So after asking the forum a million times is that car good is this car good I finally found a car that I instantly fell in love with. I’ve been looking at getting one for a long, long time and I’m really happy to finally have made the purchase. Also had to wait a couple days to have the dealer get the rear door to open properly so posting this over a week late but ho cer.
Yep, I actually went and bought a 1999 Rover 75!
I actually had asked about that in the dumb questions thread probably over a year ago already and at that time I was thinking of the one with the V6 but considering that engine I really didn’t feel like dealing with the belt situation.
What is it specifically?
- Make: Rover
- Model: 75
- Year: 1999
- Spec: Classic
- Engine: 1.8 Petrol
- Colour: Dark Green (my favourite)
- Interior: Cream
- Mileage: Way too much
And let me tell you I have never been this satisfied with a car in my life. Sure it’s nothing special it’s basically a 3-series in nostalgic clothing but I still love it because it’s unique! I’m not a super-sporty driver (in Finnish weather I don’t want to be) so for me it’s just perfect. But you can really notice what it’s based on when you drive it, it’s a very “sure” driving experience that gives you confidence, the steering wheel feels directly connected to the wheels, goes where you point it, hydraulic clutch, proper car.
Personally I’ve always liked the design and importantly the interior too (since that’s where you sit) which imo has aged very well compared to for example the Jag S-type which this has been compared to a lot.
I was supposed to go look at a bunch of other cars to buy but I won’t lie, even before I actually went out to see them out of my list this spoke out to me the most, and to find out it was actually dark green (it looked blue in the pictures because of lighting) which is my favourite colour? Bought it immediately.
This was a nice example despite the way too high mileage (don’t even ask) since I’m only the second owner (I ran a background check), it was previously driven by an old man since buying it new and the car has no odors, no stains, no rust (well a bit but at this age and it’s only like a 150€ job), no scratches and all the trim is in place (that’s probably because this is from under BMW, not one of those alkemy ones), ended up paying just a bit past 2000€ for it too so unless I wanted a VW Bora or a PT cruiser there was really nothing else at this price point.
The dealer was this shop that sold and fixed solely british cars and the lot was filled with Freelanders and 75s. The guy who owned the place showed us the car and he was really nice. Didn’t try to sell the car at all but just was really friendly and helpful, he was this stereotypically british looking above middle-aged guy who went on and on about his daughter’s MG and his sons Jaguar and it was kind of adorable. He seemed really happy that a younger guy was interested in a Rover.
|PHOTO HERE - Dash with cassette in|
(Sidenote: I don’t like aftermarket players cause they ruin design and there’s no such thing as a cd adapter so a cassette player was really what I was looking for too cause I already have a cassette adapter.)
All in all I’m glad of my purchase and glad I now once more have a car that I’m interested in, that I don’t buy just because it’s reliable or just because it wins me cool points, I just love it.
(Will have better interior pics soon as well forgot to take those today)