1977 MG B Review

1977 MG B Roadster 1.8 (tweaked) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 (tweaked) Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance255000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 600

Summary:

Fun, but can only be a second car

Faults:

Generally, nearly everything. Still on the original gearbox though.

Engine blew at 200 000 (£2000)

Most of front end rebuilt 1989 and again in 2002 (sills forward) (£4000)

Prop shaft (£90)

Rusts everywhere.

Eats kingpins, even when greased monthly.

General Comments:

It looks stunning and makes fantastic noises. People wave at it. Women adore it. Kids respect it. You never get cut up, people let you out of junctions.

Surprisingly reliable if you keep it dry. It has only been rescued by the RAC about 4 times in my 7 year ownership.

Unfortunately, it fails every MOT for some expensive rust reason. I have spent about £11000 on the car since I bought it for £3000 in 1997, although it is now worth about £7000. This is still better than depreciation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2004

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review