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    Another old banger for transport

    Bearing in mind the reception my post received about the Audi A6 and some of the comments made especially about it's age. It being a 95 vintage car well I have now got the chance to compare it with a another old banger that is only a few years younger but once again of the "executive" class of motor. This time there is still Germanic influence but from BMW this time as the car was designed an developed under their auspices and ownership.

    The car in question is a Rover 75 2.5L Connoisseur:-



    of 2000 vintage so yep it's 12 years old. This one only has 80k on the clock though. Powered by the same KV6 engine as used in the Freelander:-



    Well it's a very different beast to drive from the Audi that's for sure. It feels more solid and the ride reminds me of the XJ6 Jaguar 4.2L Series 2. A friend bought a 74 LWB one in 1978/9 so it was hardly an old nail before someone says so . Sitting in the drivers seat the shape of the windscreen from inside and the shape of the front side windows and pillars brought back memories of even earlier and an older friend at work picked up a really nice condition Mk11 2.4 Jaguar. I had not thought of Eddie in years yet sitting in the drivers seat brought it all back. He got that dark blue Jaguar in 1977 as I recall.

    The Audi is certainly "sportier" than the Rover 75 and has a firmer ride but on the whole I prefer the Rover to drive it's more relaxing and certainly comfortable. Oh yes the Rover 75's are also cheap to buy . Now I have to find a copy of Autocar and read their review of the 75 ands ee what they have to say and see I agree with it.

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    Got an estate 75 cdti, top car, my second one actually, returns 55-60 mpg, BMW engine, solid car and cheap! I could sell it all day long even with 100k on it!

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    did you manage to get off that wet grass OK?

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    Not the best of engines , head gaskets can be a problem, steel liners in an alloy block when you lift the head the liners tend to come with it, expensive job, was quoted 2500 for a head gasket job by Land Rover dealer

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogtrotter View Post
    was quoted 2500 by Land Rover dealer

    that was your first mistake.
    LR Dealer will always bend you over.
    2500 is about their standard angle of entry!

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    2,500! you could just go out and by a new (used) Defender 90 circa 1972 with 250,000 miles on the clock, fraying insides, rusting and with door panels in 5 different colours.

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    My son has not long sold his one, same spec I think, only real fault was fuel consumption.
    It never got better than 25mpg, and he drives like an old woman, around town you could watch the fuel gauge drop.
    But it was very reliable and extremely comfortable, I liked it, but wouldn't want to run it myself.

    Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    Bearing in mind the reception my post received about the Audi A6 and some of the comments made especially about it's age. It being a 95 vintage car well I have now got the chance to compare it with a another old banger that is only a few years younger but once again of the "executive" class of motor. This time there is still Germanic influence but from BMW this time as the car was designed an developed under their auspices and ownership.

    The car in question is a Rover 75 2.5L Connoisseur:-



    of 2000 vintage so yep it's 12 years old. This one only has 80k on the clock though. Powered by the same KV6 engine as used in the Freelander:-



    Well it's a very different beast to drive from the Audi that's for sure. It feels more solid and the ride reminds me of the XJ6 Jaguar 4.2L Series 2. A friend bought a 74 LWB one in 1978/9 so it was hardly an old nail before someone says so . Sitting in the drivers seat the shape of the windscreen from inside and the shape of the front side windows and pillars brought back memories of even earlier and an older friend at work picked up a really nice condition Mk11 2.4 Jaguar. I had not thought of Eddie in years yet sitting in the drivers seat brought it all back. He got that dark blue Jaguar in 1977 as I recall.

    The Audi is certainly "sportier" than the Rover 75 and has a firmer ride but on the whole I prefer the Rover to drive it's more relaxing and certainly comfortable. Oh yes the Rover 75's are also cheap to buy . Now I have to find a copy of Autocar and read their review of the 75 ands ee what they have to say and see I agree with it.

    "Executive class"????......a "ROVER"?....hardly!!....those were the days!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    that was your first mistake.
    LR Dealer will always bend you over.
    2500 is about their standard angle of entry!
    OUTSTANDING

    I shall try and remember to use this one myself when talking about Land Rover dealers! Thank you.

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogtrotter View Post
    when you lift the head the liners tend to come with it,
    Wet liners in an alloy block are nothing new, if the liners lift out with the head then you did it wrong.

    Neil.

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