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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Running costs

2 out of 5 2.0

Well it's much cheaper than a Bentley, but otherwise not a good choice for those on a budget. The V8 engine makes it thirstier and pushes the insurance category up considerably. Worst of all on the used market it is valued little higher than other 75s so depreciation is pretty steep.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £2,771 - £2,771 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 15,000 miles (oil change every 5000)
Warranty Mechanical 3 years; bodywork 6 years
Road tax (12 months) £325
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 35
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

0.5 out of 5 0.5

With its large petrol engines and an average fuel consumption figure of just 21mpg, it's no surprise that 75 performs so badly on the eco front. It emits 319 g/km CO2, which is quite high, even for a luxury saloon. Fortunately, buyers of these sorts of cars tend to do fewer miles per year than those that own average family cars.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
4.6 V8 Petrol 319 g/km (Min) £325
4.6 V8 Petrol 319 g/km (Max) £325

Reliability

4 out of 5 4.0

As yet there are no reports of problems with the Ford engine, indeed this is a common unit in America where unreliability is not tolerated. Also its pretty unstressed so we really wouldn't expect much in the way of problems. However it does require oil changes every 5000 miles (with service intervals every 15,000 miles).

Car checklist problem points

Body Well built and well finished - so it should look like new.
Engine / gearbox Make sure oil gets changed every 5000 miles.
Other No problems noted.