2002 MG TF 1.8 135 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Cheap summer fun

Faults:

Nothing yet, but it's early days.

General Comments:

Only had the car for 500 miles... bought it for a bit of summer fun as nothing else for the same money was as interesting.

Has full service history with the all important receipt for head gasket (£1750)!!

It's a nice car with striking looks and smart interior.

Does feel like a bit of a toy though compared to Mazda MX-5, which I think is more driver focused (couldn't buy an MX-5 as I'm male and feel they are just too girlie).

Fuel economy is reasonable with 30-35 mg, dependent on how you drive it.

Handling is OK, but you can find the limit rather too quickly.

Will post more once I've actually done some miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th July, 2009

2002 MG TF 135 1.8i from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Super to look at, but I envisage problems. Will the looks make up for it. We'll see.

Faults:

Only had my 135 for 1 week & found rusty sludge on the dipstick. It appears there is rust sloshing around in the sump.

General Comments:

Fantastic looks, mine is 4 years old & mint with only 19K on the clock.

Keep tyre pressures correct as I find handling & feel of car is erratic & scary if they are too low. Especially the rear wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st December, 2006

2002 MG TF from UK and Ireland

Summary:

For £20,000 its money down the drain

Faults:

Leak from passenger door from Day 1. Took car back and leak returned. Warranty ran out due to MG Rover problems Driver window stuck so needed new door and window. Holes now in drivers door. Engine light flashing. Twice in last month. Driver door refused to open. Had to climb over to passenger seat every time I had to get in and out of car!!! Various other faults too numerous to mention. For a brand new car I'm disgusted!

General Comments:

I love the car. Its yellow with black soft top and very eye catching, but all the problems far outweigh the good points. I'm very disappointed. I have a Corsa that is over 10 yrs old. I have NEVER had a problem with that. Still looks brand new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th March, 2006

2002 MG TF 135 1.8 from France

Summary:

Excellent sporty little car, but could be more reliable

Faults:

It came with a small hole in the roof, the dealer patched it, but the repair didn't last.

The reverse gear regularly drops out with a rattling noise.

The flexible in the exhaust pipe reverberates at low RPM, it will be replaced by dealer.

When accelerating pedal to the floor at 3500rpm in third gear up-wards, the engine seems to strangle, which causes jumps and jerks. This is new and I hope the dealer will fix it on extended warranty.

The passenger electrical window failed when it rubbed against the roof and had to be readjusted.

The water temperature sensor failed at 18000km and had to be changed.

Diverse noises behind the dashboard.

General Comments:

I got the car after 6 months as a demonstration car. As such, it came with a very complete equipment, and except for the hole in the roof was in tip-top condition.

The car is fun to drive, the steering is very direct and engine response up-wards from 3500rpm is excellent. The suspension is very hard, which leads to a very safe feeling at high speed and in curves on an even surface. On bumpy roads, the comfort level drops significantly, and the driving tends to need a lot of attention, especially since the wide tires follow every small uneveness in the road.

The engine makes its presence behind the seats heard, and communication at speeds above 120km/h is difficult.

The brakes are good, but on roads with very asymmetrical friction, the car can sometimes drift to one side. The ABS kicks in early, which can significantly increase stopping distance on wet or gravel.

When driven sportively, as it should, the TF goes through the rear tires very quickly, I changed my first set at 16000km, with some help from a screw that got lodged in one of them.

The TF isn't a great fan of summer heat as we get it here in southern France. On sustained motorway drives with an outside temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, the oil temperature is flirting with the red line, and the air conditioning cannot compensate for the heat from the sun on the black roof and radiating from the engine.

Obviously, the boot is tiny, but with the addition of a boot rack even a camping holiday and longer trips were possible without too much deprivation.

The TF is a great car for summer cruising, and even on sunny winter days an open top drive with the heating at max is possible and fun when a wind stopper is fitted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2005