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Rover 45 2.0 turbo-diesel iE 5dr

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      17.09.2011 21:35

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      Had the car for over 6 years now and have done around 90k miles in it and it had over 100k on the clock when we got it. We have always found it ultra reliable, the only time it has given up on us was with a faulty battery. The interior is of a high quality and the seating very comfortable for long journeys. There could be more legroom at the back but for the kids it doesn't matter. The engine can easily get 50mpg if you don't drive like a maniac and for long journeys you can expect to get up to 60mpg. The drive and brakes are very precise but don't expect light steering. All in all we have been very pleased with it and we will keep it going until something expensive needs replacing.

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      20.06.2010 19:37
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      If you are doing high mileages and insurance is no longer an issue then this is a fantastic choice.

      Purchased in January with 120 000 miles for £1000 it hasn't been a bad car, but there are a number of things I would now know to look out for.

      The Peugeot 2.0 TDi engine is a very good, strong unit but can be hard on clutches. When the clutch starts to go the first you will notice is a difficulty getting into gear. If you have to push the clutch right to the floor, or it is sometime hard to engage gears, 1st and reverse in particular, the clutch is on the way out, which will cost several hundred pounds.

      Another thing that is far harder to notice, at least until it goes wrong completely, is the MAF sensor. This tells the engine how much air is going in and helps control fuel. These were not correct in the factory and become less effective with time. Eventually the engine will fail to start easily, if at all, as I found. To see if this is the MAF sensor you simply need to disconnect it and the chances are the engine will run better than ever, up to 4000 rpm anyway. To get around this it is necessary to purchase a MAFAM which will get the car running properly again with greatly improved fuel economy and performance. The chances are it would benefit from one anyway.

      To drive the car is very good, with nice a good comfortable driving position and well laid out dashboard. The engine is very torque-y and motorway driving is effortless, which is why many of these cars were used by reps, accounting for the high mileages seen on many examples. Don't be put off by this too much though, motorway miles are far better for cars and stops and starts, and the Peugeot diesels go on for ever. The car is fitted with ABS and the brakes are very powerful and well weighted. The steering is direct with a lot of grip front and rear, but it can be a bit vague when pushed with a fair amount of body roll.

      Interiors seem to wear well, especially those with cloth seats and have good leg room both front and back, combined with a very spacious boot.

      If you are doing high mileages and insurance is no longer an issue then this is a fantastic choice, providing a good, well rounded package.

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