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Old 20th August 2019, 15:52   #11
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Default 07-09-2017, 19:38

I've got the beast this afternoon. It's a treat !
But I'm uneasy with my cellular phone and I'll be much more talkative tomorrow evening.
But at the moment my new 75 was worth the 380km disturbance !
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Old 20th August 2019, 15:54   #12
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Default 08-09-2017, 20:41

Surprise!

My first impressions tomorrow - I'm a bit tired, too much emotion you know! but to help you waiting and still to manage the suspense, here is my first pic:
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  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
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Old 20th August 2019, 15:55   #13
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Default 09-09-2017, 12:27

So here we are.
I drove her along more than 250ml and it's a real bliss!

Nice and smooth V6 sound, nervous kick down (I used the trick only once, but what a kick in the ass!), amazing automatic gearbox (never ever had I one before!), very efficient brakes, very comfortable and luxurious armchairs, fantastic quietness inside, glossy and shiny colour, classical refined British quality dashboard, very high quality stereo sound, amazing speed stabiliser, what else?

That executive car (as they told us) is a dream!

Just needed a slight bit of TLC : a few tiny chips on the body (nevertheless in very good general condition), rear bumper not so neat (maybe to be repainted, I'll see), a few bits neglected (a chromium rod not tightly fixed on the right of the windscreen, a strip of liner detached near the rear window, two plastic rod displaced at the bottom of the right doors between the carpet and the door rubber, two missing bolts to attach the cylinder head cover written V6) and a fuel hose likely because there's a slight smell of fuel, but absolutely no leak of any kind: the ground was entirely clean in the morning and nothing to be seen as far as I could have a close look everywhere easily accessible.

Some late good works on the engine (oil, filter, front vented brakes & pads, front silent blocks) the day before the deal, but nothing else has been done during the seller ownership!
Nevertheless the engine and all the electricity is in good working order.
But I need to do:
- spark plugs to change (3 years 1/2)
- coolant to renew (3 years 1/2)
- air filter to change (more than 4 years - I ordered a good K&N panel)
- passenger compartment filter to change
- air con fluid to control and if needed to top
- automatic gearbox to control, to top or to change

I'll see next week at a good mechanic's and at his colleague's the painter.

Afterwards, I would like a parking alarm, but not so sure I could find a complete Rover factory genuine one and above all the skilful guy able to install it. Never ever had I so long a car and it's really an impossible mission to clearly see exactly where you put your back bumper when going backwards.

But what a joy to become the guardian of one of the last finest British cars of a nearly bygone era.
I feel myself responsible of a slice of British motor history, don't I?

Coming next a few more pictures.
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:37   #14
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Default 09-09-2017, 12:38

At our B&B, the English owner was driving a typical old French car and the guests an English one! Entente Cordiale!
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:39   #15
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Default 09-09-2017, 14:04 & 20:37

Parking sensors came among the options, even in the highest standard of Connoisseur SE.
But I've got low-line sat-nav, cruise control & heated seats.
No electric sun screen, but it's not the first of my concerns at the moment.

in France parking sensors came as an option and mine which is a genuine 1999 Connie SE (Pack Luxe, in France) hasn't any.
I should retrofit the feature if I'm lucky to find on the bay all the stuff needed, but I'm unsure if it is pre-wired or not. It may be tricky.
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  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
  • This vehicle was the 2,032nd 75 in Atlantic Blue Pearlescent (code: JEY) to be made out of 2,572 Atlantic Blue Pearlescent 75s
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:42   #16
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Default 19-09-2017, 21:05

So yesterday the mechanic was a bit busy with my Connie:

- new sparks plugs NGK platinum (a pita job for the back ones)
- new pollen filter (compulsory to get it off to reach the back spark plugs)
- automatic gearbox fluid renewal with Texaco ATF 402 from the UK
- a comprehensive cleaning of the throttle body and both VIS motors (error P 1472 cancelled, but P 1477 remaining)

And I changed the air filter myself for a good K&N panel.

But more is to come:
- Duct assembly air cleaner/throttle body PHD103250 ordered at Rimmerbros
- Automatic lower rear engine mount ordered on Ebay
- Radiator NISSENS 64308A ordered
- 2 dampers TRW TRW JGM1325T and 2 TRW JGT306T ordered

And some other trifles regarding the recent MOT will be done as well.

Phew! It's nearly a restoration project!
The mechanic will be busy again at the end of next week.

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  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
  • This vehicle was the 2,032nd 75 in Atlantic Blue Pearlescent (code: JEY) to be made out of 2,572 Atlantic Blue Pearlescent 75s
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:45   #17
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Default 20-09-2017, 10:02

"P1477 would most probably be VIS motor electrical error in electronic inside."

But I have better not to do it myself, I don't want to make a mess of my new car and I can't ask the mechanic to do that subtle kind of job: I'm sure he'll not guarantee anything of that sort and wouldn't be keen to do that!
He's a very clever guy & does a brilliant job for a very reasonable fee.

Despite the cost, I want a fine car working as well as she did when going out of Cowley the first day. Mind that she has now nearly done 100k ml and that some renewal & TLC is needed.
I think I'll order both motors from DMGRS and that's it. I'll be more peaceful. I don't want to bother with £130 when such a car is in balance.

BTW, both motors are ordered and I'm glad to help working a good and essential British retail store.
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  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:47   #18
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Default 24-09-2017, 07:51

The funny thing is that you have to get off the pollen filter to gain access to the rear spark plugs in a 75.
No wipers to get off and no inlet manifold. But lot of plastic stuff to get off and not a lot of room to help the poor mechanic !
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  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:50   #19
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Default 30-09-2017, 09:37

Thanks to the trip meter button trick, I've just learnt that my 75 engine was built in Cowley on the 24th week of 1999, ie between the 14 and the 18th of June 1999, among the early models (VIN 6,404).

Not so useful, but I love history, and this one - I hope so - will soon take place among the last sparkles of Rover legend.
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  • This vehicle was the 7,517th 75 to run off the production line, out of 112,381
  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
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Old 20th August 2019, 16:53   #20
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Default 06-10-2017, 09:22

Well, you may have read some of my late adventures on other posts (VIS motors, Sat Nav CD reader & Instrument pack), but I'm glad to say that lots of problems have been sorted hopefully.

Thursday & Wednesday morning what a brilliant job made by my skilful mechanic who painstakingly laboured during 14 hours for the princely sum of £400:

- swapped the intake hose & sheath
- swapped the low motor silent block
- swapped the engine radiator (the new Nissens a bit thicker than the old one) and renewed the coolant
- swapped the 4 shock absorbers for TRW ones
- swapped the balance VIS motor (MKE 100110)
- corrected the handbrake and equilibrated the rear drum brakes as well
- corrected the left fog lamp
- changed both front indicators
- arranged the low protection plaque (1 bolt missing beforehand)

And I saw the pictures he took: taking off the old radiator and putting the new one in place was a very PITA job!

But the best was the swapping of the shock absorbers. The old ones were dreadfully dead and the change makes a massive, gigantic & enormous difference! What a comfort now!
I hope now the 75 will be at her very best.
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  • This vehicle was the 1,190th 75 2.5 V6 Contemporary to be made out of 8,214
  • This vehicle was the 2,032nd 75 in Atlantic Blue Pearlescent (code: JEY) to be made out of 2,572 Atlantic Blue Pearlescent 75s
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