1974 MG Midget Reviews

1974 MG Midget Mk 3 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Summary:

Good, honest, little, open top sport car!

Faults:

I am a classic fanatic, so I can usually tell when something is likely to cause problems. Midgets need attention, particularly to the twin SU Carbs, which once set should cause no problems. The A series engine is bullet proof if regular oil changes are made.

I have recently rebuilt all the front suspension. Regreasing and regreasing cannot be emphasised enough with regards to the suspension.

Waxoxyl the whole car every year.

General Comments:

Unless you are willing to work on a Midget, then do not buy one!

These cars are over 30 years old now and need some respect.

They keep up with modern traffic on by-passes etc, but struggle with gearing on motorways.

Interior is very cosy, and the heater keeps you warm in winter.

Roof down completely transforms the car, and you realise why you bought an MG Midget.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2006

1974 MG Midget 1500 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

A cheap and fun classic, not to be relied on

Faults:

New engine needed.

New differential needed.

New brakes needed.

Water pump gasket failed.

Rear oil seal failed.

General Comments:

The car has decent engine performance, and pulls well in each gear.

It corners well, with sharp steering responses, but has a rough ride and lots of scuttle shake.

The gearbox is quite hard to use, but has a mechanical feel to it, with a positive shift action.

Mid corner bumps can unsettle the car, making the car to feel very skittish, causing some heart stopping moments!

There is a surprising amount of room for myself, a 6 foot 1 driver, and a passenger of the same height will have plenty of room in the comfortable, yet very hot interior (engine heat comes in creating a sauna like effect!)

Road presence is amusing, as the car is so small, people smile, point and sometimes wave! which adds to the character of the car.

It's a shame the car is so unreliable, as this takes the pleasure away from the experience on the whole.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th September, 2002

28th Sep 2002, 08:39

I Love my 1974 mg midget.

10th Mar 2014, 10:46

You have to remember, this car is over 30 years old, so there will be some problems.

Average review marks: 4.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews