2001 MG F 1.6i from UK and Ireland
Indicator lens, roof leak, heater fan speed on 1 & 2, carpet coming loose, oil filler bracket snapped, accelerator cable loose, oh and a small electrical fault behind the dashboard, resulting in the whole car becoming a fireball.
I bought the car for a fun runabout in the summer. The looks of the MGF are probably one of the best for a small sports car in this price bracket. The handling and ride were good, and it looked resplendent in metallic black.
There were quite a few niggles, like the fan speed and leaking roof, but with these sorts of cars you have to expect to get your hands dirty a bit. I really liked the car, the way it drove and the acceleration for a little 1.6 was pretty good. I fixed the minor niggles and fitted a glass rear screen - highly recommended as it is way quieter with the roof up, and visibility was improved dramatically.
Unfortunately the car decided to spontaneously combust. A small electrical fire behind the dashboard resulted in the whole car bursting into flames when I opened the door to get in. I guess this can happen to any car, but maybe it's more frequent in convertibles, as the damp can effect the wiring more???
Overall, a really nice car apart from the little niggles and fireball incident. I'd recommend one if you like tinkering with your car (but get a fire extinguisher). If you want a car that you'll never need to fix anything - get an MX5.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th December, 2010