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#1 Macmondy3L

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 11:21 AM

Bought this 5 dr 2.0 dohc 16v rover just before lockdown...recomissioned in 2017 after being locked up in a garage and forgotten about since 2011..
Had alot of work done..new cambelt,new brake lines, new plugs and leads 4 new toyo proxe's..had to have new locks and ignition barrel and alarm module recoded..
Original key's lost after death of last owner..
Long and short of it is i know absolutley nothing about rover's..although i seem to of touched lucky..(luck of the irish)..
Car has 82k miles and a stack of paperwork..everything work's even the tilt slide eleccy sunroof.
Just 1 air bag and abs..that's it..nice..
No rust or rot full mot no advisories..
Go's really well and the ride although nothing near the mondog's composure.
Seems very grippy and can hit 65 in second gear.. 0-60 about 9 secs..
Can anyone shed any light on this car and it's engine..and of course any known problem's /fault's..
Any and all much appreciated...Des..
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#2 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 11:32 PM

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Not had a 400 but I had a few 800's. As long as the rust has been kept at bay it should be

a decent car. Although people slated them a lot if you had a good one you tended to keep

them for a fairly long time. 

 

Rust was the main issue on most.

 

 

Fairly light cars and a decent spread of power from the engine, made them fairly economical

for the time. Probably used less fuel than the 2L Mondeo of the time. And far less than a 2L

sierra.

 

Engine wise the belts been done, just keep an eye on the oil level check for leaks. not sure if that engine was prone to them or just nelgected ones.


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Posted 06 June 2020 - 03:47 AM

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I had one of those for a while

 

It was very reliable, seem to remember most of  it was Honda with a Rover engine.

 

 

Don't remember having any issues with it


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Posted 06 June 2020 - 10:09 AM

Thankyou...dont get me wrong ..i have bought this to keep the miles down on the ghia x..currently showing 57,757..
The rover has just 82,643....
No more mk3's my neck of the wood's, just 1 looked after st 220 in a neighbouring road...
Not seen any 400's...
I've owned my mondog since 09..
Hoping you all have a nice weekend...
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Posted 07 June 2020 - 01:59 PM

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By eck you've struck lucky with that 420. Blimey it takes me back when I was a stalwart Rover man.
I had the 420 GSi and it was a fabulous car. Fast for the time and surprisingly good on fuel. Handled very well.
As Purple stated. RUST was the main problem but you've got a rare gem.
Regular servicing is all it needs.
One thing I remember that went wrong was I lost gear change facilities. I had to drive the car a few miles home in 3rd. The culprit of the fault was the pin that joined the bottom of the gear shift rod to the rod to the gearbox. The pin had worked its way out. I just replaced the pin and even the clutch was fine. Other than that the 2.0 litre engine is a peach.
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Posted 07 June 2020 - 08:07 PM

Hi Tazzman...I've never owned a Rover before..back in the 80s+90s there was a big rover dealership in Wallasey village, so were popular,every street had a smattering of various rover models..
Have not seen any since buying it wierdly..
The log book say's model..420i and absolutley nothing else. ?
It has air con, eleccy tilt/slide sunroof /leccy front windows / radio cassette /abs and 15 in steelies with all 4 original rover wheel trims..195/60 toyo proxes all round..and thats it..
It has replaced a very nice mk1 focus ghia i bought while the mondog was sick...My aunty was needing a car last xmass so £400 changed hand's..(yeah i lost a few bob but aunty's are aunty's...lol)..
So hopefully i will be keeping this pokey little rover hatch for good..Seems very grippy and power steering has a nice weighty feel..im thinking its a single mass flywheel too..big difference compared to the ghia x....
Hope you and your's are all okay in this current madness..
Des...


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Posted 07 June 2020 - 10:56 PM

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Nearly bought a Rover 75 myself before i purchased the MK3 2.2. Tempted by the prices

and 160bhp diesel.


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Posted 10 June 2020 - 11:38 AM

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A Rover 75 with a standard 160bhp diesel? Noooo.
Standard was either 113 or 131 bhp. 160bhp was the 1.8 turbo petrol. If the 75 was a 160 then it had a remap or Ronbox on.
Yeah Mac you keep hold of that 45. It'll serve you well. Just look after it. Good spec you have too.
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Yes 130bhp was standard but artificially limited by BMW so it not compete with the BMW

cars. They didnt want a cheaper/lighter Rover to be faster than their cars.

 

The Rover guys found its just the case of flicking a switch in the software to release

the 160bhp that engine should have had. Its just the standard BMW diesel that

had 160bhp elsewhere.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 03:06 PM

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Yes. But did you know the turbo Rover used was superior to the one BMW used? Before I moved to Ford I had a MG ZT diesel for 7 years. Superb car and yes I fitted the RonBox and EGR bypass mod (so simple to fit) and it flew lol.
I dont know where you got that info about flicking a switch. You couldn't buy a 160 horse Rover 75 diesel unless the owner remapped it or put the very popular RonBox on it.
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