2004 MG ZT Reviews

2004 MG ZT CDTi 135 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 75

Summary:

Excellent, well built car, my other car is a Caterham 7

Faults:

Front passenger door remote unlock stopped working this year (locking OK).

General Comments:

Lovely car to drive (feels like a BMW, which it is!).

Ideal for the South of France run.

Good performance, plenty of torque, handles well for a robust car.

Very reasonable to run, never needed oil between services, never had a job done on it since new.

Only complaint is tyre wear, I reckon 15-20000 miles, could be I should drive a bit slower.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2009

2004 MG ZT 260 SE (V8) 4.6L V8 from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carFiat Coupe

Summary:

Brilliantly different take on the British muscle car

Faults:

There are a small number of known faults with this model of the ZT and I have had two of them - failed heater hose resulting in loss of coolant, and separated fuel filter module which affects 75s and ZTs (and presumably some BMW's since this is a BMW part...). However all of these are easy to fix and also easy to prevent.

General Comments:

It's the best all round car I have ever owned, and more individual than the alternatives. The V8 was only made in small numbers, but despite this was completely re-engineered relative to the other ZTs with rear wheel drive and a 4.6L v8 engine normally found under the bonnet of a Ford Mustang.

The handling is sublime, lots of grip with progressive oversteer if you are really provoke it, which is satisfyingly easy to catch. You don't have to take my word for it, a certain Mr.J.Clarkson writes "It’s not a razor-sharp handler. Think of it as a destroyer rather than a speedboat, but in extremis, trust me on this, it’s very good."

Brakes (from AP Racing at the rear and BMW at the front) work very well and even blatting up and down Welsh mountains didn't provoke any fade.

The huge engine really is the heart of the car and dominates the experience with a throaty roar from start up and a satisfying growl when pressing on.

You feel the downside of this at the pumps, but it's not as bad as I at first feared, low 20s MPG better than my Fiat 2.0 turbo and similar to a friends RX-8.

260bhp sounds a lot, but this is a heavy car and it doesn't feel super quick. The specs say otherwise, but it's never felt as fast as my Fiat. There is lots of torque on tap and it is deceptive, there's no 'kick in the back' like a turbo or VTEC car, but a gradual build up of power from 2.5k to up to the 6k red line. The gearing is relatively long and it's easy to go faster than you intend!

The low-speed ride is a little harsh over speed bumps and the like, but otherwise this is a very comfy car with a fantastic HK hi-fi, TV, Sat-nav, heated seats, auto-dimming mirror, parking sensors and all manner of other toys.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is the price, since MGR went under it has become a performance car bargain, and with a Ford engine and the other major mechanical oddments from BMW, parts shouldn't be a problem.

It's a car with soul, and perfect if you favour unconventional choices.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2007

17th Aug 2008, 03:22

I've owned my MG ZT 260 for a year. It's quite the best car of the 30 or so I've owned over 25 years. A great car of a type we will not see again. Lots of soul. A pleasure to own.

Downside, it likes petrol.

2004 MG ZT 190+ 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carSeat Toledo

Summary:

One of the most accomplished sports saloons ever made

Faults:

Encountered problems with the boot release when the weather is cold, but other than that trouble free.

General Comments:

A superb car, comfortable and (very) fast - can be a bit thirsty.

Stunning looks complemented by plenty of grunt and terrific handling (for such a big car).

Tyres for the 18 inch rims can be expensive - shop around!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2006

24th Jun 2008, 17:41

I bought my MG ZT160+ a year ago with a lot of warnings ringing in my ears, but it's the best car I've ever owned. Looks great, sounds good and comes with plenty of toys without being tacky. It's a heavy car and won't be first away at the lights, it needs high revs to perform well and loves the motorway. The ride is firm, steering is precise, and it handles well for a big car.

What's gone wrong? Very little apart from fuel pump coming apart, resulting in complete shut down (confusing diagnostic computer - watch this!) It's hard on tyres, expensive with 18 inch rims - shop around. Also watch coolant levels.

One year on I'm still getting a kick out of the car, for the price I've got a lot of "bang for my buck"

2004 MG ZT SE 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

Classy car that knows how to let its hair down

Faults:

Minor problem with boot not releasing properly with key.

General Comments:

Generally, I have gone for big, comfy, automatic cars that are quiet and effortless to drive so this has been an interesting diversion.

It is a great fun to drive and a real 'drivers car'. I have sometimes taken it for a spin jut because I fancy being in it again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews