MG B Reviews from North America - Page 4 of 4

1979 MG B 1.8

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30490 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carMG Midget

Summary:

My MG B is a fun car to drive

Faults:

This MG B has only 30K miles and is in excellent condition, always garage kept. Only 691 miles driven in the last 3 years and only 6K in the last 17 years.

Very lucky to have found this MG and can you believe it; "in my own local". I am the third owner and I have the original paper work on the MG. I previously had a Midget 1978 and have always regretted selling it. Now I have a B and will never ever sell. My nine year old son also says he will never sell it.

General Comments:

Sorry I'm excited about the MGB and have reversed the comments here. I'm 54 years old and get excited about this car. I'm sure I'll have problems, but will enjoy working on it with my son.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2001

1978 MG B 1.8

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Faults:

Master cylinder leak, rear cylinder leaks, radiator problems, cooling fan, alternator, water pump.

General Comments:

This was my first car, I still have it and enjoy working on it, which is good cause I have to often. Lately I have had very few problems. Eventually I'd like to restore it, but it is great to drive now. Fun car, but not one to rely on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th July, 2000

1974 MG B Convertible 1.8 Gas

Year of manufacture1974
Engine and transmission 1.8 Gas
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10

Faults:

Brake master cylinder leaks, clutch master and slave cylinder leaks, radiator leaks, fuel pump leak, carb leaks, bad front shock absorber, speedometer bad, 2 times. Water leaks around wind screen. Actually it has been reliable for the past six months.

General Comments:

I enjoy taking it out on some back roads with the top down, makes me forget about all the problems I had to repair during the first six months after buying it. I bought from a used car lot, not recommended in America. Try to find one with some maintenance history.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

1979 MG B 1.7 petrol

Year of manufacture1979
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

I'm in Massachusetts, USA and rust is the biggest problem. As with any classic, there is no formal support infrastructure, but there are clubs and informal networks of mechanics who can help owners. Parts for MGBs are readily available from several mail order houses.

General Comments:

This is a fun summer car that attracts attention. Driving it puts you in touch with the road, and the wind in your hair keeps you young.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th August, 1997

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 13 reviews