MG B Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1963 MG B Mk 1 1.8

Year of manufacture1963
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

This is motoring not driving - breath and feel the world go by

Faults:

Clutch replaced.

Some rust repairs.

Dull respray.

Speedo odometer stop working.

New muffler.

Starter motor made horrible noises.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a project to rebuild and sell. It was advertised in the paper fairly cheaply because of gearbox problems. I replaced the clutch and the gearbox was fine. It had the odd issue here and there, but nothing too annoying.

I then drove the car for 1.5 years. This was a great car to drive; when you wanted to get a way from it all, just put the top down and drive, all your cares just faded. I drove with the top down always, unless it was absolutely pelting down with rain, otherwise just keep driving and hope there are no red lights - the rain tends to catch up with you when you stop.

I then had the car re-sprayed, and sold it for a profit. I now own an MGA, but it's still being rebuilt. I hope it brings me as much fun as the MGB did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2007

1975 MG B Roadster 1.8

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance232000 miles

Summary:

The classic convertible of the 20th century

Faults:

Rust has been the MG B's downfall, after ownership in Scotland the car has rusted from the inside out - 3 times!

Overdrive has had some issues, but never been replaced.

The engine has been rebuilt twice, but then infrequent oil changes don't help.

General Comments:

I still love my MG, and no doubt will keep it for the rest of my days. How can you sell a car that you have had for 21 years!

It drives well especially with the added anti roll bars front and rear.

The looks are classic, and one day I will transplant a Rover 3.5 V8 into that engine bay.

Originally blue with a brown interior, it has been red with a black interior for 18 of the years I have owned it, and when I win the lottery, I will have it restored to its full original glory.

At 6 foot 3 I have ample room, unlike the 1972 Corvette I owned, which I could barely fit in.

I have only rated the comfort rating down, because it hasn't got air conditioning, which living in Perth Western Australia, can be a bit of an issue! Especially when like today it is 39 degrees.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2004

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews