Thinking of getting a MG ZR 1.4 (2000-2004)

Watch
War
Badges: 1
#1
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#1
Ideas?
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!
0
reply
Flav
Badges: 9
Rep:
?
#2
Report 10 years ago
#2
not a bad car however ...

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
0
reply
motorsportUK
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#3
Report 10 years ago
#3
They are ok cars I know someone with a rover 25 and they made it inot a MG ZR replica as they are expensive to insure.

Anything made by rover is prone to head gasket failure!
0
reply
War
Badges: 1
#4
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#4
lol cheers for the replies.
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?
0
reply
ashyyy
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#5
Report 10 years ago
#5
ANY MG ZR you look at ask about when its head gasket was last done or any history of failures, they are VERY prone to it and cost an absolute bomb to fix (400+). If it was done in the last 6 months thats fine and you should be ok, if it has never been done and is 40k miles plus be very very careful! My head gasket failed at 31k miles on a 2005 ZR and cost me 600 quid to fix. Otherwise they are nice cars have little annoying faults but other than the head gasket problems, very good cars.
0
reply
jjdcfc
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#6
Report 10 years ago
#6
They are insurance group 9 which is high for a 1.4 hatchback.

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.
0
reply
dhr90
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#7
Report 10 years ago
#7
Expect insurance rape as has already been said, I had a quote of nearly £2k a year or 2 ago on one of them

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.
0
reply
mr_cool
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#8
Report 10 years ago
#8
K series engine and head gasket failure all too common, although there is a modified HG kit out.
0
reply
pumpkin7
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#9
Report 10 years ago
#9
i like the rover 25s / mg zrs. i enjoy driving them.

just not when you're doing 70 down the motorway and the headgasket suddently goes, flooding the carriageway with lots of thick blue smoke.
0
reply
jaw
Badges: 3
Rep:
?
#10
Report 10 years ago
#10
parts for the rovers and mg arent expensive, they're well supported.

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..
0
reply
Né Stig
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#11
Report 10 years ago
#11
The Head Gasket is obviously still a major concern, especially since most ZR drivers with K series engine carry around some Steal Seal with them in their boot. Even their forum inform everyone that's a wise choice!

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.
0
reply
War
Badges: 1
#12
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#12
Hm, so, it seems that the Head Gasket failure is pretty common and the best way to get around it is to replace it with a Land Rover HG?
You say theres a modified HG kit out? What you mean?

What's the VVC?
0
reply
tomc87
Badges: 1
Rep:
?
#13
Report 10 years ago
#13
(Original post by War)

What's the VVC?
The top of the range engine, has around 160bhp so insurance will be high.

There is a mid-range 1.8, I think that has around 120bhp.
0
reply
User257034
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#14
Report 10 years ago
#14
£2k!

my qoute on a 1.4 car in my first year was £1l, 94bhp insurance group 8
0
reply
War
Badges: 1
#15
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#15
Yea, well I live in a pretty ghetto area of London LOL Checked and I was 2 postcodes away from the most expensive post code in london!
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?
0
reply
jjdcfc
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#16
Report 10 years ago
#16
A Seat Leon 1.6 wouldn't be a bad bet. Group 6 so reasonable to insure, with 105bhp.
0
reply
War
Badges: 1
#17
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#17
What Seat Leon?
0
reply
jjdcfc
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#18
Report 10 years ago
#18
(Original post by War)
What Seat Leon?
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...easc&logcode=p

Something like that...

Or maybe a VW Golf...
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...easc&logcode=p
0
reply
War
Badges: 1
#19
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#19
Well, I've already thought about a Golf and insurance is a bit much for them. They're higher than a 1.4 mg zr for some reason...
and dont fancy a seat too much
0
reply
motorsportUK
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#20
Report 10 years ago
#20
There is a modified head gasket kit out which is stronger than the original.

If you want other recommendations try looking at golf's, astra's , focus maybe even a puma.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Should there be a new university admissions system that ditches predicted grades?

No, I think predicted grades should still be used to make offers (700)
33.9%
Yes, I like the idea of applying to uni after I received my grades (PQA) (881)
42.66%
Yes, I like the idea of receiving offers only after I receive my grades (PQO) (392)
18.98%
I think there is a better option than the ones suggested (let us know in the thread!) (92)
4.46%

Watched Threads

View All
Latest
My Feed