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Car Of The Month :
April 2016

'Golden Wonder and The Blue One' by RPWC

In 2009 after running a petrol Mondeo I finally came in to 75 ownership. Having recently bought a caravan I needed a turbo diesel – something that would tow my new caravan with ease and in comfort. Not thinking of Rovers I started looking at the usual variety of Peugeots, Renaults, Lagunas and of course the newer Mondeos.

As I was browsing on Auto trader I saw an advert for a Gold Rover 75. I wasn’t looking for a 75 but it certainly caught my eye. Looking into it I could see that it had the towing capacity I needed and the spec ticked most of the right boxes for me.

After viewing the car and having a successful test drive, the purchase was made and the all-important tow bar fitted - off we went.

I discovered the owners club in spring 2011 and swiftly joined up. Timing is everything as shortly afterwards I ran into some problems with the car. Fortunately, my newly acquired club mate Marinabrian was able to solve the problems and I was back on the road.

I kept the car for five and a half years, but after some clutch problems I decided to move on to an automatic.

Looking was difficult as nothing local was ticking the boxes, that was until Brian put me onto an automatic diesel tourer which was on our local Gumtree site. This one did tick the boxes (albeit I needed convincing about getting a tourer), local, low mileage and of course a tow bar ready to go!

We checked the car over and although it needed some work done – faulty windows, central locking actuators and tyres – it was a top spec Connie and nothing on it could not be repaired. Over the winter months Brian and I started fixing it up.

By the time it's MOT was due in February all that was needed was a new brake pipe – happy days.

Since then I have upgraded the original Crown alloys to some rather nice Unions and I have had the 160 remap which has given my 75 a new lease of life, Newcastle to Essex and back and 52mpg – not to be sneezed at. My 75 may not be perfect but it ticks all the boxes for me.

Article written by member RPWC

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