2002 MG ZR + TD 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A Rover 25 with body kit and hard suspension
Didn't own it very long:
Leather on passenger seat worn, but not driver's!
Fan in positions 1 & 2 not operating, but working on 3 and 4.
Unacceptable noise from a front tyre at motorway speeds - may have been due to uneven tyre wear.
Good mpg - probably averaging around 45-48mpg on motorway runs.
Good power available - over 2000 revs.
Handled very well through bends.
I thought it looked very cool - big alloys, body kit etc - probably the main reason for me buying it.
Air con worked very well.
Nothing actually broke whilst I had it.
Very heavy steering - thought I would get used to it, but found it tiresome. Noticeable on roundabouts, junctions etc. 3 point turns were hard work.
Suspension was too stiff for my liking, and the ride was rather uncomfortable in my opinion.
Brakes were there somewhere - really needed loads of effort to come to a quick stop - of course mine had no ABS.
Slack accelerator pedal cable, again meaning extra effort required when pressing the pedal to actually get the car to move.
Heavy clutch, adding to the overall general uncomfortable experience of driving it.
Gearbox felt very loose - gear knob would rattle when driving.
Diesel engine rather noisy, especially when cold.
Wind noise from sunroof when closed.
Springs in seats would squeak - I went everywhere with the stereo up.
That's enough I think. I paid too much for the car, and sold it for a big loss. Possibly some of the above faults could have been solved, but it just didn't seem worth it.
Sorry MG lovers, I was very disappointed, but maybe I had a bad one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th July, 2011