1980 MG BGT Reviews

1980 MG BGT 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance83500 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Buy it as a design classic, the car that BL couldn't kill, but don't expect great performance

Faults:

Rust on top of petrol tank and front valence.

I replaced radiator before it corroded.

Fitted new carburettor heat shield as old one glowed red hot.

Overdrive was sluggish because car had only run 300 miles/year since 1992. Once used seriously it functioned properly.

Seat bases were hard and perished, once new ones were fitted it was possible to see over the top of the dash!

General Comments:

I think the exhaust note is sublime. Forget the radio or CD player, it will be difficult to hear properly anyway. Wind the window down, find a twisty road put your foot to the floor in 2nd and 3rd then travel back in time to 1962.

The design is one of the best ever. The TR7 that replaced it was a visual as well as an engineering disaster.

The handling is better than I expected after hearing about the problems with rubber bumper cars. After years of front wheel drive extra caution is necessary in the rain.

Taking all the purchase cost in one hit, it has cost 53 pence/mile. 14 of this for petrol plus additive. Good value for me anyway.

Be careful to get a good one so you enjoy the legend from behind the wheel rather than under the bonnet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

1980 MG BGT 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles

Summary:

Go out and buy a good one you will not regret it

Faults:

Usual MG problems i. e clutch release bearing, suspension bushes needed replacing, dreadfull lucas electrics!but the car has never let me down (yet) and seems to give plenty of warning of part failure.

General Comments:

This car has been the best car I have bought since the midget 25 years ago

I only bought the GT as a weekend toy, but would rather drive it than my Honda accord "euro box"

Its not particularly quick, but feels like your flying mainly due to the low seating position and solid ride

Finding a good rust free car is a mammoth task so be prepared to look at loads of rubbish.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2002

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews