2003 MG ZT 190+ 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Very good - BUT READ UP ON THE CAR!
Major fault caused by water getting into the ABS unit \ wiring loom and causing serious corrosion, which took out the whole car at 31000. Garage quoted over £2k to do the work, I did it mainly myself for £700 though (yes I'm nuts).
Fuel pump came apart at 28000. Garage didn't put the seals on properly after screwing it back together and it dumped fuel all over the petrol station. They also charged me £220! Read up on this fault.
I had the upgraded suspension. The car was excellent in the main, everything seems well put together. Lovely to drive with a quality interior, decent stereo and nice looking too. Usually understeered when pushing it too hard so very predictable handling.
Now here's my word of caution, there is a lot of info out there detailing the common faults on this model. Read up on them and know them like the back of your hand!!! Get on the MG ZT forums and avoid the problems. Here's a few...
ECU gets drowned due to plenum chamber blocked (clear it!).
1.8's blow head gaskets - avoid at all costs.
Fuel pump comes in two, fit a screw into it to stop this happening.
ABS wire (sensors) come loose and rub on the wheels, make sure you're haven't come off.
VIS valves go causing tapping in the engine (replace).
Cam sensors go causing problems starting when the car is warm (replace).
Buy a Haynes manual
Main wiring loom attached to the ABS unit gets wet and the whole car is stuffed (all electronics are routed through this). Take the battery and cage out and have a look. AVOID upward firing car washes at ALL costs. Take it the loom off (use a screw driver to slide off the loom locking catch), don't just pull it upwards it won't work. Spray with De-ox and Pro-gold to prevent problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th November, 2007