2003 MG ZR Reviews - Page 3 of 6

2003 MG ZR + 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired8700 miles
Most recent distance13100 miles
Previous carPeugeot 206

Summary:

Sporty looks with built in economy

Faults:

Glove box opens on it's own accord when going over speed humps.

Brake pedal intermittently clicks when applied.

General Comments:

Have done over 4,000 miles miles in this car in under 3 months and have had no major problems or concerns whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, you aren't going to beat everything out of the lights from a standing start, but wait till the turbo kicks in at 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. After driving a Peugeot 206 2.0 Turbo Diesel, this car is like a breath of fresh air.

Yes, I have got to admit that I have got a much reported annoying rattle, but this, at the minute, is very intermittent and not worth complaining about.

I have not bought this car for looks, even though it does look sexy, especially sat on 17 inch straights, or for boy racer status (at 32!!!), but have purchased something which looks respectable and fairly sporty and doesn't hit me in the pocket with the fuel consumption (around 45-50 mpg).

In conclusion, if your requirements are sporty looking and economy, the MG ZR+ TD is well worth a look.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

2003 MG ZR 105+ 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Wagon R+

Summary:

It'll go down a storm at the banger races!!

Faults:

The alarm system wasn't even fitted.

The seat's are starting to rip underneath because a plastic clip under the seats has split and is tearing them.

General Comments:

Although the car does 0-60 in just under 10 seconds, the ride is terrible! The suspension feels like it, well, just isn't there, you hit a pot hole and it feels like it breaks your spine in four different places, it really is that bad.

The seats really are uncomfortable, even with the additional "lumbar support".

Another thing, all that horrible plastic, it just can't be right! because of all th plastic the interior looks to me like something off "button moon" or something!

The overall feel of the car is that of a child's go-cart! Not especially quick at the bottom end, but when you do put your foot down this 1.4 will and does beat 2litres off of the traffic lights. (Not that I'm a girl racer or anything, but it's important to find out these things, for the purpose of informing others, do you understand?)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2005

10th Sep 2005, 18:34

If you don't like it they why did you buy it?

Also the ride is not that bad. Try a MkII Fiesta if you want to try a car with no springs.

12th Sep 2005, 03:21

I've driven ZR's before, it's true, the ride is hard, but it just adds to the handling, which is excellent.

I didn't find it overly hard, and thought it was quite well sorted.

2003 MG ZR 105 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

"very slow" and gutless!!

Faults:

Trim is falling apart, engine constantly overheating, rattles/creaks like a tin can!

General Comments:

The car has a sporty look, but that is about it!!

The performance is boardering on PATHETIC! It hasn't any!

My previous car was a "Nissan Micra" and I can quite honestly say that performance wise there isn't much in it!

If you are after something with a bit of poke "steer well clear"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st May, 2005

29th Jun 2005, 14:30

Looks like you had a friday car. I have owned two ZR's, a 1.4 and a 2.0 TDi and both have been trouble free.

The interior is cheap, but that's expected from a cheap hatchback.

As for performance...it's a 1.4! what do you expect? The 105 is not pretending to be a hot hatch, it's a insurance friendly sporty looking car. Furthermore the 1.4 has over 100bhp, that is very good for a 1.4. All the power is beyond the 4000 revs range. You have to give it a few revs to experience the power band. You obviously have not done this. The 1.4 105 base model ZR is faster to 60mph than the last generation 2.0 Golf GTi. Enough said in terms of performance. Its actually quite good!

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 20 reviews