MG Midget Reviews from North America

1977 MG Midget

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

Fun to drive!

Faults:

We have not had any problems in the 6 years that we have owned the Midget. Growing up, my dad always had an MGB, and I know he did have it in the shop quite a bit.

It's a fun car to drive - however I'm 5'2" and I need a boost to see over the steering wheel, and my husband is 6'2" and he has trouble getting in and out because he is so tall. So it is an awkward fitting car. The steering is very tight.

We had to drive the interstate home when we purchased the car, and it was a little scary... I could have fit under a semi, and you really don't want to go very fast in this car as someone else had mentioned.

General Comments:

This car is lots of fun to drive, and definitely turns heads. In fact when I see it parked in the garage, it makes me smile, it's so small and just so much fun!

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

Review Date: 6th February, 2010

1975 MG Midget Roadster 1.5L Gas

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5L Gas Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired93100 miles
Most recent distance93450 miles

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Restored Car. Body 2007-2008.

Yet to restore. Running gear.

General Comments:

This car is owned because you love LBC's (Little British Car). I owned a 75 MG Midget in 1998 and used it as daily driver, and it performed well considering how unreliable they are.

This one I bought to totally restore. Any part can be had at a cost of course. You need to be very mechanically inclined to own one of these type of cars.

They are fun to drive.

Fun to work on.

Will provide lots of years service (Summer Months) if taken care of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2008

1972 MG Midget 1.3

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Excellent fun to cost ratio!!

Faults:

Things that have gone wrong are really just a reflection of the cars age. I have replaced brake hoses, steering rack boots and cooling system hoses. The car has pretty low miles for it's age so nothing mechanical worn out.

I had some trouble with the SU carbs, it was impossible to keep the mixture adjusted, I looked through the cars records and saw that the previous owner had paid to have them set up 3 times in only 1100 miles. I took them off and rebuilt them. While rebuilding them I could see that they had been apart before and someone had left a few pieces out and some assembled wrong.

I set them up according to the manual and wow, she purrs like a kitten. Crisp and smooth acceleration.

General Comments:

Great little car! A lot like a go cart. Lots of fun to drive on the windy roads. Parts are easy to find and not too expensive.

I wish it had a little more power, so I'm going to work on that.

In regards to the SU carbs, I'd recommend to anyone who is having trouble with them that they find a competent mechanic who understands how they work to rebuild them and set them up. They are one of the simplest carbs I've seen, not much to go wrong with them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

1970 MG Midget MK III 1.3 CC

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 CC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73200 miles
Most recent distance74500 miles

Summary:

FUN

Faults:

Shortly after purchasing my Midget, from a private seller, the reverse/first gear went out. However, I knew the transmission had a problem when I purchased the car. I later replaced the brake master cylinder. The car has never left me stranded, even when first gear went out, the little car brought me home.

General Comments:

The car has a rebuilt engine, approximately 1300 CC and is very responsive! However, riding comfort is comparable to "zipping" down the freeway on a skateboard.

Car gets a lot of attention, parts are available for restoration and brings back a lot of good memories for people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2005

1967 MG Midget Mark III 1.3 Liter

Model year1967
Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership1967
Most recent year of ownership1973
Engine and transmission 1.3 Liter Don't Know
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles

Summary:

There are not words vulgar enough to truly express my opinion of this car

Faults:

Without a doubt the most unreliable car anyone in my family has ever owned. Purchased new, within 35,000 miles it had cost more in repairs than it did to purchase.

General Comments:

The best thing I can say about this car is that it is so lightweight, a small child could push it when it broke down. I know this for a fact because I was a small child when my father owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th June, 2005

6th Jun 2005, 08:37

A British car built in the '60's unreliable?

Imagine that...

5th May 2006, 20:29

Sorry to hear it. My '68 gets driven 70 miles a day for my commute, and I just finished an 1100 mile road trip with no problems.

6th May 2006, 10:18

I don't understand the review. Is the poster reviewing the car as it was in 1967 or as it is today? Makes no sense.

31st May 2006, 15:08

I don't understand the review either, I would like one of these little cars and after all they are a classic car now, and have far more character than the modern metal boxes with a wheel at each corner.

28th May 2008, 21:19

I have a 67 Midget - it runs great and works well in this age of high gas prices; it is a lot easier to fill up a 7 gallon tank after driving it all week... Bought it for $2500.00 and invested another $3000.00 - besides it is a fun ride!

3rd Jun 2008, 16:16

I have owned my 1967 Midget since high school... It's been about 23 years now... Except for when I took it apart 5 years ago for a total show car restoration job, the car had never seen a tow truck. It has honestly been one of the most reliable and fun cars I have ever owned. It is for these reasons that I can forgive a few drops of oil on the garage floor...

Average review marks: 4.4 / 10, based on 8 reviews