2003 MG ZT Reviews

2003 MG ZT CDTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Brilliant, a lot of car for your money, a must buy!!!

Faults:

A couple of small problems with the car, but nothing major.

Airbag warning light appears after a recent visit to the garage (plug under drivers seat was loose its all sorted now).

Also a blocked air intake, which caused a slight oil leak - repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

After moving over to the MG ZT from a Honda Accord Auto, I must admit I love my MG. Everything is fantastic; it's comfortable, good looking, easy to work on and the handling is just amazing!! Haven't regretted getting the car at all.

WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2010

2003 MG ZT + 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A big comfy quick cruiser

Faults:

Seatbelt/Airbag light came on, however this is a common fault on BMW/RoverMG, and sorted in a minute. Disconnect, clean contacts, refit.

Independent dealer/last owner hadn't fitted the fuel seal right, so when I came to fill it up for the first time, it dropped about a gallon out. Dealer paid for the lost fuel and to refit the seal.

Now the two main problems, I wouldn't class the first two as big problems. The second was a pain, especially as it was on day one, but more down to sloppy maintenance. The second was sorted very quickly.

It has developed an oil leak from the bottom end somewhere.

The second one is a known one with fuel filter; the top half rotates slightly over time and restricts the fuel flow on start up, sorted with a £2 clip.

General Comments:

A good car overall. It's clearly not cheap to run, as it had a higher sale price when new than a lot of similar used cars for the same money. BMW didn't turn much of a profit on each one.

Price of servicing using specialists is very cheap. However anything over and above this is pricey, eg £700 for a new clutch. A new water pump, tensioner, cam belt and coolant change is £600-900. This is a 60000/6yrs item. Tyres are pricey as well at £260 for 2 good tyres.

All that makes it sound like a bad car to avoid; it's not, it's a good car. A lot of the pricey stuff can be used in the haggling, so you can negate the big ticket items off the price.

Fuel wise not too bad; 30 mpg on a long run. Low 20's round town. The diesel is very good at 550-600 per tank.

Very nice interior, no squeaks or rattles, and it has a nice layout. Mine has radio/CD controls on the wheel, which are nice and easy to use.

Very little glovebox space, as the 6 disc is in there. To make up for that, there is a space under the drivers armrest. Plus the door pockets are big and you can get plenty in.

Leather seats come as standard. Good enough, not too many problems, took me a while to get comfy, but that might have been me.

Speed wise it's easy to overtake, not as good I've noticed than a lot of brand new diesels. But then they are brand new and the KV6 engine is around over 15 years old, so it's no real surprise. The difference isn't massive; they aren't going to fly away from you, but equally they will slowly pull away from you. On the plus side, the exhaust note is great, and the engine loves being revved hard. If you want to be blasting all sorts of cars away, then this isn't the car for you. Buy the V8 instead!

Handling wise, a bit above average, not pin sharp like a lot of Fords, but this car does weigh 1.5 tons, but it's fine unless you have a thing for track days.

No big second hand car is cheap to run. Get a duff one and you can be splashing out cash all over the place, this is no different to £3k BMWs/Mercs. But they are a nice car to drive; you can just waft about.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th October, 2009

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews