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Rover 45 (1999 - 2005)

Last updated 16 February 2018


Model Timeline

Progressively improved, so the newer the better. Engine range includes a 2.0 litre KV6 mated to the 'Steptroninc' CVT automatic. Three-year warranty. Prices cut to from £9,995 for 103bhp 1.4IE 5-door to £17,095 for V6 Connoisseur. 

Amazing, diesel-like economy.

One of the few cars offering warm air to the feet and fresh air to the face at the same time. 

10-01-2001: Launch of Impression specials: the 103bhp 1.4 litre 45 Impression has air-conditioning, ABS, four airbags, alarm with immobiliser, CD tuner, electric windows and electric mirrors for £11,495, while the 45 1.4 Impression S has in addition 15 inch Fission alloy wheels, rear spoiler, front fogs and a leather steering wheel and gearknob for £12,095. Impression S specs are also available on 1.6 109ps 45s, 1.8 117bhp 43s and 101 bhp 2.0TD 45s at prices from £12,695 to £14,695. 

Timing belts of L Series diesels apparently do last the scheduled 5 years or 84,000 miles. 

Reincarnation as MG ZS 180 with 2.5 KV6 has had good reviews. 

12-07-2002: LPG version of 45 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 from July 2002 at an extra £2,195.

Spirit and Spirit S specials from July 2002 (all 45 Spirits have a/c). 

03-04-2004: Attractive facelift April 2004 with modernised interior. Further upgrade for 2005 including wood and leather trim and alloy wheels from 1.4GLi up. GSi gets atandard a/c. 

1.4 GLi 5-dr £10,995 
1.4 GSi 5-dr £12,145 
1.6 GSi 5-dr £12,845 
2.0TD GSi 5-dr £13,145 
1.6 GSi 4-dr £13,645 
2.0TD GSi 4-dr £13,945

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