MG BGT Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 3

1969 MG BGT 1.8

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carMG BGT

Summary:

An ideal car for someone who wants a 'classic' British sports car, inexpensive, almost idiot proof

Faults:

Nothing has failed, the choke knob is very hard to pull. Perhaps it could be improved if I removed the inside and greased it.

General Comments:

This car has provided fun and reliability over the years, I ran it at the last race at riverside raceway, wasn't lapped and wore a set of tires out. The engine was loose after this, but still usable, The car has had many hard miles and feels it now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2004

1970 MG BGT GT 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired999999 miles
Most recent distance999999 miles
Previous carVolkswagen micro bus

Summary:

A car with character and charm

Faults:

Restoration of body and interior, mechanics have been flawless.

General Comments:

Beautifully detailed sports car, in every regard. Sounds better than any modern car and has a higher build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2003

1974 MG BGT N.A. 1.8L

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carMG B

Summary:

Great styling, fun, history and culture

Faults:

Blew the motor (bad oil pump), replaced it with my old roadster motor, scrapped roadster.

Several alternators went "out".

Suspension was replaced.

Speedometer went "out" at 72K.

Clutch failed at 114K.

Suspension failed at 114K.

Electrics failed at 114K.

General Comments:

I wish I still had this car, but I sold it to an MG mechanic when everything failed at once and I was in the middle of a move.

I converted the suspension to tube shocks and put in really stiff truck gas shocks, put on Monza exhaust, mahogany wheel, mahogany door sills on top, lots of other interior goodies, it was white with no rust, and always started!

I drove this car daily, in Chicago, even in -20 degrees. It always started with synthetic oil. I parked it on the street! The I drove it across the Eastern and Southern halves of the U.S., settling in New Orleans. I still drove it daily and lived there for almost a year, drove it to St. Louis for Grad School and continued to drive it daily. Then I moved for Law school and before I left everything broke.

Great handling, I out handled a mid eighties Trans Am and even a '92 Volkswagen GTI in the turns. Not a fast car, but great rewards for the driver who isn't afraid to rev it high, keep it there and take turns just a little too fast. Repairs are so cheap who cares if it breaks?

Great parts availability and easy to work on and/or cheap to pay someone else to get dirty. Plus you get the awesome GT styling which in my opinion is better than the roadster. I could cruise with this thing at 4K plus on the tachometer for hours. Wish I had a V8.

If you're looking at one and the price is right don't hesitate. Prices have for some reason gone up over the last few years. This isn't a Jag or an Austin, it's an MG.

The clubs are cool, too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2003

1973 MG BGT 1.8

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Previous carN/A N/A

Summary:

This is a great looking fun to drive classic sports car

Faults:

Electronic ignition went out. The car now has points.

There are a few leaks in the front when it rains.

When sitting in traffic the car will run hot, but this could possibly be due to the engine modifications, and no cooling system modifications.

General Comments:

This car is one of the most fun cars to drive. My car handles very well, this is due to the suspension upgrades and the wheel and tire combo. I added a rear sway bar also for auto-crossing. My performance rating 6/10 is all for the handling of this car. If it had more power it would have been given a much higher rating.

This car is not fast off the line by any means. The engine in my car has been modified quite a bit, but still lacks in power.

The interior is quite comfortable. This climate control on the other hand is not to much to talk about. However some models do have air conditioning, but that will be hard to come by in working order.

One of the most impressive things about this car is the styling. Its now 30 years old and still has the look that will turn many heads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2003

17th Nov 2005, 12:13

Brought back memories of my early 70's B and GT... but will never forgive their lack of power...as the author of the article noted :)

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews