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


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


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


The classic convertible of the 20th century


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