Bought for bang on half RRP from a dealer clearance sale 3 weeks ago. No warranty, and the dealer has just gone bust, so no come back at all.
When you can pick up a very quick, very capable sports saloon for the price of a lower mid spec Toyota Yaris however, you can make allowances. Parts are not a problem as there are 2 million MG Rover cars on British roads, and several companies are catering for them.
The V6 engine is smooth and powerful, and returns about 25 mpg average. Performance and handling both sensational, and as a driver's car, this blows my 2000 VW Bora V5 away in every respect. Build quality is above average, but the details and interior are dated.
I will put about 100k on the car over the next two years as part of my work. Therefore residual values are irrelevant, and at £8,500 for a 180 PS V6, sub-7 second 0-60 time and a corking chassis, I'm not griping. I intend to carry out all basic maintenance myself, and I have already confirmed with several local specialists that they can diagnose and repair any engine management or electrical problems.
On the evidence of this car, Rover didn't deserve to meet such a sad end. The ZS's only faults really are dated styling and details. Handling, engine and ride beat the Bora, build quality and comfort are only just behind. Other manufacturers did (do) far worse. At RRP it was even good value. Great drivers car but practical for the family too.
Will update as the miles go on.