Better late than never… It seems to be the story of my life at the moment. But here we are, and my beautiful Rover 75 Tourer went in for its MoT yesterday and, as always, that left me feeling like an expectant father with jangling nerves.
I was pretty sure it was going to fail. It had been parked up, forlorn since January (under cover) while I got my ducks in a line and have some time and money to get it tested. Firing it up before the test was straightforward enough. The battery was flat, but it jumped first turn of the key and, once the rear tyres were pumped up, I was able to get it home to tidy it up and take stock.
The drive to the MoT station via my place (I know, I know) revealed that it’s still a wonderful thing on the road. It accelerates regally and sits four square, riding comfortably and restfully on the road. Going by Rover 75 really is a truly lovely way to travel. The airbag light was staying on, which happened the last time it had been laid up, but otherwise, I had no major concerns.
That said, I needed to put some fuel in it, and slinging in £30 had the needle head just north of the quarter full mark, which is frankly quite scary. Even more so that, as I dropped off the car, I checked the fuel consumption and it was reading 31mpg. Double ouch! That’s not a freak result – when it was in semi-regular use last summer, I think the best we coaxed out of it was 38mpg. Not great with fuel tipping £1.80 per litre right now.
This afternoon, I received the call. ‘It’s been tested and it’s failed badly,’ my tester said. Ah, bugger that’s not good. After a bit of a conversation, it came down to this – both sills have corroded structurally, would need a good couple of days’ worth of welding, and a front spring had snapped. My tester said it was a clean break, and he reckoned it had happened very recently. Ah well…
Question is, do I do the work and save it for another year… or do I let it go? I think you already know the answer to that…
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