1997 MG F VVC 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
It's a girl's car
Very unreliable when bought (from a dealer).
Had to make several trips there, but seemed to find reliability - eventually.
Thank God there was a warranty.
Dead good handling from the mid-engined layout.
Reasonably practical for a two-seater.
It goes! Not the fastest machine in reality but you'll need a something well meaty to beat it and, importantly, it FEELS much faster than it is.
Fun roof-down action, great on sunny days. Bloody noisy on rainy days, especially on the motorway.
Overall, great fun. Only problem is IT'S A GIRL'S CAR (and NO, I'm not a girl).
I have argued with my mates what a top bit of fun this car is, given all the good reasons for having it and defended it 'til the end. But, they're right - it's not something other blokes tend to admire.
But I don't care. I'm happy and that's all that's important!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th February, 2001
6th Mar 2004, 02:59
A girls car? It may not be the most powerful or fastest car out there, but 0-60 in 7secs (1.8vvc) doesn't sound girlie to me. That will see off most boy racers, in style. What it is that actually makes this a girls car I don't know, but what I do know is that I'm looking to get one for the summer, and with me being a male, if it appeals to girls then that's just fine!
28th Sep 2004, 06:01
Having owned an MGF 1.8 VVC now for 6 months I have heard the 'girls' or 'hairdressers' car comment several times. I think it's because it's quite a 'pretty' car to look at and not aggressive. One thing I have noticed is all the people that have called it have been A. Male and B. Driving some family saloon when they would rather be driving something sportier.
My response has always been 'why should girls and hairdressers have all the fun!'
29th Nov 2004, 11:54
I can see what you mean by calling it a girls car is because I agree it is a pretty car, but I have driven one and now am looking to buy one in the coming weeks. they are amazingly fun to drive and they leave most other cars standing (Toyota MR2 + Mazda MX-5 especially) which I believe it was originally designed to do.
17th Feb 2005, 08:47
No. Jealous people (Toyota corolla drivers and such) will call your rag top car girlie for 1 reason only. Its got no roof. A word from a Porsche 911 owner, "people still call mine a girls car, and always will if its got no roof"
Its not a girls car (unless you got the 1.6 version)
9th Apr 2005, 17:42
I`d call an MX5 a girls or hairdressers car, but not an MG F, it`s a great looking car that handles well and is rewarding to drive, BMW did not do anything for MG, they only wanted to get the Range Rover so they could copy the design for their own off road vehicles.