1997 MG F 1.8i from UK and Ireland
Great fun, great ride, great handling even for a hairdressers car
When I first acquired this car, I didn't realise that the ride height was too low, and when I first took it to the dealer about another matter the mechanic exclaimed that my MG was 'on its knees'. It cost about £30 to pump the Hydragas suspension up a bit. Unfortunately I had driven it for about 1000 miles whilst it was too low and this led to excessive wear to the front tyres, which is a common problem of too low a ride height.
The car also needed a new rear brake pipe which had become corroded. This was identified at it's first service in my possession.
Also identified at this first service was a worn track rod end, and top ball joints to the rear. The service and all of the repairs mentioned above cost me £600.
More recently, the central door lock solenoid on the drivers side broke, but I think this was caused by myself, removing the inner door trim whilst the battery was still connected...
Just last week I needed a new radiator fitting which was also badly corroded. That was £280.
Whilst the car was at the dealers, I got the to look at excessive play in the gear stick. They remedied that, but took £100 off me...
Ride is fantastic, not too hard, but you do learn where the pot-holes are on roads you use regularly!
Handling is great, this is the first car that not only gets me from A to B, but gets me there with a smile on my face!
Being rear wheel drive, the car is extremely predictable. If I had to fault the handling, I would say that it tends to under-steer a little now and then, but nowhere near as bad as an Audi TT!
It really is a fun car, I often find myself smiling when I am driving. It isn't the fastest thing on the road, but open top motoring is not about getting there fast! If you get one, get some sun cream for your face, I have gotten sun burnt a few times!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd January, 2004