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The 75 went through its MOT this morning with not an advisory in sight :-D

I've taxed it and done about 80 miles in it, its running like a dream and is in fact a very nice thing to drive.

Ill give it some use and see how things go. :)

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Brilliant new Chris!

I've been looking at an MG ZT with the KV6 in it. We've got a Freelander V6 with the 2.5 KV6 in it and it's a lovely little engine, sounds great, loves to rev etc! but we've had a whole raft of problems with it including the head gaskets at 35,000 miles!

Let us know how you get on with it after a few more miles!

David.

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Great news on the rover front Chris :-D

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Well done Chris. NOW what are you going to do to occupy your mind?

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Polish my Subaru! Please!

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DHallworth wrote:Brilliant new Chris!

I've been looking at an MG ZT with the KV6 in it. We've got a Freelander V6 with the 2.5 KV6 in it and it's a lovely little engine, sounds great, loves to rev etc! but we've had a whole raft of problems with it including the head gaskets at 35,000 miles!

Let us know how you get on with it after a few more miles!

David.
I had thought of a ZT but I prefer the 75, nicer interior in my opinion and it rides very well, which is a big plus in a car for me.

The KV6 has 3 timing belts, I think one is enough :lol:

We had a TD4 Freelander, which is another engine available in the 75. Id consider one of those as a daily.
bxzx16v wrote:Great news on the rover front Chris :-D

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Yes, it is, I'm going to enjoy using it for a while.

I've used it for my commute today, 90 miles or so, its been great.
Hell Razor5543 wrote:Well done Chris. NOW what are you going to do to occupy your mind?
My mind is always occupied :lol: However, it was not quite the long project I had imagined. Im not trusting it fully yet, I'll see how it goes.
Northern_Mike wrote:Polish my Subaru! Please!
:lol:

I'll be doing the 75 once the weather has improved 8-)


I am enjoying the 75, surprisingly it does ride small bumps better than the C5 but larger bumps upset it a bit more, especially the rear. The handling is better too, I'm surprised how swiftly it can be thrown around with less body roll than I was expecting, its quite direct. Despite the Rover being a look back at older cars, to me the interior feels more modern than many modern cars. I guess its the use of different textures, colours, chrome and the wood. The C5 feels quite dated and low rent when compared, visibility is a lot better in the C5 though. The 75 has quite a cocooned feel. However I'm not getting on with the seats, on longer trips it is giving me some back ache. The top of the seat pushes my shoulders forward and the lumabr support is in the wrong place. I'll see if I get used to it or can find a more comfortable seat adjustment. Otherwise I find the drivin position good with more front legroom. Its averaged 34mpg over the last 200 miles, not astonishing but not bad for a large car with a smallish petrol engine. It doesn't do too badly for performance though, the engine sounds good and has reasonable pull considering, keep it going above 4000 and its quite lively. I've even found it fun on small lanes! I doubt it will be staying very long, maybe a few months, depends on how I settle into the seats. I do want to get some use from it though and prove the engine is as reliable as it seems to be at the moment.

I had the Xantia Exclusive out the other day, I do very much like this HDi. The seats are superb, the specification, the economy, the drive, the estate body, the colour. Its a very appealing car to me. It has just about everything I look for in a daily driver, which if plans go ahead it soon will be. I plan on using the HDi Xantia for a while as I want to use a Xantia for my main car. I regularily drive our 52 C5 SX so mileage will still be spread and the 75 will be around for a while to take the winter salt - I've not had either Xantia out during the salty days.

If its nice this weekend I'll have to get the Activa out for a run, it'll be feeling forgotten about! :lol:

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Citroenmad wrote:
I had the Xantia Exclusive out the other day, I do very much like this HDi. The seats are superb, the specification, the economy, the drive, the estate body, the colour. Its a very appealing car to me. It has just about everything I look for in a daily driver, which if plans go ahead it soon will be. I plan on using the HDi Xantia for a while as I want to use a Xantia for my main car. I regularily drive our 52 C5 SX so mileage will still be spread and the 75 will be around for a while to take the winter salt - I've not had either Xantia out during the salty days.

If its nice this weekend I'll have to get the Activa out for a run, it'll be feeling forgotten about! :lol:
I liked that HDI very much, it was very well kept and gave us a smooth ride up to Jim's that day. I have been a passenger in a 75, and agree the ride is very nice. It seemed a little detached from the outside world.

What would you recommend for polishing my silver Subaru? It's bit faded here and there but overall good. It does look great polished, but it's not at the moment. I don't really want to splash out on a load of gear I'll never use again though, nor do I want to pay the local valeter man £200 to do a reasonable job . I don't want him to waste a day on it if you see what I mean..

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Excellent news on the 75 Chris...

Would you like your username changed to Rovermad now?

:lol:

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The trouble with silver cars is that they are quite unrewarding to polish. They don't give that deep side that other colours do. However, perhaps one of the best polishes you could try would be meguiars ultimate compound. It's easy to apply and remove but provides good results. Use some microfibre cloths to apply and buff off. Spend long enough and that should do the trick. 8-)

thanks for the offer Jim but I'll pass on that one :lol: normal blog service will be resumed shortly ... :roll:

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Citroenmad wrote:normal blog service will be resumed shortly ... :roll:
No, it;s good to read of other car adventures Chris. Anyway, I'm sure mine will contain more thrilling RX-8 instalments before too long :wink:

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Well, I am no longer a C5 owner :shock:

It has found a good home with its new owners who came to collect it this morning. Its gone to live near Aberdeen, I hope it gets as well looked after as it has been with me.

I had been considering selling it for a while now, as you might have seen me mention previously. Ive driven C5s as my daily car for 4 years and I've lost interest in the drive. I was starting to find myself not wanting to use the C5 as I am too used to how they drive. I needed a change. It doesn't help that we have another two C5s, which I drive quite regularily.

I'll miss the car though, it proved to be a very useful car for what I need from a car. I have been all over with it in the two years and 30K miles I've had it. The main things I will miss are the excellent 138 2.0HDi engine, tall gearing and cruise control. I doubt I'll miss having a C5, since I drive one every other day!

For now my HDi Xantia Exclusive is stepping into daily driver duties. I've not really thought long term as to what I'll replace the C5 with, if I do. I've wanted a HDi Exclusive Xantia for years, so this is my opportunity to use it. This also suits my car needs but more so, being an estate and with a towbar for my bikerack. However, it being without cruise and the pull of my C5s engine, I'll have to see how I settle with it.

Of course the 75 is around at the moment which will be sharing the useage for the immediate future. The Rover has done 300 miles since Tuesday and the C5 had done a good few too. As I do tend to do a few miles, the HDis mileage will soon step up if I have that as my only car. I know they are designed for miles but I dont want to over use it, I want to keep it good.

So who knows what I will end up with, I'm always looking ... :roll:

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I never thought I'd see the day when there wasn't at least one C5 in the land with your name under the registered keeper section!

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red_dwarfers wrote:I never thought I'd see the day when there wasn't at least one C5 in the land with your name under the registered keeper section!
:lol: I had my doubts too!

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red_dwarfers wrote:I never thought I'd see the day when there wasn't at least one C5 in the land with your name under the registered keeper section!
Same here :shock: I'm shocked..

It would be like me not having a Xantia to my name...

It's never going to happen...

Mind you, I am slowly and not very busily looking for a very tidy S2 V6 XM :wink: If one should come along at the right price and condition...

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It must have been sad to see the C5 go Chris , it sounded like a real beauty , at least you've got the lovely Xantia to use and the Rover too .

Mark