I’M DRIVING around in an illegal car at the moment…
Why’s that, I hear you ask. Well, the headlamp bulb has blown on my Rover 75, and I haven’t been bothered to replace it. Usually, it is something I am keen to stay on top of – a bulb blows, I pop into my garage, pick up a spare and pop it in. Job done. Not, however, in the case of the 75. Oh no, things have moved on since the days of the 800 and 600.
To change the bulb in the 75, I have to apply full-lock, open up a service hatch inside the wheelarch area, and after fumbling the housing out and somehow extracting the old bulb, I then pop a replacement in.
Speaking to other 75 owners with a DIY bent (and I’m not one of them), the job can be done in about 20-30 minutes with practice.
Does anyone else find that a little odd? Bulb replacement has always been considered DIY maintenance, and usually your car’s owner’s manual will tell you how to go about the task. Pain-free and easy in most cases. Heck, even my girlfriend used to do it.
But not now – not in my 75… I guess the point of a system like this is to encourage you to get it done at the dealer. Kerching. £30 and a thank-you-very-much from your local friendly MGR agent. Will most people bother? Probably not. And you end up with a load of illegal cars on the road.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.