1973 MG Midget Review

1973 MG Midget 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJ40


Great when it goes, hell when it doesn't!


New Alternator.

New Tires.

New Ignition Coil.

Engine Pinking.

Air Filter split.

General Comments:

Despite perception, these cars are incredibly roomy when you are actually in them! I want to love this car so much, and when its running, its beautiful, so much fun to drive, but problems constantly crop up every fortnight, with my garage having the car more than I do!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th December, 2005

6th Jul 2013, 06:37

I had three Midgets - one I drove 300 miles a week for four years and loved every smile; living in South Florida, the top was down most of the time. Bought it for 700.00 used and had more fun than any other car I collected. Easy to work on and parts are inexpensive. I did most of the work myself, and yes they need TLC on the run, but the harder I drove it, the better it ran. Just don't let them sit or you will have trouble.

Due to the salt air, the car was rusty and I ended up giving it to a friend.

I miss little Red...

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review