WHAT WOMEN LIKE ABOUT THE ROVER 2000 AUTOMATIC
We cannot say that we designed the Rover exclusively for ladies any more than we designed it exclusively for gentlemen. But the fact is ladies like it. Admittedly, some of the things they see in the Rover may seem trivial to menfolk, but to ladies little things mean a lot.
Opening and closing
Long fingernailed ladies need not worry about breaking their nails when they open the door - the push buttons on the doors are twice as long as normal.
Stepping in and stepping out
No big deal really. It's just simpler because the floor is four inches below the door sill and the doors open w-i-d-e.
Room - with a view
Once seated, there is a great amount of room for leggy legs. A lot of headroom, too. The view from all windows is excellent and uninterrupted. A lady can see exactly where the right fender is without having to guess.
The two front bucket seats can be adjusted to the contours of any female shape. They go forwards and backwards, adjust from English upright to chaise longue. Although all four seats tend to hug their occupants, we suspect that ladies really love them because of the smell and feel of English Leather.
The steering wheel is larger than is usual, which makes it easy to turn and ladies like that. It can be moved up or down. When the car is still, the steering is a little stiff, just stiff enough to remind the driver to look behind before pulling into traffic.
Shifting and handling
Some ladies don't like shifting and with the Rover automatic transmission, they don't have to. And, if they want to - well then, it can be just as manual as they please. The car handles effortlessly, holds the road like a leech. It's a snap to park - not just because it's shorter and narrower than Detroit's finest bit also because it turns circles inside them and most other cars. Yes, even a VW.
Bric a brac
Two huge padded bins beneath the dashboard can hold an arsenal of cosmetics and packages. Even jumbo purses. Both bins lock. Above them is a generous shelf with a clingy rubber surface that stops things like earrings and sunglasses from sliding around.
Easy to read
The speedometer is the ribbon type, unmistakably clear to read and placed so as to reduce the difficulty of refocussing when glancing from road to speedo and back. The switched are clearly marked and shaped so you can recognise them, even by feel. No two next to each other are shaped alike. A bold red brake light on the dash tells a lady: (1) the handbrake is on or (2) the level of the braking fluid is low. High beams can be flashed, with headlights on or off, by flicking a lever on the steering column.
The quiet type
The Rover is quiet inside save for the engine's reassuring purr. Thick wall to wall carpeting absorbs lots of noise. There is, however, a loud built in sound which ladies with children appreciate - the loud click behind the driver's ear when someone unlocks a rear door from inside. The trunk is doubly carpeted, and the spare wheel has a cover to keep the luggage clean.
Out of gas?
Nothing to worry her pretty head. A reserve fuel tank switch on the dash gives her an extra thirty miles or so to find a gas station.
About those dents
Say someone biffs the Rover in a parking lot, what then? It's a relatively simple garage task to remove the dented panel and replace it - Rover's nineteen body panels are simply bolted on. It's even possible, at some expense, to get a spare set of panels in another color.
If you want to know more about the Rover 2000 Automatic ask your Rover dealer or write: British Leyland Motors Inc, Willow Tree Road, Leonia, NJ 07605. (We'll even tell you what men like about it.)
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