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    I know a couple of people had one of these prior to their vec's.

    Was just wondering what peoples thoughts were on them, especially those who've had one....

    Also where would I stand with parts / services etc.

    Looking at a 1.8 160+ (can't afford anything higher), personally think they gorgeous, and that interior - luxurious is the word that springs to mind...

    Thanks in advance - Jon


    p.s. No comments RE "its a Rover" thanks....

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    Well, I had one and it was fantastic. One of the best handling front wheel drive cars I driven (and I've driven a lot!!) Try to get one with the optional leather/alcantara seats, they're super comfy/supportive.

    Never let me down and excellent build quality. Not a single squeak or rattle. The only reason I changed it was that I needed a hatchback with better boot access.

    I had a 2.5 V6 160+. If looked after, the 1.8s are fine but there would always be that little nagging doubt re head gasket worries. The problem was largely solved by the time it was put in the ZT though. Just keep a regular eye on coolant levels and you should be fine.

    When I see them on the roads, I still let out a little sigh thinking how much I miss it.

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    An ex-colleague has a 2.0 CDTi MG ZT, it's a 53 reg and to be honest, a part from a few early niggles, it has been very reliable.

    I don't like the 75, but the MG is a very very good car. It is built on a BMW 5 Series floor pan. Take a look under every 75/MG ZT and they all have a transmission tunnel as per BMW 5 series.

    This is why the 4.6 ZT V8 was easy to build, the shell was already set up for RWD.

    Although the press said at the time the shell had to be re-engineered, I used to work/supply MG Rover through my job, and the development guys said it was a pretty easy task using pretty much all 5 series running gear matedup to a Mustang V8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCB
    I know a couple of people had one of these prior to their vec's.

    Was just wondering what peoples thoughts were on them, especially those who've had one....

    Also where would I stand with parts / services etc.

    Looking at a 1.8 160+ (can't afford anything higher), personally think they gorgeous, and that interior - luxurious is the word that springs to mind...

    Thanks in advance - Jon


    p.s. No comments RE "its a Rover" thanks....
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    My dad, who has a 220d and a 75 2.0CDT has said that certain small parts and trim are becoming hard to source, I think it was some internal swtichgear and wiring loom that he was struggling with. He has always had Rovers (at least 2 at a time for the last few years) and has only made that comment in the last 2 to 3 months.

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    I agree with you matey, they are gorgeous cars, but I'd be worried about parts/servicing/warranty etc. I'd like to believe that there must be specialist companies out there who will look after these cars.

    Worth a look, defo.

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    I like the ZT's.

    I was even considering a 4.6 V8 260 model before MGR wnet belly up.

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    T had one in trophy blue - hence the name! It was an excellent motor 187BHP at the flywheel (unfettled) half leather with very comfy sports seats. The ride was great (better I think than my signum elite - however I intend to change this )

    certain parts were not a problem although throughout the MG range there are shortages, bumpers wings and sunroof to name a few. I would have another.

    I only changed it because my wife got a dog while I was in Iraq so with 2 kids and a small dog the signum is ideal. The only problem with it is I'm a victorian dad, so no drinks or food in the car and "don't scratch the ****ing leather"

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