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Old 09-Jun-2015, 22:40   #1
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MG ZT-T 190

Ive been looking at sacking off my old MG ZR for a while now. Its a great car but its ultimately just too small for my needs these days. Despite being 11 years old, Ive only put 34k on the clock (always worked near home. Been very lucky in that respect) and its in excellent nick, but Ive just had to do a big repair job on it: head gasket & alternator amongst other things. Cost me upwards of 600.

Thats all besides the point though. Whilst I was at the garage waiting for my bill, I noticed a MG ZT-T with a for sale sign in the window listing it at 995. I had a good look around it and it seems to be in fantastic nick, both inside and out. It obviously has a few bumps and scratches, but its otherwise great for its age. Its a 52 plate, has 83k on the clock and has had new plugs and water pump, among others. The one big downside is that it has NO service history, but I would probably keep it until its off the road for good anyway. Been told I can walk away with it for 900. Insurance is about 120 a year more than Im paying now and road tax is about 100 more per year.

I didnt get a great picture of it, but this is what it looks like:



So the question is... worth it, or not?
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Old 09-Jun-2015, 22:45   #2
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Oh, its a 2.5 liter V6 petrol engine. Emissions are high, but mpg is roughly the same as what Im driving now surprisingly enough.
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Old 09-Jun-2015, 23:05   #3
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stick with the current alloys, don't go for the wooden option
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I think they have two fuel pumps, one on the tank and one under the bonnet. Check you can hear both working, if one seems particularly loud then the other one has probably failed - common issue.

If it's a V6 there's a good chance it'll last longer than a 4 cylinder as the engine doesn't have to work as hard to produce the same level of power.

It's less than average miles for that age so that's in your favour. What do they go for on autotrader? If it turns out to be a lemon is there a chance you could get your money back by flopping it on?

It's a BMW really so if it drives alright and sounds alright and isn't two cars welded together it should be good machine.
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Old 10-Jun-2015, 12:29   #5
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Cheers for that Burundi. I'll probably have to get an HPI check done. I've heard the engine running and it sounds fine (started ok too) although I didn't have a close up look or listen. I'm fairly invested in the idea now.
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Hpi check came up clean. I may just take the plunge here.
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Oh and I doubt I could get my money back. It's a garage rather than a dealership, but the guy specialises in MGs and "do whatever I can to keep them on the road."

I've checked and can get a low cost loan that will cover the cost of the car and some fairly extensive repairs should it need em.
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Bought

Its a great drive. Quiet (but with a GREAT engine and exhaust note if you cane it), comfortable and in excellent nick for its age. Oh and remember I said it had NO service history? He found it. All of it. So from zero to FSH

I pick it up on Thursday because Ive asked him to fit new brake discs. Now got to find a new bluetooth head unit!
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900 you can't complain, get a year or two out of it and it's done it's job

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If you are just getting new head unit for the phone integration I've got a parrot kit if you're interested?
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Nah its for playing music off my phone. Gonna get a couple of uprated speakers too,
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Holy fuck its quick O.o

I mean obviously 0-60 isnt great because of the weight of the car.... but it has so much fucking power. Sounds great, handles great, feels great and comfortable to boot. Best 900 ever spent
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I've driven the mid size Z model with a V6 in it and that was good fun, I presume it's the same engine in yours.
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Aye same engine, although its tweaked a bit in the ZT-T for extra power (About 15 BHP more)
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.... aaaaaaaand first breakdown

Engine completely cut out on the motorway. No coughing, spluttering or warnings from the engine at all. Just cut out and wouldnt restart. Im thankful the weather was so good today because I got a bit of a tan on the hard shoulder.

Its apparently very minor (Crank shaft sensor. About 20) and the guy that sold it to me has already agreed to do it for free. The problem was that it broke down 70 miles from home. Had to get the AA out and they told me they were going to have to tow it. Just as I was about to fork over the money, the car started again and I managed to get it all the way home.
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Get yourself a little bluetooth OBDII scanner (10) and download the App (free to read codes). It comes in handy for things like this - even if you just use it to confirm it's only the crank shaft sensor. Bargain price for that car though!
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Thats a good shout. 8 on Amazon. Purchased.
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