2003 MG ZT-T 120 1.8L NA


Huge fun but undervalued family sports estate


Head gasket failure at 45,000.

Front O/S wheel bearing at 56,000.

Rear trailing link bushes at 58,000.

Liner register seal failure at 76,000.

General Comments:

Strong, solid car which can boast one of the highest lateral g-forces of many "family estates". The handling is amazing - have great fun on local clover-leafs eating up overpriced German rivals.

Superb fun to drive and swallows up luggage.

Useful, strong roof-rails, properly secured to body.

BMW-inspired lifting glass on hatch is very useful.

A physically big car with a small engine - regret not having a turbo, so only 33 to a gallon at best. Does prefer Total fuels.

Quality supportive seats and trim which is easy to clean;

Well-considered load space with quality "D"-rings and good stowage space - well-engineered combined dog-guard and load-space cover.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2014

2002 MG ZT-T + 2.5 V6 (160)


Top quality, you will enjoy it if you give it a try


Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I upgraded from an MG ZR to the ZT-T due to a third child, and must admit it is a fantastic car.

Looks superb, and is very quiet and comfortable on motorway.

Handling is good for such a large car, but you do feel some of the bumps due to the sporty suspension.

I am quite happy with a return of between 30 - 35 mpg (motorway), considering it's a V6, but it could do with a bit more power. It will cruise along quite nicely along the motorway, but when you want a bit more speed to overtake, it takes a short while to give you the speed, or at least that's how it feels as it is very easy to forget how fast you are traveling, due to the smoothness and lack of any wind noise, even at 70mph.

Since I bought my ZT-T, I have installed the trip computer and had to visit the dealer to get it programmed to the car. Dealer was very helpful, but this has been my only dealing with them.

I have also fitted rear parking sensors; due to the length of the car, these have been very handy.

Parts are mostly available except for some bits of trim, but servicing parts are available.

I would also recommend joining the 75 & ZT owners forum, as you will find out loads of information on this great car.

Bad things about the car.

The A & B pillars are large and easily hide other cars, people etc.

It does not always fit length ways in car park spaces, however this can be a good thing, because you can see your car poking out from a distance.

It is a big car, and some repairs will be expensive, however that's the price you pay for a luxury car and it is luxury. However you will also pay these bills for a BMW, Merc, Jag, and the ZT-T is in the same class, it just never got the praise it deserves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2011

2001 MG ZT-T 160+ 2.5 V6


The best car I have ever owned


The drain from the chamber where the ECU is housed got blocked (a common fault, I believe), but luckily I heard the water swooshing around when I went round a corner at low speed, and was able to take action.

General Comments:

Absolutely stunning car! It's an estate, yet it handles like a sports car. In fact the only criticism I have of it is the sometimes stiff ride, but again that's down to the sports suspension.

If only more people had actually given these cars a go, instead of letting Top Gear decide their opinions for them, then perhaps we wouldn't be looking at a Chinese owned car industry in this country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2010

16th May 2011, 16:02

Just to update this, I eventually got rid of the car in February 2011, having done 96,000 miles, as the cost of fuel commuting to work and back was just getting mad. But I still stand by my opinion that this was the best car that I've ever owned.

I replaced it with a Rover 75 diesel tourer, and whilst it's basically the same car, I still miss my old one. It felt like a beast when you were driving it, I could easily outpace boy racers if they fancied their chances, and I just miss the throaty roar of the engine, and well as the squat, muscular looks.

An absolutely stunning car, and, yes, I'm still seething at the way the last British owned volume car maker was bludgeoned to death.