Thinking of getting a MG ZR 1.4 (2000-2004)Watch
This will be my first car.
Common faults? things to look out for?
Did some research and it was produced while MG was under ownership of the MG-Rover group.
This mean anything to anyone?
Thanks in advance!
1. May be rather expensive to find parts for if anything goes wrong
2. i Think its pretty high up in the insurance brackets due to it being classed as a 'Sporty Car' and 1.4 being a large-ish engine for a first car
saying that my first car was and still is a 1.6
Anything made by rover is prone to head gasket failure!
Well, I've got myself as a named driver under my mum since I'm not really going to be driving it all that often and it's not too expensive... Being quoted around £2200.00 which is cheaper than a 1.4 VW polo.
Well, when you think about it.. 1.4 is small lol
Head Gaskets are pretty pricey to replace. Would want to replace it with a better head gasket, know if this is possible?
For example, a Ford Focus the same age with a 1.8 engine is marginally quicker and only insurance group 7.
Or a 97-04 VW Golf 1.6 is group 6.
The latter may be more expensive, but both alternatives will be similar in terms of pace, cheaper to insure and easier to locate parts for.
Check the history for the car for head gasket problems, if there has been find out what model it was replaced with and search the net for it. My dad has a Rover 75 (last shape, bought about a month or 2 before they went under) and that head gasket went on that (thank you whichever external company help the warrenty!) the new one is made out of different materials and has since been fine.
Finding parts hasn't been difficult as we found a workshop that specialises in servicing/fixing MG & Rover vehicles at reasonable prices.
Get it checked out properly. I wanted one of these too, won't happen though.
Search the net for reviews of the car, especially second hand ones and what they are like to live with etc.
just not when you're doing 70 down the motorway and the headgasket suddently goes, flooding the carriageway with lots of thick blue smoke.
Headgasket failure is not necesarily inevitable for reasons that have been covered on here plenty of times.. I've had 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 K series engines with 30K 110K 15K 80K and 75K all on their original gaskets.
The uprated kit is a Land Rover gasket which people tend to go for if they need to do a replacement job. Expect a gasket change to cost circa £300 (some will do it for £200 or so). Well maintained and looked after, the head gasket 'issue' isn't quite as severe as most will make out..
The actual failure in itself is no biggy, apart from the cost of repair, but it's mainly ensuring the repair is done correctly.
I wouldn't touch the 1.4 with a barge pole. I know it's dearer, but the VVC is the one to go for, with a better engine and better fuel economy to match for a 'performance' hatchback.
You say theres a modified HG kit out? What you mean?
What's the VVC?
What's the VVC?
There is a mid-range 1.8, I think that has around 120bhp.
my qoute on a 1.4 car in my first year was £1l, 94bhp insurance group 8
Well, don't think I can afford a VVC. Ill stick with some steel seal and change it to a range rover HG if I get it.
So would you guys say that its worth me getting a MG ZR or should I have a look around for something different? Maybe a Polo mk5? (Although I do think they're slightly girly) Any other ideas? Merc A class?
What Seat Leon?
Something like that...
Or maybe a VW Golf...
and dont fancy a seat too much
If you want other recommendations try looking at golf's, astra's , focus maybe even a puma.