2004 MG TF Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2004 MG TF 135 1.8i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance1050 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

I have driven many sports cars and the TF is one of the best for real driver involvement.

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This is a good looking car and always turns heads even from drivers of much more exotic cars.

The handling is fantastic and in my experience only achieved by a mid engined rear drive arrangement.

My car has uprated brakes which on the odd occasion they have been used in earnest have proved to be absolutely superb.

I am nearly six feet tall with a fairly large build and find the driving position good.

I can see why some motoring journalists find the driving position high - they are exceptionally tall!

It is the first car I have owned in some time that I take for a drive just for the fun of it.

The car always puts a smile on my face.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2004

8th Sep 2004, 01:18

I am 5 foot 6 and it's misleading to say that there is enough room to comfortably fit in someone who is over 6 feet tall! I can barely rest my foot without is overlapping onto the brake!

Is this guy for real?

9th Dec 2004, 04:53

I am 5ft 10 inches and drive a TF 160, as yet I have not found the drivers position to be anything else, but comfortable. I would dive at least 4 hours a day in peak traffic, 2 hours am and 2 hours Pm.

13th Dec 2004, 04:55

Can anyone tell me what space there is behind the front 2 seats in a mg-tf, is there room for children or is it just the 2 seats and that's all you're getting in there?

Thanks,

Marc Guy.

2nd Jan 2005, 13:08

I'm 6'4" and fit comfortably in the TF. Depends where your height is. Mine is in my legs, for which there is is plenty of room. Tip for fellow six-footers: don't do the natural thing and push the seat all the way back. Bring it forward a notch or two and then lower the seat back. This helps with headroom enormously.

13th Jul 2005, 05:17

I am 6ft 3" and find the MGTF's seating position is spot on. I cannot however sit comfortably in an MX5.

2004 MG TF 135 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance650 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Disappointing

Faults:

On th day of delivery the paint was marked, the clock was not set, the plastc rear window was foggy, the roof did not fit, but we were assured that this was normal. The suspension clonked badly, but we are told this too is normal.

On the second day of ownership the car refused to start, the AA diagnosed a loose earth cable and poorly connected starter motor. Whilst washing the car we discover rust in the front cargo hold.

Day three, the speedometer failed, the AA found the cable had fallen out.

Day four, returned to the dealer for checks, nothing wrong was found, car was collected.

Day six, alarm went off whilst locked in the garage, deadlocking the doors. The AA were called again and freed the locks.

Day twelve, ownership over, the car was rejected.

General Comments:

We have owned German cars for the last 15 years and have never had a fault.

We felt that we should support the British car industry and so when we decided to buy a roadster, the MG seemed the ideal choice. It was fun to drive despite a very stubborn gearbox.

The dealer was very good when we had trouble and when we decided to swap the car, he was more than happy to oblige, however when we asked him to guarantee that the new car wouldn't be plagued with faults he couldn't so they bought the car back.

There is a happy end to this tale. This Saturday our new Mercedes SLK arrived and so far is faultless, more expensive, but just better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews