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Old 18th November 2020, 15:46   #1
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Default What's your favourite thing about driving a 75/ZT?

The title says it all really! I'm curious what drew people into this world of car ownership and what you love most about it.

For me it is the sheer comfort and style. It is the first car I have totally enjoyed driving in about 10 years since I had a Ford Escort "Flight" edition

I live in a city with generally awful roads and the 75 soaks everything up and is still a smooth ride. When I pull into the petrol station I can't help but look around and feel I've usually got the finest looking car on the forecourt.

Let me know what your own thoughts are.
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Old 18th November 2020, 16:05   #2
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Someone I worked with suggested a Rover 75 as a tow car.
I liked the colour match between internal and external, low mileage and great condition. Having changed the "woodwork" internally from light oak to walnut I like the car so much better. I find it smooth and quiet and it make me feel posh.

I don't like diesels and I don't like saloons, I love my CDT, figure that one

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Old 18th November 2020, 16:33   #3
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I know what you mean about feeling a bit posh. On the other end of the spectrum I feel like a bit of an imposter in it when I get in with my ratty old hoody on.
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Old 18th November 2020, 17:51   #4
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Here we go:
  1. I like the fact that it is a fun drive. The V6 is not the fastest car due to the weight but makes up for that in smoothness and sound. And it sticks to the tarmac like duct tape.
  2. The interior is sporty with a touch of classic. It puts a (not a !) on my face every time I get in the car.
  3. It's British
  4. It's special. There are not a lot of ZT-T's in the Netherlands


I could go on for some time but the above is essentially what made me buy my ZT, ZT-T and R75 (which is "über classic" and I love almost more than the ZT-T)
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Many years ago I had a Rover 90, solid, well built, but very thirsty. Remember that the handbook said that normal oil consumption was 1 pint every 200 miles, petrol consumption was out of this world! Then moved on to Ford Popular, Consul Cortina, Ford Cortina, escorts, 2 Capris, then run of the mill company cars. Eventually a brand new Rover 216S at launch B registration,then Rover 800 which I loved for years until the rot eventually got to it. Moved over to BMW 3 series for 6 years, tin worm was starting then head gasket failed and sold it for £50 to young lad to use as a drift track car. Got my first 75 and said to myself, this is a Rover! Not looked back since, now got 2.
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It's comfortable and it's cheap to run.
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I love V8's, need an Estate car and think the look of the Rover 75 and ZT is something a bit special.

A good friend asked what I would replace it with and I had to say I would struggle.
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I was at the NEC launch and fell in love with the 75, I didn't think they'd ever become an object of ridicule like they did but, many people are now seeing them in a different light. The style will not age or look out of place, the classic looks of both models will carry the survivors well into the future and that will raise the values. The owners clubs have done much to solve the problems that beset them and, the issues that should have been solved by MG Rover have become trivial niggles to most owners.
In my 75 1.8 I sit and think of how lucky I am to own such a lot of car for so little money, it's got something that I can't understand that makes me feel better for being in it. I think my reasons for loving them changes each time I open the doors and I can't say why.
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Old 18th November 2020, 19:02   #9
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Many years ago I had a Rover 90, solid, well built, but very thirsty. Remember that the handbook said that normal oil consumption was 1 pint every 200 miles, petrol consumption was out of this world! Then moved on to Ford Popular, Consul Cortina, Ford Cortina, escorts, 2 Capris, then run of the mill company cars. Eventually a brand new Rover 216S at launch B registration,then Rover 800 which I loved for years until the rot eventually got to it. Moved over to BMW 3 series for 6 years, tin worm was starting then head gasket failed and sold it for £50 to young lad to use as a drift track car. Got my first 75 and said to myself, this is a Rover! Not looked back since, now got 2.
I may be wrong but I think it was a Rover 216 that they drove in that old British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. There can't be many of those around anymore but I'd love to have one for this reason
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I was at the NEC launch and fell in love with the 75, I didn't think they'd ever become an object of ridicule like they did but, many people are now seeing them in a different light. The style will not age or look out of place, the classic looks of both models will carry the survivors well into the future and that will raise the values. The owners clubs have done much to solve the problems that beset them and, the issues that should have been solved by MG Rover have become trivial niggles to most owners.
In my 75 1.8 I sit and think of how lucky I am to own such a lot of car for so little money, it's got something that I can't understand that makes me feel better for being in it. I think my reasons for loving them changes each time I open the doors and I can't say why.
I wasn't aware they were made objects of ridicule but then again I wasn't old enough to drive when they stopped making them! This forum is great. Things like the spy hole mod/ECUs taking baths spring to mind which I wouldn't have known about if I hadn't signed up.
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