MG RV8 Review

1996 MG RV8 4.0 litre V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0 litre V8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carCadillac Eldorado


Classic collectable; belongs in museum


Car overheats, the problem is not fixed yet. Not sure, but could be the thermostat.

Fuel starving problem, haven't been able to solve this 1 either; it could be a vacuum leak somewhere, fuel filter and pumps changed many times, to no avail, and tank completely cleaned.

Brake master cylinder broken, still needs a fix.

General Comments:

The MG RV8; for a start it's a Rover, so it's got serious issues, but on the positive side, it's a collectable classic with only 2000 units out there. It's very solid, but it's prone to Rover type problems; those little ones that nag you and can never be solved.

The car has the Range Rover V8 engine, weighs about 1100kgs and has about 190 horsepower. It looks great. It's a kind of commemorative remodel of the MGB; lots of torque and fun to drive when you can keep it running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st December, 2007

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review