Our Cars : Keith’s Rover 75 Tourer – springtime reawakenings

Keith's Rover 75 Tourer

I can’t pretend it’s not been a long, dark winter – what with a bout of COVID-19 over Christmas, various family isolation periods, and a sense that those long nights were never going to end. But like all bad things, it’s beginning to feel that the winter of 2021 might well be passing us by and, although the hideous war in Ukraine has added further worries, and expensive fuel is biting hard, the longer days and blue skies of spring have gone a long way towards lifting the spirits.

This change in weather was enough to spur me into waking my Rover 75 Tourer from its winter hibernation at the office, and think about getting some of those little jobs done that continued to hangover from when I bought it from former British Leyland PR Manager Ian Elliott last year. Considering I’d not actually fired up the Rover since November 2021, it was no surprise that the central locking was dead on arrival, and the dash completely failed to light up when I turned the key.

Good news was that my friends on Land Rover Owner magazine were on hand at the office, so were happy to jump my stricken 75 into life. The battery on the mag’s Disco 4 was meaty enough not to struggle in the slightest and, dutifully, the 75 fired up without any issues – not even a chuff of smoke. Excellent…

All that was needed to do was pump up the rear tyres and give it a quick run to check all was okay. The good news was that winter had not taken its toll on the car – unlike me. It pulled as well as I remember and the brakes were as strong and effective at stopping as ever. Even more brilliant… The last time I used it was for helping with a house move, so it’s been good driving the 75 again and revelling in its comfort and luxury – even if half the interior trim clips are missing…

Sadly, the airbag light wouldn’t go out and that caused me a little consternation – but, I needn’t have worried. Once the battery had charged up, and I managed to restart it cleanly, the warning light didn’t return. Phew! Sadly, the MoT expired during its winter lay-up, so it’s booked in along with my Lancia Delta next week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Welcome to 2022…

Rover 75 and Lancia Delta

Keith Adams


  1. Although not specifically related to Rover 75s, here is my automotive ode to spring which I first came up with in my late teens, when I owned my first E Type:

    Spring! It must be spring!
    Robins? What are robins?
    I know it must be spring!
    Because the open two seater sports cars are coming out of hybernation!

    I haven’t changed much in over four decades. Today, the first day of spring, I was getting my E Type (a different one) ready for the road and only for sunny, blue skies!

  2. Interesting contast in last photo – Rover 75T vs Lancia. Both cars similar height and width, but the greater bonnet height and chunkier headlights and front bumper make the Lancia a far more imposing car (as is the case with most cars of the last decade). I personally prefer the ‘true car’ look of the Rover – lower slung and easy to get into and lower centre of gravity for cornering 😉 Bot great marques though…

  3. Coincidentally, I’ve just passed the fifth anniversary of purchasing my Rover 75 Tourer (see Car of the Month : July 2018). My circumstances have changed quite a lot recently and it has now become my main car. I continue to be amazed by its sheer practicality and reliability. I used it on a Cornish holiday last September, and it’s also been used in carrying vast amounts of household items during recent family house moves. Every week sees me travelling at least two 100 mile trips on busy motorways, as well as providing every day-to-day motoring need. That’s not bad for a car which is nearly 18 years old!

    Despite its reputation, the 1.8 K-series engine continues to perform strongly (now at 81,000 miles) and in fact seems to have improved with age. I switched to using E5 Super Unleaded petrol last year when the normal Premium Unleaded became E10-rated and the 1.8 seems to have thrived on this, pulling smoothly and quietly throughout the rev range. I’ve needed to spend a few hundred pounds on necessary maintenance over the last year, but this followed three years of very low maintenance costs. I’m confident that it will continue to serve me well, especially now it’s just passed its MoT with only two advisories!

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