1997 MG F VVC 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Whenever I see one now I can't stop laughing
Head Gasket Blew at 48000 miles.
Starter Motor Replaced.
Oxygen Sensor Replaced.
Fault on VVC system prevented Revving past 5000RPM (expensively fixed by dealer, finally after 3 attempts)
Complete Failure of VVC unit causing shearing of Valves. Complete new cylinder head required.
Numerous Hydragas Suspension Problems, the car was often lopsided.
Coolant pipe leaks.
Assorted rattles and squeaks from dash area.
This car looks quite appealing at first glance. Nice styling especially with the half leather interior. That I'm afraid is really all it has going for it.
Performance is adequate, but by no means quick. Handling is OK, but not sharp, my old Mk1 Mr2 was superior.
The main problem with this car is the ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL reliability and build quality. Buy one of these and expect to spend a lot of time and money trying to keep the heap of junk on the road. Its not just me, do your research (I didn't!!) they are renowned for their awful track record. The head Gasket is an accident waiting to happen, it WILL go (if it hasn't already, and even if it has already been replaced it will probably go again).
My MGF was without doubt the worst car I have ever owned (and i, ve owned a Metro! Why I went back to Rover I will never know).Don't let the pretty looks fool you, after you've owned it for 12 months you will come to despise the sight of the thing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th December, 2004
18th Feb 2006, 14:13
I'm afraid this person is spot-on - I had an MGF for a while and while I admit it was great in the summer (not difficult for a convertible!!) and though I didn't have head gasket problems the amount of small things that went wrong quickly are frankly too long to list here - from leaks to brakes to build to everything. Whether the TF was better (possibly as cars improve toward the end of their production line) I don't know, but this heap of rubbish is, for me, the worst of Rover. Cheaply put together (the 'spang!' of the doors closing still makes me wince), and just...awful. Totally unreliable. I needed all of my dozen years' sales experience to flog it to someone to get my money back. A lucky, lucky escape and a lesson: if you buy cheap you'll pay more in the end. Get an MX5 instead - it's on a different planet in every way, and is one of the most reliable cars ever built.