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★★★★☆

“A cheap but fun car”

Written on: 03/11/2012 by beanbert (1 review written)

When I first bought my ZR 160 I must admit the odd dash rattle did bother me but as soon as I got the car out on a country lane & put the foot down I had a smile on my face. The build quality is the main downside but how much fun it is makes that problem disappear.. Also now & again I was getting like 37mpg average with a combination of town & bypass/motorway driving which is pretty good to say the MG is rather nippy. Mine is lowered 30mm on PI springs & although it's abit of a firmer ride it… Read Full Review

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“mg zr 160vvc”

Written on: 15/03/2012 by chelseablue96 (1 review written)

Ive just bought a 160vvc from owning a Honda. I must admit mines got a new exhaust on it, apoolo induction kit, uprated cams and remapped by remap science and it sounds mental when you put your foot down it can roar, it really can. 0-60 in 5.8 seconds which beat the Honda hands down. In trophy blue with red brmbo calipers and white powder coated straight 17" alloys.Build quality is poor though put together with double sided sellotape, always something falling off or rattling. The suspension is… Read Full Review

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“great car, great power for its money. It beats its...”

Written on: 11/01/2011 by chazclark (10 reviews written)

great car, great power for its money. It beats its rivals hands down such as the 2 litre st fiesta. As for people who say its faster than the type r, have a read up and you will find out that type rs are very poor track cars as they have poor torque levels, in a straight dual carriageway run the type r would win, also the clio sport is quicker and just as cheap… Read Full Review

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Andyap's Response to chazclark's Review

Written on: 22/11/2012

Power is used more than torque on a race track, conversely torque is used more than power on the road. hence why track cars are tuned for high power output at high revs and rally cars are tuned for high torque in lower speed corners and acceleration. On a race track you want to have minimal deceleration and maximum acceleration as the aim is to keep speed consistently high. But on the road this isn't usually possible. So you'll find that type r's are actually more suited to the track than the road.

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★★★★☆

“i hava a mg zr 160 i think they are ok but shame about...”

Written on: 30/12/2010

i hava a mg zr 160 i think they are ok but shame about the lack of tration just get a lot of wheel spin . also head is on its way out and insurance groupe 17 i think is abit high but i think its a grate car and good for the money… Read Full Review

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“xpower gray is the best one to go for with the wheel's...”

Written on: 13/02/2009 by dave hillery (1 review written)

xpower gray is the best one to go for with the wheel's gloss black. fun to drive fast for a 1.8 non turbo, i had a race with a 220 turbo an he couldnt get past me. thay sould have made the mg zr 160 with 2.0 turbo's that would have bin more fun… Read Full Review

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“Engine is really weak. I had my MG ZR 160 VVC with 54...”

Written on: 04/12/2008 by mgzr160 (1 review written)

Engine is really weak. I had my MG ZR 160 VVC with 54 plate with only 28,000 on the clock and the engine oil leaked out and the engine completely packed up no warning lights came on because the sensors are faulty. Took car to garage and I was shocked when they said I need a completely new engine rebuild. The conrod went through the side of the block and it would cost me £2,800 to get a new recondishioned engine. Also had a leak through the roof and the electric windows messed up. Engine is… Read Full Review

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Zsowner's Response to 422844_mgzr160's Review

Written on: 23/11/2010

dont think this review is very helpfull may be the warning lights didnt work on your car but thats no excuse for not checking the oil levels once a week could of saved a lot of money by doing so as engines dont just fail for no reason, poor maintenace is usually the problem i should no i used to be a mechanic and have seen cars in some terrible states as owners just don't care and rely on warning lights to tell them somethings wrong
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<br/>the K series engine fitted in the ZR 160 and all its other sizes if well looked after is a very good engine but it requires weekly oil and water level checks and any problems must be sorted immediatly

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Chelseablue96's Response to 422844_mgzr160's Review

Written on: 14/02/2013

This guy is crazy! spent 9k on a car!. Engines for the K series can be found in loads of cars. MG F,TF,Lotus Elise, and all MG ZR models and theres plenty on ebay for around 200.

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“I owned one for two years & had to part with it for...”

Written on: 04/11/2008 by janebowtell (1 review written)

I owned one for two years & had to part with it for financial reason. It is the only car I have owned which I desperately missed & am considering buying another!… Read Full Review

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“Selling mine after just 6 weeks ownership! Replaced...”

Written on: 30/05/2008

Selling mine after just 6 weeks ownership! Replaced with older Mk 4 Golf Gti. Not as quick but way better all round with far less hassle. I have owned many performance hatches and the MG unfortunately comes near the bottom of the pile! Even my old Citroen Saxo VTR was better!… Read Full Review

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Chelseablue96's Comment

Written on: 06/08/2012

Ive owned both a VTR & VTS and built quality was very poor. Citroens go through drive shafts like toffee and front tyres. I have the ZR 160VVC now and its still on original drive shafts and i love to drive it, it makes me smile everytime. Type R,Seat Leon FR bring em all on they are nothing. Ive had my baby remapped and got Apollo Induction Kit and Scorpion straight through exhaust on. I thinks its pushing about 185bhp but havny checked on rolling road. Was thinking of buying a Clio 182 but ive raced one and they are slow! so il be keeping the 160 for now until i writie it off.

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★★★★☆

“I purchased an 04 MG ZR 160 8 months ago and so far...”

Written on: 05/05/2008 by jam3310 (1 review written)

I purchased an 04 MG ZR 160 8 months ago and so far its been my best car to date. The throaty exhaust is backed up with excellent acceleration off the line. Hitting 6000rpm in 2nd will have you at 70 before dropping to 4000rpm in 3rd, incredibly useful for those country roads and boring motorway journeys. City/town driving is suprisingly comfortable for the sporty supension which certainly comes in handy when you get out on the open road. The 0-60 is incredibly impressive and cornering is nice… Read Full Review

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“When I first saw the car I instantly fell in love with...”

Written on: 15/03/2008 by leeroy (1 review written)

When I first saw the car I instantly fell in love with it, although slightly dated now the appearance is appealling. The car handles well but the suspension is very stiff so if you want a comfortable ride this car isn ' t for you, also because of the stiff suspension there a few rattles in the cab but nothing major. Fuel consumption is acceptable but I would not consider this car economical, also the insurance group for this car is 17 so it ' s pricey on insurance, but that could be due to me… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to leeroy's Review

Written on: 21/07/2011

Ive just bought a 160vvc from owning a Honda. I must admit mines got a new exhaust on it and it sounds mental when you put your foot down it can roar, it really can. 0-60 in 5.8 seconds which beat the Honda hands down. Build quality is poor though put together with double sided sellotape, always something falling off or rattling. The suspension is poor also, you can feel every single bump whereas the Honda was very smooth. Them japs can build good quality cars but the MG's 160vvc is a fast mother!.

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★★★★★

“I've had my mg zr 160 about 10 months now and as soon...”

Written on: 05/03/2008 by tommo 21 (1 review written)

I've had my mg zr 160 about 10 months now and as soon as I first drove it on my test drive i knew i had 2 hav it.4 starters it is very quick it will thrash most hot hatches at the lights(type r etc) I even gave a porshe boxster a run 4 its money.ive had mine at 140mph b4 and it sounded and felt awesome. Even at speed in 5th it pulls. The handling is very responsive and stable 4 all them tight bends and twisty roads etc. It is also very spacious inside and will fit most things + has a good size… Read Full Review

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“The car is one of the best cars that I have. Its fast...”

Written on: 29/02/2008 by danmgzr160croft (1 review written)

The car is one of the best cars that I have. Its fast off the mark and handles like a dream. with 160 bhp in a light weight car its amazing. This is a very good car to have but with it being group 17 on insurance that might be a bit pricey for a new driver… Read Full Review

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“I bought my MG ZR 160 vvc about a year ago and it...”

Written on: 07/02/2008

I bought my MG ZR 160 vvc about a year ago and it handles very well. I've made a couple of modifications and I think it's one of the best hatches out there! It's definitely better than the Corsa and new Astra, as for the type r's, they are nice cars, but the zr is generally more atractive (especially in trophy blue!) and as for the performance aspect against the civic type-r, fifth gear tested them both out and even got 2 racing drivers to review and race them, and the ZR came out on top! If… Read Full Review

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“I had a MG ZR vvc 160 in x power grey for 5 week and...”

Written on: 30/01/2008

I had a MG ZR vvc 160 in x power grey for 5 week and sold it, the car was rubbish and unreliable, its far to light on the front end so you get a lot of wheelspin, there is alot of road noise and are prone to the headgasket and camseal leaking due to the weak Rover engine. I now have a Honda Civic Type R and will never look back and it only cost me an extra £1500 with 51k fhsh, all I will say is take a good look around and see wot else you can buy for your money before buying any MG, they might… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The look of the car is what attracted me in the first...”

Written on: 12/01/2008

The look of the car is what attracted me in the first place. Having never owned a British car before I was rather dubious. However it's a fun car to drive. The day before I was going on holiday, I was involved in a side impact accident which damaged the suspension and pushed the wheel out of alignment. The impact barely moved the car which surprised me because I have been told they are unstable in accidents. My favourite driving is along country roads… Read Full Review

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“The standard tyres and suspension give good road grip....”

Written on: 06/01/2008 by rago121121 (1 review written)

The standard tyres and suspension give good road grip. 0-60 happens in 7.4s, 1st takes you up to 40 mph with ease, 2nd hits 70 mph.

That much power coming out of a 1.8 litre without a turbo is something to shout about.

I bought mine in 08/07 on a 05 plate. It runs well with no problems, juicy when you put your foot down. Over all, I think that the MG ZR 160 is a good buy,I am very happy!… Read Full Review

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“When I told my dad I was buying an MG ZR he wasn't...”

Written on: 13/11/2007 by wild buck (1 review written)

When I told my dad I was buying an MG ZR he wasn't short of bad things to say about it,but when I took him out in it he soon changed his mind,most people say bad things about these cars until they drive one, mine being the 160 its very fast, handles excellent and sounds awesome! Its not so good on fuel though and me being only 19 the insurance is expensive but the car itself cost £4695 which is good for what you get.
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“Loved this car since the day I picked it up even if it...”

Written on: 27/09/2007 by sammyzr (1 review written)

Loved this car since the day I picked it up even if it has spent a couple of trips on a break down truck! Fun, playful, great handling hot hatch… Read Full Review

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“This MG ZR 160 is all round general fun and reliable...”

Written on: 19/07/2007 by yasmincallum (1 review written)

This MG ZR 160 is all round general fun and reliable car for all the family. Would recommend anyone to buy one. Quick, reliable, economical, head turner, fun to drive but also very practical for a family car. Engine slightly noisy, build quality OK… Read Full Review

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“We got our pearl black MG ZR 160 three weeks ago and I...”

Written on: 13/09/2006 by zedsdeadbaby (2 reviews written)

We got our pearl black MG ZR 160 three weeks ago and I think it is just brilliant! Ok, the panel fit isn't the best (it hasn't been dinged though) and the interior rattles away as the tight suspension finds every hole in the road, but it takes me back to mkI Golf GTi hot hatch days. It has a rawness about which I love, a nice tappy engine sound and deep exhaust which howls when you get it up past 4000rpm. It torque steers under hard acceleration but doesn't tramline & feels like it's set up… Read Full Review

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