2004 MG ZT-T + 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Looks, handling, build quality, what else do you need except maybe another one in a different colour
Clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder.
Rear wiper not completing a full wipe.
Headlight washers stopped working.
Handbrake not very good.
Snapped rear springs.
This car is totally under valued. Those who know, know how good it is, others just won't appreciate it until they have been in one. Yes you get the ooh nice Rover (snigger, snigger) remarks, but only from the un-educated.
It may well be a Rover with a bodykit, but even the Rover is a good car, but suffers from badge snobs.
Performance as standard is a little slow as this was a 115 BHP, but through the 75 and ZT owner's club it has received the X Power upgrade so now has 160 BHP and the 320 owners now have to move out of my way.
Handling is amazing for a car this big; yes it can be firm, but it is supposed to be sporty; want comfort then get the Rover.
Build quality is superb; you can tell BMW had the money. Equipment levels vary between cars; some had lots of equipment, some didn't.
Mine has cruise control, rain sensing wipers, climate control, 4x electric windows, heated electric mirrors, electric sunroof, headlight washers, and projector headlights to name a few.
The colours of the MGs are better than anything else offered by other manufacturers, and one of the hardest decisions is choosing the colour as they all look so good.
Check for clutch problems as the master cylinder on top of the pedal can leak as it's plastic, but for about £100 can be replaced with a metal one through the club; fitting is straightforward, but fiddly due to its location; also if it needs a new clutch, change the slave cylinder as well.
The handbrake as renowned for being poor, but again it's a simple fix by fitting a new adjuster.
I fixed all my problems myself except the clutch change.
Rear wiper just needed the rear window adjusting.
Headlight washers just needed cleaning.
Rear springs were a simple job - just 3 bolts to undo, not including the wheel ones :-)
However due to the build quality it can sometimes take longer to fix things than on other cheaper simpler cars.
Check the plenum where the ECU sits for water; there is a drain plug, but it sometimes gets blocked.
Otherwise take one for a drive and you will want one. Just give it a chance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd April, 2017