Written on: 02/06/2004 by Clarkie26
There are a number of good points about the car, these include good road handling, good fuel efficiency, brill exterior styling, cheep running costs, sports seat, forgiving ride.
Continuous manufacturing faults, that do not get resolved by main dealers, Noisy engine, car is slightly too light (A bit loose on the road in high winds), non-user friendly stereo.
I purchased an MG ZR+ 120 back in November 2002 of which I was very excided. Unfortunately the excitement has reduced and I have finally resorted to purchasing a different car. As you will be able to see from a review I wrote a number of months ago, I was totally impressed with the vehicle even taking its faults into account.
My position has now changed, I may have been an unfortunate one off, but I will now no longer recommend another to purchase an MG ZR.
The car overall did meet all of my requirements, and is a lovely car to drive, its ability to stay stable with minimal body roll through corners, as well as a decent (But not excessive) 0-60, means I am not going to bash its merits as a car, but the number of faults the car had and the number of re-occurrences of these faults has totally put me of MG.
I could detail the faults I have experienced, but in short out of the 19 months I had the vehicle, it was with the main dealer for repair for 45 days, these included minor issues (Trim related) that were fixed on either the 1st or second attempt, but the other issues that "Computers" do not produce error codes on took ages to fix. I had one fault where a clonk noise happened when the car was moved forward/backward with the wheels on full lock, this took the garage 15 days straight to identify and resolve, as it goes it turned out to be a wheel bearing at fault and is now registered on the MG tech system, so others do not have the same issue.
The car overall is a lovely car, with good handling and brill looks, but be warned; if you can't live with faults not being fixed 1st time round, or 8th as the case was when I sold the car, do not buy an MG ZR.
Otherwise, for the money the ZR is a car well worth buying, but if you do expect problems.
P.S - 90% of the issue I had did not cause the vehicle to become unusable, because of this, I have give the "Reliability" a 5 star, if I was not to take this into account, it would only have received a 1 star.
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