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MG MGF (1995-02)

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Version

1996/P 1.8i

Author

Barry Croft

Overall Rating

4 stars

I searched carefully for a good one that had a new cambelt, head gasket and thermostat fitted. It suffers some poor build quality (leaking windows etc) but it looks and sounds lovely, the performance is great and it's cheap to run (38 mpg, cheap parts and servicing). Cheap fun!

Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

2 stars

Running Costs

5 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
 

Version

1.8i

Author

Christian

Overall Rating

4 stars

We bought 3 yrs ago and haven't had too many problems. The handling now drifts to the left slightly, otherwise it has been a very reliable and enjoyable car so far. Long journeys are not a problem as it is comfortable. Overall a good purchase!!

Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
 

Version

Trophy 160

Author

Darren O'Neill

Overall Rating

3 stars

Bought this car in July and so far has spent 3 weeks in repair shops. Can belt slip, 2 bent valves, cylinder head gasket gone and not the cars fault went down a pot hole and needed two new alloys and suspension parts!! Waiting to see hoe the reliability will be this year as love the car, handles well, back end slides nicely! Stereo sounds nice, quite nippy and very responsive engine. Just hope she holds up for the summer this year. Very good looking and looks so nice in the summer with the roof down. I hope she can hold up now as don't wanna spend any nore cash.

Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

2 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
 

Version

MGF VVC 1.8 Abingdon LE

Author

Dragontest

Overall Rating

5 stars

OK here is the history of my MGF and the cars in general... I bought the car (1998 model) as a total basket case with no MOT and as a non runner the car was left outside for over 18 months before I rescued it. I Fitted Poly bushes, new shocks, new tyres stainless steel under body pipes, track rod ends ball joints and front wishbones, serviced and re-gassed the suspension and fitted a new power coated front subframe, welded the n/s sill and painted sill, replacement second-hand bumper and both wings,9as they were cheap to buy) full engine service (head gasket replaced 10k ago) cam-belt and water pump changed and a used hardtop purchased. Because its a VVC Abingdon only 150 UK models were made out of the estimated 500 run, there are not many Abingdon VVC's left so this was well worth saving. Would I do the same again if I knew the work and money involved? Answer YES YES YES, the car puts a smile on your face like no other, it handles way above many more expensive cars, it's economical, easy to drive, parts are fairly cheap and easy to get hold of, these will be cars worth owning as early MGF's have reached rock bottom on the price so the only way is up...(newer ones still have to reach the bottom value's) If your handy with a spanner or know someone who can this is a must have car, with a hardtop it very usable in the winter months if you wish. MGF Abingdon VVC 145 bhp. 7,000 rpm. Zero to 60 in 7 seconds. MPG Urban 25.2 mpg Extra Urban 48.8 mpg Combined 36.6 mpg. Tyres fitted to the Abingdon 215/40 ZR16. Front suspension Double wishbones, inter-connected Hydragas units, shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. Rear suspension Double wishbones, brake reaction rods, Inter-connected Hydragas units, shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. The MGF is a fantastic car to own and drive that turns heads when driven, they require regular TLC but reward you if you do.

Star Ratings

Handling

5 stars

Comfort

5 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

5 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

5 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
 

Version

1.8 VVC

Author

G McKenna

Overall Rating

4 stars

I bought a 99/T car with 64k miles; fortunately the previous owner had just paid 1200 for head gasket, belt, pump etc. Had the vehicle 18 months and has been driven hard and has been 100% reliable. It handles superbly, tail-out on the limit is excellent, and outperforms MR2 and MX-5 (I've owned 1.8 versions of both).

Star Ratings

Handling

5 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

5 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

2 stars
 

Version

1.8i Freestyle SE

Author

James Tidman

Overall Rating

5 stars

For me this car ticks all the boxes. Excellent MPG and performance. Good leather upholstery and interior finish. Good roadholding but have not driven her in winter conditions yet and have heard Fs can be a bit of a handful in snow and ice. Boot area is surprisingly spacious. There is a lot of crap spoken about the supposed fragility of the head gasket but with a bit of common sense this can be as safe as any other. Advise you fit a low coolant level alarm (around 90), stainless steel coolant pipes that run beneath the car, and keep the revs below 3000 until oil temperature gauge shows at least 60 degrees. Great fun to drive and looks a hell of a lot of car for the money.

Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

5 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

5 stars

Running Costs

5 stars

Value for Money

5 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
 

Version

1.8i

Author

Karen Gordon

Overall Rating

2 stars

Sadly, after looking for over a year for what I thought was a 'mint condition' little MGF, I've had nothing but mechanical trouble with mine. It's a Y reg on 23,000 miles; I bought it at 18,000 miles, so have barely had any enjoyment out of it. I've researched the problems on the net and see that they're plagued with problems, particularly the K-series engine. Coolant leaks and head gasket failure are renowned in MGFs; and from what I understand, the newer TFs are no better! Every other person I speak to with one has encountered issues! I've had mine for 18 months and have spent just over 1600 on its various problems. Sadly I've lost all faith in the car and will be parting with it shortly. My advice to ANYONE thinking of snapping up one of these bargain cars is to thoroughly check all that you can. It's such a shame.

Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

0 stars

Performance

2 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

0 stars

Value for Money

0 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

2 stars
 

Version

1.8 VVC

Author

Louis Jones

Overall Rating

4 stars

The Rover MGF 1.8 VVC is the top end model of the early MGF's and with stats like 0-60 in 7.0s seconds and a top speed of 130mph its not to be underestimated. If you are looking for a bargain you will find one yet there are reasons for this. The head gasket will inevitable go if it hasn't already and models from 95 - 98 are not of the best build quality. Yet on the other hand this car has aged well and you will find a lot of MG's that have just been used as summer cars by a middle aged man who roll it out of the garage for a polishes and will only go for a spin on a weekend if dry and it didn?t rain the night before. Holding an insurance group of 14 you would expect a heavy penny price tag, but it isn't that bad.

Star Ratings

Handling

5 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

2 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

2 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

1 stars
 

Version

1.8 Steptronic

Author

M. Jackson

Overall Rating

4 stars

Bought a 2000 'X' two years ago with only 16000 miles. Had it rustproofed and added a wind breaker. Cost me 130 for full service. Cheap motoring, great fun.

Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

2 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
 

Version

1.8 VVC

Author

R HILLMAN

Overall Rating

3 stars

If you are after a sports car for a couple of summers then look elsewhere. The MGF is an enthusiasts car and needs TLC. They are rewarding cars to own and drive, but you need to take time to find a good one. Fuel consumption is good and often overlooked. They are characterful little cars and offer much fun for little money. The club scene is strong, so there is plenty of good advice around when needed.

Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

2 stars