keep the insurance down. And that is probably something you should research first, what will the insurers want to sting you for? The 75s are big, and not cheap to repair, so the insurance may be steep. You need to check.

The other thing I need to say, is be careful what you buy. There's lots of people who have bought badly looked after ones of these, and although generally way better than you might be told, if you get a bad one, it could cost you. Remember these cars were in the region of £30k new for higher spec ones, so they are great, but plenty of expensive things to go wrong if you aren't careful.

Many of the answers you are after are tucked away on here. Changing the stereo for example, depends on what you want to do. There are a variety of OEM solutions, including pretty high spec satnav systems from 75s/ZTs, or even options from BMWs. There's also more up to date Chinese systems that some buy that have TV, satnav and so on. It all depends on your taste and the size of your wallet!

It may be worth meeting up with some owners. I'm not sure where you live, but there are local meets all over the place, and in the Midlands we have Nanomeets where we spend weekends helping each other to upgrade and maintain each others cars. As a potential owner you could learn a lot from this kind of thing!

Posted 27 May 2013, 18:08 #2 

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I think the fact that you obviously like the 75, is a good start. I learnt to drive on pre-war Rovers; and at a slightly later age than you, I had a Rover 105s (similar to the Rover P4 75 from 1949 to 1964). At the time, these Rovers were looked on as an 'old man's car', but they were sturdy, fairly easy to maintain on a DIY basis, in fact, not dissimilar to the 'modern' Rover 75. It is not a bad idea for a youngster to start on a car that he is proud of and willing to fettle from time to time, which will result in them being proud of their car, and in turn make them a better and careful driver. I firmly believe that this is the best way to start driving.

The comments from earlier posts are correct, but with help and guidance from fellow members, you should be able to find something good; 1.8s are cheap and particularly good value. In the meantime, take a look at my book (the Companion), which is a free PDF Download on here, under the 'Know How' forum. This will be a good introduction to the marque; couple this with the 'Complete Buyers Guide', in the same forum, and you should find most of the answers to your questions.

Good luck with your driving and stay safe.


Posted 30 May 2013, 15:02 #3