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MG MGF Convertible 1995‑2002
57 owner reviews for MG MGF Convertible 1995‑2002
MGF Abingdon 1.8 VVC
MG MGF 1.8i Abingdon 2dr (Review date: 2nd April '14)
I bought my car unseen, not what you should do I agree, however its a MGF Abingdon VVC and only 150 out of a production run of approx 500 cars were made of this limited edition vehicle.
The car had stood unloved in the rain and cold for two years after the previous owner gave up with the car after a MOT failure, I guess thinking it was beyond saving.
I fitted a new front ######## that I had power coated, a set of stainless steel under-body coolant pipes. A few ball joints, a full Poly Bush kit to improve the ride, I haves also fitted a full set of shocks and had the suspension re-gassed, the vehicle sits right and handles fantastic. The head gasket has been replaced and a new water pump fitted plus a few other bits that needed doing.
For the MOT it required a headlight bulb and a new Cat... so I have worked hard to restore a great car, and a future classic, if you get chance to buy an Abingdon I would without a second thought...
The parts are easy to find either new or second-hand, the car is a drivers car and on A roads it rules, flat out it keeps its head up very well especially considering its now 17 years old, the Mk1 MGF is a good buy and its fun fun fun.
Buy one and put a smile on your face...
Be ready to work on it and spend a bit of cash, but you will be glad you did. Most small garages will work on the MGF if you can't or don't want to, and there are of course specilist mobile mechanics out there who will come to you.
MG MGF 1.8i VVC 2dr (Review date: 8th March '14)
One of the last of the British cars still on the road the MGF is no hairdressers vehicle. The VVC version has some real grunt to it and makes for a classy modern classic, why do people talk about them? Jealousy! If you want a modern classic rag top this is it, grab one while they are still cheap, get the head gasket upgraded and fit an induction kit and stainless under pipes. Service it regularly and you have a practical little roadster that will turn heads for decades to come. If you want refined motoring get a loan and go see your BMW dealer. These are for those that want MG fun! If you don't know your MG's then don't comment!
SORRY TO LET HER GO!
MG MGF 1.8i VVC 2dr (Review date: 2nd July '13)
A CONSTANT FRIEND SINCE THE SUMMER OF 1997, THIS CAR HAS PROVIDED MUCH PLEASURE PARTICULARILY TOURING THE BACK LANES IN FRANCE, BUT AS I GET OLD WITH SERIOUS HEALTH WORRIES A PARTING OF THE WAYS IS INEVITABLE.
SHE IS NICELY FITTED OUT WITH MANY EXTRAS BUT HAS NOT BEEN PERFORMANCE ENHANCED.
-ALWAY STARTS ON THE BUTTON AND ALWAYS GARAGED WITH LITTLE WINTER USE, THE PAINTWORK REFLECTS THIS.
Every MGF needs TLC
MG MGF 1.8i VVC 2dr (Review date: 1st July '13)
I bought my VVC MGF in the dark days of winter. Having owned an MGF before, I knew them well, although I hadn't done a lot of work on them until now. They are very fun cars (still !) plenty of power in the small frame. The car I bought had a few running issues to start with and the clutch slave cylinder failed within a few miles home - but hey it got me home !. The idle control valve needed cleaning - inside and out ! to overcome a idle speed problem. The throttle position sensor needed changing, various wiring problems due to poor ownership before me. When they are running right, the MGF are really good fun and still "involve" you when driving - OK, if you listen to the Jeremy Clarkson's of this world, and those who are not prepared to fix it themselves you would steer clear of an MGF and then have something boring and characterless and pay a "man" to fix it if i went wrong. The MGFs are vehicles which require TLC, give them that and they will reward you handsomely. They are not that complicated compared to today's standards, they are essentially an MG Rover car with the engine at the back and covered over by an access panel. From my experience if you buy one, I would make sure that the previous owner kept it up together, either themselves or at a reputable garage. Although the renowned head gasket failure is still there, the modern replacement gaskets overcome the early issues, just make sure you check the engine water level weekly. Find a good one under £1000 and it will bring back that English grin factor on a sunny day - a British sports car !.
Fun for the Summer
MG MGF 1.8i 2dr (Review date: 28th April '13)
Nice little summer run around, but don't expect it to be your allyear round workhorse if you're doing 20k miles or something.
Naturally, not much room with only two seats and a medium sized boot. The cab itself is fine, we're both 6ft tall and weren't cramped up too much in it. It's a lot of fun to drive, even if that tail end can be a little sketchy if you push it too hard.
The build quality and reliability however, are it's downfall. Pieces of engineering like this are why nothing's built in this country anymore. I'm sure you've all heard about head gaskets (of which ours went less than a week after buying the car) but there's a host of other problems too. That service history has never been so important.
Even though this car was a pain, I look at it's cute little features and remember blasting it around in the sun with the top down, and all is forgiven.
MGF. Unbelivable value for a fast exciting wind in the hair experience
MG MGF 1.8i VVC 2dr (Review date: 3rd April '13)
The MGF although out of production for 10 years still offers one of the best experiences in open top motoring. With a mid engine configuration, the availability of variable valve timing and the cars ability to follow the road as if on rails it is a joy to drive. Good examples can be obtained for less than £1000 an amazing price for such a fun packed car. The trim level is excellent, the cream leather interior is particularly attractive. There is a big colour range, Nightfire red is spectacular when highly polished, its pearlescent nature sparkles under bright sun light. The car is expensive to tax and the economy suffers if driven hard. Average mixed cycle consumption is 35 mpg. This can drop to 20 mpg if driven hard! Insurance is not cheap and if you have points on your licence it may be a bit of a shock. In 2015 the car will be classed as a Classic and insurance will be much lower for those eligible. The car does suffer from rust in the usual places and the hydro suspension will need to be monitored for leaks, The car can easily be used on a daily basis for 1 or 2 people. The boot is actually quite large but gets hot from the engine and some room is available under bonnet. With the hood up and the heater on its really like any other car except for a bit of additional road noise. Then if the sun appears off with the roof and in 2 minutes you're cruising wind in the hair. It's great.
MG MGF 1.8i VVC 2dr (Review date: 15th December '12)
I bought mine as a head gasket failure and "did it myself". It was cheap, all parts are available (many borrowed from good old Rover metro) so inexpensive. Ebay also an excellent source of parts.
The result is a car that brings back a sense of British sports cars from bygone years. Seriously fun to drive, on country roads or motorway and reasonably economical too (35mpg). Hood works well and can come down even in the coldest weather as the heater is powerful. Just beware the rear swinging out on wet roundabouts. It is a 2-seater with a small boot, but there's room for a few bottles from France around the spare tyre in the front. Inside is comfortable and well-equipped. My mother who has a hip replacement finds it easy to access as the doors are long and come back a long way. Find one that's rust free and you can't go wrong.
Engine is difficult to access as it's behind the driver and there's limited space, but take things slowly and logically - and use a mirror - and head gasket / water pump / cam belts can all be done without a problem. Check out the long under-car heater pipes and be prepared to fit stainless steel ones (£60). Fit a water level sensor then you'll know the moment any problems arise. Club support is very good and friendly too.
I'd recommend the more powerful VVC as it's no less fuel efficient, and I think the purer lines of the earlier F as opposed to the TF are more inkeeping with its 1960s roots. The greatest joy is burning stunned MX5 drivers at lights.
I've had it nearly a year now and it's never let me down. For less than £1k car and new parts, it's difficult to think of a reason NOT to buy one.
MG MGF 1.8i SE 2dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
MY MGF IS A PLAYTHING BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT, COMPLETELY IMPRACTICAL BUT WHO CARES. WITH THE TOP DOWN ON A SUMMERS DAY YOUR WORLDLY WORRIES DISAPPEAR INTO THE DISTANCE. MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND IS WAITING IN THE WINGS SPANNERS IN HAND TO ATTEND TO ANY ISSUES THAT ARISE" FAR BETTER THAN WATCHING THE TELLY HE TELLS ME".
WHO WANTS A CHARACTERLESS STEED THAT NEVER COUGHS OR WHEEZES THE ALL LEATHER UPHOLSTERY SMELLS RIGHT IT ATTRACTS ATTENTION WHERE I CANNOT ANYMORE. IT IS AN OLD GIRLS INDULGANCE I FEEL YOUNG AND VIBRANT AGAIN.
THE REALITY I BOUGHT IT KNOWING ITS RELIABILITY SHORTCOMINGS HEAD GASKETS BRAKES WATER LEAKS AND ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. HOWEVER AFTER REPLACING THE COOLING SYSTEM IN ITS ENTIRETY, FITTING AP BRAKES AND DISCS AND HUBBY BUYING ME A HERITAGE COLOUR CODED HARD TOP IT HAS PERFORMED PERFECTLY GOING THROUGH THE MOT WITH FLYING COLOURS AND NO ADVISORIES. I LOVE IT AND WILL POSSIBLY KEEP IT FOREVER. IT MAKES ME FEEL PROUD TO BE BRITISH. LONG LIVE THEMG MARQUE AND THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WHO OWN THEM.
year 2000 model MGF
MG MGF 1.8i 2dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I bought this car new. I kept it 3 years and it was very reliable during this time. No problems with the engine as is sometimes reported.
It is a two seater so definately not a family car. It was our 2nd car when we had it. My wife enjoyed it. We had the top down on some occasions during the summer, but it was not a good experience, okay on slow roads, but anything over 50 mph you really go battered by the wind.
Boot space is very restricted both front and rear. Again definately not a family car.
The only real issue I had was when I replaced the tyres after about three years, the handling was awful, and it used to drift at high speed. Tracking was checked but everyting was okay. In the end I sold the car.
Years later MG admitted that a particular type of tyre has to be fitted to the MGF, one that has been designed to be compatible with its suspension.
Now these cars are relatively cheap, so should make a good buy if you buy a well looked after example that sits on the correct tyres.