2000 MG F Reviews from UK and Ireland

2000 MG F VVC 1.8

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired36 miles
Most recent distance42 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta


A love/hate relationship


Surprise, surprise - head gasket failure.

Catalytic converter replaced.

General Comments:

As has been well documented in reviews of this car, head gasket failure is almost to be expected when purchasing one of these cars, and mine was no exception. However, the item can be replaced and a replacement designed to overcome the problem is available through the MG owners' club. The replacement component was designed for the Land Rover Freelander and, since having mine replaced, have experienced no further faults. The garage bill was quite steep but the cost to buy the car and its general running costs do provide something by way of offset.

The overall build quality of the car could be better but, that said, it is probably not something that detracts too heavily from the overall ownership experience.

Negatives aside, this car has a charming side: it is a pretty looking car and handles well. I have replaced the standard tyres with Toyo's and (in the dry) grip is superb. In VVC form the car is genuinely fast and the ride is comfortable enough for long distances.

A reasonable sized boot (for this type of vehicle) adds some practicality and fuel economy is better than you may expect.

In summary, provided that you factor in the cost of a new head gasket and lavish some care and attention on the car, the MGF can be a lot of fun. On those sunny days when I'm driving for driving's sake around the countryside, the MGF does almost seem to make sense.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2008

2000 MG F 1.8 VVC

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 VVC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude


Absolute rubbish


Leaking petrol tank.

VVC replaced.

Valve stem seals replaced.

Hood replaced.

Power hood mech replaced.

Bumpers replaced.

Boot resprayed.

One alloy replaced.

All under warranty. The car is a replacement for the original (the paint had peeled off in 6 months).

General Comments:

One fault after another. The dealers always break something else when they are trying to fix something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th August, 2002

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews