1997 MG F VVC 1.8i VVC from UK and Ireland
Great fun, great looks, built to budget and noisy
Minor electrical faults required new wiring loom
Battery and alternator replaced
Needed new brake hose.
Struggled with cold/wet starts, replaced spark plugs and leads - now starts every time.
Misfiring from above problem shot the catalyst to pieces replaced quite cheaply.
Exhaust fell off! Note that it was a sports exhaust, but the design puts a lot of stress on the mounts.
Loads of squeaks and rattles, particularly annoying one in drivers door,
Great Car. Not the most reliable, very noisy and rattles like anything, but realy fun to drive and looks the part.
Handling is good, but not the best in its class. Engine very responsive and smooth throughout the rev range - really shines above 4000 though.
Fuel consumption is OK if you keep your speed down and don't push it, but rubbish if your having a bit of fun.
Really noisy car, you can't hear the stereo on the motorway, but who cares - I like listening to the engine anyway.
I've heard a lot of problems with tyre wear; If its set correctly and you put a good set of boots on it then its fine. If your prepared to fix some of the minor problems yourself its really cheap to run too.
Shame on those drivers who keep the roof up in the summer!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th October, 2004