Anyway, I don't feel my departure from the MGR fold will cause imbalance in the universe but most of the people I encountered when I first got my 75 are on here so I feel that should say goodbye here too in (virtual) person. I got great help when we were all over on the Club site in the early days. I was on there from the start (I think I was member number 33).
So it was with a heavy heart that I said goodbye to my Black Pearl Rover 75 last Saturday. After 9 years of (almost) trouble-free driving, I traded in my gorgeous 75 at noon
I had my 75 from new and some of you may recall that I added an array of extras/accessories over the years i.e. full Webasto FBH (Fuel burning heater.) kit with remote, lots of walnut bits, various double din units etc, etc, etc.
I decided to sell for a few reasons, none of which were really the cars fault and most were primarily financial i.e. despite having only 50K miles and being in fairly excellent condition with loads of extras, my CDTi is almost worthless - I might get €2000 if I was lucky. I have always changed the oil & filters regularly myself but I need to have a fairly expensive service shortly with fluids etc changed. Other stuff will also show up as its been heavy on fuel lately and smells of diesel quite a bit. Most of my daily journeys are short so the fuel system may need an overhaul. Other stuff like brake discs also need to be looked at. Hard to tell exactly how much the overall service would cost but I would like to get it done at a former main dealer so it might be as much as the car is worth.
Irish road tax on my 75 is a criminal €710 per annum. The tax on my new car is €200, a saving of over €500 per year. I suppose this was the clincher for me and it has been bugging me every May for the last few years that I am paying so much extra to tax my car.
The car I bought came with a scrappage allowance so I got a trade-in value of €4,800. When you consider what my car is worth for cash, that really is pretty decent. If I kept the car for any longer, it would be completely worthless barring another scrappage deal
So thats about it. I have enjoyed (almost ) every minute of ownership. I still think the car looks fantastic and both myself and my family had a small tear in our eye as we left the garage.
Now that the car is gone, I'll be selling a shed-full of accessories, bits and bobs that I've collected over the last 9 years e.g. full Webasto FBH with remote, Nav 2 Android and a load of smaller items.