1997 MG F MPi 1.8 from UK and Ireland
You can't drive on wishes
Head gasket failure at 134,000 miles.
Head gasket failure at 134,500 miles.
Head gasket failure at 135,000 miles on brand new engine with upgraded HG, etc.
Water pump leak.
Cambelt went, bent valves.
Block cracked due to leaking water pump.
Corrosion at subframe mounting points.
Exhaust flexi joint.
Backbox totally rusted out.
Catalytic converter disintegrated.
Trim loose and easily broken.
Radio stopped working.
Driver's window loose and lets in rain.
Hood doesn't close properly and leaks.
Ball joints need replacing every couple of years.
Underfloor coolant pipes rusted through.
New underfloor coolant pipes rusted through.
Sensors and ECU's randomly fail.
The car keeps in the tradition of British made car, in their quirkiness and their unshakable unreliability.
A standard car that wasn't built to last, with an engine that wasn't tested or developed properly. Not fast, and handling isn't really that great; at the bottom of the list in all departments compared to MX5's, MR2's, etc. A fact that is often questioned, but is true I'm afraid.
If you buy one, you will be constantly paying out for repairs. Fans of the car seem to be blind to this, and also to the awful reliability of the engine, but I can no longer keep paying out for it.
Constantly checking the coolant temp gauge level and hoping the water is still at the same level, just isn't worth it for a very normal, under-developed car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th April, 2011