Head gasket went three weeks after I bought it, and then when I got it back, I had to take it back because of the big hole in the head and radiator. I do think this is due to not been cared for.
Cam shaft pulley fell off at 49000. Luckily I stopped straight away to find belts all over the road. God bless the RAC; luckily it didn't do any damage except to my wallet, because it needed a new pulleys, all the belts, timing kit and water pump.
Now it's drinking water again. I think the head gasket is going, and I'm thinking if it was not for the finance, I would consider getting rid, even though I love it.
I agree that it's not the greatest built car, and the ride is not great; you can feel every bump. But this has been my favorite car I have owned, and I have had a few.
It's the 160 model in black with tinted windows, and I have replaced the MG alloys with a nice set of Wolf-race Pro Sprint silver/blacks, which look great.
If it was not for the problems I have had, I would keep this little beauty for few years, but I now fear the head is gonna go again (second time in a year). I have looked after this car (although I have tested its power when needs be) and kept my eye on all the levels, but it must have had a tough time before I bought it.
The handling is brill; it goes where you point it. It's rapid compared to even my previous 1.8 Focus, 2.5 V6 Mondeo and Vectra SRi to name a few.
Just as a extra touch, I have installed a HID headlamp kit, which looks fantastic, and a DVD/Sound system, which turns heads.
I would recommend the ZR to anyone as long as they're aware of its head gasket issues.
Great little car, especially if you pick up a good one. If you don't mind the insurance, get a 160, they're worth it compared to my friends 120, which is OK, but ain't got nothing on the little daddy.