2003 MG ZR 160 from UK and Ireland - Comments

9th Nov 2005, 09:54

You got a friday car. I've owned rovers/mg I've never had any trouble whatsoever. no car is perfect though.

21st Mar 2006, 09:12

I own a mg zr 160 & before that 105 & had no problems I think they are fun to drive. shame people had so many problems with theres may be could be the way they drive them. you look after your car your car looks after you. the only bad thing I can say about them is I don't like the new shape looks like a rover.

6th Jun 2006, 08:58

Did you ever think that by messing around and modding your car it might make this happen?? I personally would never bother with K&N rubbish, it's £100 for 5bhp!! Not worth it at all.

1st Apr 2008, 21:12

"glad Rover have gone under"

Insensitive comment.

Anyway, I have an '04 MG ZR and I have never had any of the problems listed, as for the 'cheap, tacky interior' what cars have you been driving? I wouldn't exactly associate Mazda with sumptuous interiors either.

I came from a MK4 Golf to the MG and for the price difference involved I think the quality of build materials for the interior are more than acceptable. VW used some crap materials for their glove boxes and door cards, I was forever having to fix mine; it used to creek and flex every time I rested my arm on it, no such problem on the MG.

Such a shame people are all too willing to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to cars.

5th Aug 2008, 08:08

Very underrated car, I've had my second ZR, this one a 160 from new 5 years ago, with no mechanical issues whatsoever, okay its not the best build car and interior rattles maybe annoying but that adds the character! Only things I've replaced being tyre`s and exhaust, but these are standard items that have worn, and any car would have had the same at this age!

Very sad what happened at Mg/Rover and I wish everybody who works there still my best wishes for the future.

22nd Nov 2008, 11:07

Hi, I drive a 5 year old MG-ZR who's only problem to date has been the drivers side window motor, which I must admit is very cheaply made, and expensive to replace.

The other parts changed have only been the normal wearing parts battery, silencer etc.

I'm British and proud of it, and proud to own one of the last true British cars.

4th Jun 2009, 16:35

I think that the ZR is a great car, don't get me wrong I've had more than my fair share of problems with mine, but this happens with all cars. I've had my ZR for 5 years and would never get rid of it.

26th Jan 2010, 14:51

After 5 weeks of owning a 2nd hand MG ZR+, the head gasket failed, £100.00 to get it towed home, £400 to fix.

9 weeks, the exhaust fell off. Fair enough.

A week later, water pump, £200.

15/1/2010, radiator leaking, immobiliser failure, engine management light.

What a brilliant car this has been. Cost £2200, spent £1000 on it, went for a trade in, got offered £1200. My advice; steer well clear, I've only had this car since June.

8th Apr 2011, 10:10

My last 5 cars were Japanese, and I still have a Japanese, normally bulletproof.

I got my girlfriend an MG/ROVER, and in the last 4 years the only trouble she had was a rear wiper relay - 5 quid, and a dirty starter motor connector - wiped clean free, until last week when the head gasket went. Now I know they go on them all; in same time I've replaced a Nissan's head (T/B snapped), all bushes, belts, ball joints, 2 shocks, C.V. joints...

And what car do you think I got her today...

I'll give you a hint... it isn't the Japanese one, she loves the MG, you get more car for your money. Look at a similar price German or Japanese car, and there's much less in them.

26th Sep 2011, 18:03

Well I don't know what you've been driving or where you got the 160 from. Was it dead, scrapped and brought back to life?

I've got the exact same car, an 04 plate Trophy Blue SE 160VVC, and I've never had any problems at all with it. I took all on a tour of Europe, 3500 miles, and it didn't miss a beat. It's done 54k, got FSH, and every 8k a coolant and oil change. Belts have been done, water pump, new brakes front and rear (pads only), and the jobs a good'un. The car is worth more now 6 months later than I paid for it, so how's that for value???

9th Oct 2011, 14:56

Yeah, I understand that you had a few problems with your MG... But to be perfectly honest with you, I've got one, and as long as you don't screw the crap out of it.. regular services, then the car will go forever... Fact...

9th Oct 2011, 15:06

You have had your fair share of faults then ;-(

I've got an MR ZR, and it's the best car I have ever bought. OK, you get your problems with any car, but I can see where you're coming from though. Enough to put you off for life... I still say it's a really good car.

26th Feb 2012, 09:56

I agree. The MG for the price is unbeatable, fun and nice looking car. It's a shame MG have gone.

14th Nov 2012, 15:35

I've had my MG ZR for 1 week, and I've had 2 new tyres. The gear box has just gone on it, but you know what, the smile on my face when it works is SO big. I've had sports cars like an MR2 mk2, a Pug 206 GTi etc, but this MG ZR is the best car to put a smile on your face.

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