MG ZT-T Reviews

2003 MG ZT-T + pack 2.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired248000 kilometres
Most recent distance252000 kilometres
Previous carToyota MR2

Summary:

Bliss on a stick

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I have wanted one of these since they first came out, & was gutted when MGR went bust. So I waited & waited for the price to drop to a reasonable level. I was going to wait another 18 months until the house was paid off, then buy one of these or a Rover P6B. But then this came up... high km's, but completely straight with a full service history.

My previous Rover experience was with a 1982 SD1 3500SE, which was always broken, & as I was young, so were my finances. The ZT-T has been a revelation. Everything works like a new car, with no hint of anything going to break. Nor a single squeak or rattle. So I can concentrate on updating any small bits like HT leads, radiator cap & other age related things, just to be safe.

The car is so very smooth & has huge road presence. You feel like a king in this wonderful, cosseting car. Acceleration isn't amazing, but it boogies in the mid range & the handling is superb. This is about intelligent driving rather than the 'more powerrrr' thing that is sadly so common, & point to point, the ZT-T is a very good thing!

Build quality is also great & the ambiance is just stunning. I don't care if in a few years The Guv'nor needs a new engine or transmission. This has been a dream car, & a Bentley couldn't prise me away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2012

2002 MG ZT-T + 2.5 V6 (160) from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 (160) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carMG ZR

Summary:

Top quality, you will enjoy it if you give it a try

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I upgraded from an MG ZR to the ZT-T due to a third child, and must admit it is a fantastic car.

Looks superb, and is very quiet and comfortable on motorway.

Handling is good for such a large car, but you do feel some of the bumps due to the sporty suspension.

I am quite happy with a return of between 30 - 35 mpg (motorway), considering it's a V6, but it could do with a bit more power. It will cruise along quite nicely along the motorway, but when you want a bit more speed to overtake, it takes a short while to give you the speed, or at least that's how it feels as it is very easy to forget how fast you are traveling, due to the smoothness and lack of any wind noise, even at 70mph.

Since I bought my ZT-T, I have installed the trip computer and had to visit the dealer to get it programmed to the car. Dealer was very helpful, but this has been my only dealing with them.

I have also fitted rear parking sensors; due to the length of the car, these have been very handy.

Parts are mostly available except for some bits of trim, but servicing parts are available.

I would also recommend joining the 75 & ZT owners forum, as you will find out loads of information on this great car.

Bad things about the car.

The A & B pillars are large and easily hide other cars, people etc.

It does not always fit length ways in car park spaces, however this can be a good thing, because you can see your car poking out from a distance.

It is a big car, and some repairs will be expensive, however that's the price you pay for a luxury car and it is luxury. However you will also pay these bills for a BMW, Merc, Jag, and the ZT-T is in the same class, it just never got the praise it deserves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2011

2001 MG ZT-T 160+ 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

The best car I have ever owned

Faults:

The drain from the chamber where the ECU is housed got blocked (a common fault, I believe), but luckily I heard the water swooshing around when I went round a corner at low speed, and was able to take action.

General Comments:

Absolutely stunning car! It's an estate, yet it handles like a sports car. In fact the only criticism I have of it is the sometimes stiff ride, but again that's down to the sports suspension.

If only more people had actually given these cars a go, instead of letting Top Gear decide their opinions for them, then perhaps we wouldn't be looking at a Chinese owned car industry in this country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2010

16th May 2011, 16:02

Just to update this, I eventually got rid of the car in February 2011, having done 96,000 miles, as the cost of fuel commuting to work and back was just getting mad. But I still stand by my opinion that this was the best car that I've ever owned.

I replaced it with a Rover 75 diesel tourer, and whilst it's basically the same car, I still miss my old one. It felt like a beast when you were driving it, I could easily outpace boy racers if they fancied their chances, and I just miss the throaty roar of the engine, and well as the squat, muscular looks.

An absolutely stunning car, and, yes, I'm still seething at the way the last British owned volume car maker was bludgeoned to death.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 9 reviews