1973 MG BGT Reviews

1973 MG BGT MGB GT 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance58500 miles
Previous carMorris Marina

Summary:

Probably good car flawed by cowboy specialist

Faults:

I bought this car from a well established MG specialist. To be honest id recently retired and wanted a Hobby to undertake.

What a mistake!

I paid nearly 6 grand for it. Red with black interior, chrome wires etc. Looked brilliant and was what id believed to be the best vehicle id looked at.

After 8 weeks of ownership it had been back to the dealer 5 times. Constantly cut out, was under powered, noisy gearbox etc. Also bubbles started to show through the paint. I got a second opinion at another specialist and was informed i'd probably bought a nail (bad car in the trade apparently).

I took said car back to the specialist for the final time in October 2002 and left them the keys demanding either another vehicle or a full refund.

They have refused point blank and the car has been stood at there premises ever since whilst I persue them through the courts.

General Comments:

I went out and bought a Triumph Spitfire after the MG.

This car has been brilliant. Its not immaculate, but its reliable and fun. I've joined the TSSC and the members are helpful and down to earth. In my opinion this car has much more charm and charachter than the MGB.

To be honest I believe the MG has a bit of an image with boring men with beards, stripy jumpers and cords. Not my scene and in a sad sort of way I'm glad things have turned out how they have!

The MG's engine in comparison has all the charm of an Morris J4 van.

Its really sad because if I had bought a decent MGB id have probably been one of those boring blokes wearing a flat cap on a Sunday afternoon and enjoying it!

Ill stick with the spitfire for the time being though...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

16th Jan 2004, 07:48

The MGB is a brilliant car, it does seem that you bought a dog. Shame you bought a spit because they are awful. Sure they look good, sound good and a fairly reliable... just don't go round any corners at speed because somebody forgot to fix rear suspension!!

18th Jan 2004, 12:03

Hmmm I'm sorry, but I disagree.

Having driven both ill take the spit. The MGB wasnt the best car to drive and to be honest in comparison to the triumph it was plain boring.

I have a later spitfire that has the updated suspension and it's a good fun car to drive.

There are also so many more tuning options with the spitty engine over the lethargic MGB one.

1973 MG BGT 1.8 from North America

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: 5.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews