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MG ZT-T Estate 2001‑2005

4.3
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MG ZT-T Estate 2001‑2005

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billio

Lovely Car

MG ZT-T 2.5 180 + Sports 5dr Auto (Review date: 2nd December '13)

4.3

I have previously owned a Rover 75 diesel which I had for seven years and covered 120,000 trouble free miles so when I was offered a low mileage MGZT-T with one owner I jumped at the chance. It is a superb car - excellent handling, more than enough power and very comfortable. I have, as a precaution, replaced the belts which set me back £500 and the bracket holding the rear exhaust broke which meant I had to replace the rear silencer - so that was another £100. Other than that - no problems though I will need to replace tyres next year and they aint cheap. One small gripe is that I find the ride a tad too hard - the Rover was much smoother - but that is a small criticism and overall I love the car. It is a bit heavy on juice - in town I am lucky to get 29 mpg but on a long motorway run I have achieved 39.7 mpg. It must rank as the crime of the century that MG/Rover was allowed to go under!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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kevinwarwick

Excellent car MG ZT-T CDTi 2004/54 plate.

MG ZT-T 2.0 CDTi 135+ 5dr (Review date: 2nd January '13)

4.8

My car is 8 years old now and I'm the 2nd owner and have had it for 4 years. This is the best car I've ever owned! Minimal running costs, cheap to service, extremely reliable, highly spec'd and looks the part. Still passing MOT's even at this age and mileage (115,000) Have replaced the engine breather (£47 BMW replacement set and forget part) and turbo O-rings (£6) as MGR apparently failed to advise in the service schedule the original type of breather is best replaced every 30,000 miles. The BMW part should last the life of the car. Surprisingly quick (131 bhp) quiet engine, very roomy cabin and boot. The only 2 slight down sides to the car is the ride comfort. It is very hard but handles like it's on rails with good branded tyres on, and the price of replacing the 225 45 18 tyres. Bridgestones Potenza's come in at £216 each but certainly grip and go! :) There are budgets available for around £70 but you get what you pay for. There is a great following on MGR forums and owners clubs for these cars and good well priced parts and free advise is readily available via these clubs and forums. If you want a lot of car for not a lot of money then don't hesitate to buy one of these. If you find one you like BUY IT! :) I would certainly buy another come renewal time if they were still being made. Good job MGR! :)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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daveT

Horses for courses

MG ZT-T 2.5 190 + 5dr (Review date: 12th September '11)

4

This car took us around the British Isles last year, including Shetland and was an ideal car for the job. Unless the load space was needed this car has not been used much. It is a quiet and fairly comfortable car - firm suspension and no load are not always what is needed. Then there is the fuel consumption which is a pretty constant 27mpg. In many ways I'd love to keep the car but do not need to run three cars. Whilst a close call, it is the ZT that has to go.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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daveA

Simple V8, Simply Great.

MG ZT-T 4.6 V8 260 SE 5dr (Review date: 19th August '11)

4.3

The MG ZT-T 260 4.6 V8 SE sounds like a complicated name. But it's a very simple car. Very simple. What MG did with this car is get a Rover 75 Estate, put MG badges and grilles on it, shoved into the bonnet an old, whacking great 4.6-litre V8 engine from a Mustang that is the dead opposite of technologically advanced, then they just put it on sale without doing anything else to it. That's all. So they can't have pulled it off, surely...?

They have. Yes, the American V8 is from the Bronze Ages, and it has less power-per-litre than a 1.4-litre Ford Fiesta, but it really does seem to suit the car, better than the Mustang, infact. This V8 isn't a V8 you'd choose if your main priority was speed. It's a V8 you'd choose because it's relaxed and lazy, and burbles along nicely and smoothly.

That said, the 0-60mph figure is 6.1s, and the top speed is 155mph, so it's still quick. Some stupid driver in a rubbish, old, noisy Citroen Saxo which appeared to have a dustbin under the rear bumper stuck to it tried to race me at the lights the other day, and he was trounced by the uncannily torquey, big friendly giant under the ZT-T's bonnet. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing, as you can't tell by looking at it that it's quick and muscly.

Mind you, I'm surprised I didn't run out of petrol a mile later. It isn't exactly frugal with petrol, let's say. It does 20mpg usually, not more than 25. In my opinion, though, it's a small-but-expensive price to pay for the pleasure of sheer torque and the sensational V8 rumble, which only adds to the pleasure of the handling of the car as well, which is equally sensational.

And the best thing is you can use it every day, because it's brilliant when it comes to reliability, practical enough for any occasion, comfortable enough for long journeys and very easy and relaxing to drive. What a car. Considering it was built by putting some old bits together cheaply by people that were about to go bust, it is remarkable, it really is. And you can get them now for about £7.5k. That's a very good deal.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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daveB

MG ZT-T

MG ZT-T 2.0 CDTi + 5dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)

3

Bought the car as I wanted a large estate at a reasonable priced diesel estate. The advantage of ehich being this comes with BMW's rock solid 2L lump.

Not had any problems other than a fuel pump replacement which is a very common problem and easy to fix at no real cost.

Considering it is the last of the old MG's it is suprisingly well bolted together, and there is a wealth of followers on the internet able to help out with any problems.

Servicing and running costs are cheap. I get a decent 40-45miles per gallon out of it over a week of mixed driving.

If you are after a budget diesel estate with a sorted engine that is a little bit different from the norm then this is worth a go.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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michaelO

Super reliable estate.

MG ZT-T 1.8 120 + 5dr (Review date: 20th June '11)

5

I bought this estate direct from MG when they were winding up - ex-directors vehicle - it has proved to be an outstanding buy. To date there have been no problems, apart from the cost of replacement low profile tyres. The huge amount of space in the rear allows me to easily transport my large dog and all my fishing gear at the same time. What a shame they no longer manufacture this model - as I would certainly buy one again.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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davidT

MG ZTT - A lot of car for not a lot of money!

MG ZT-T 2.0 CDTi + 5dr (Review date: 23rd March '11)

4

I have to admit I was looking for a BMW 3 or 5 Series estate on the second hand market when my I found the ZTT.

The car suits my lifestyle and family situation well (1 x girlfriend, 2 x kids, 1 x dog and a lot of kit to lug about), The seats are very comfy for me and I can drive miles with no problem, the girlfriend did initially struggle to find comfy settings. The cars good safety record was an added bonus for carrying the kids about (Euro NCAP 4 star - But actually 5 Star if you have the model with optional side airbags).

NOTE: If you have two large car seats for kids in the back you will not get another person in the middle unless they are tiny. 3 kids car seats would not be possible I would think, try it before you buy!

Engine is good, reliable and quite strong provided well looked after and serviced. Service interval is about 14000 so not too frequent. Servicing costs have been good too, normally between £120 - £180 from my local garage depending on if the oil breather needs doing (Cheaper than a new turbo if it gets blocked!)

MG Owners club and after market supplies mean parts are no issue, nor are body pannels etc if needed.

Fuel ecconomy on long runs is good, especially for a large car, returning high 40's to 58 mpg depending on my driving style. Around town in stop start traffic this drops noticably due to the size and weight of the car to 36mpg in my experience, lower if you are foot to the floor everywhere when the traffic does move!

Tyres - Are expensive and hard to get budget brands in the official size - 225 - 45 - 18. Expect to pay £80+Vat minimum per tyre. For Mitchelin Pilot Sports closer to £200. Many change to the 224 - 40 - 18 size as there are many more cheap options available. I found this makes the ride noticibly harder. Another option would be to fit 17 wheels from a Rover 75.

The drive is great, especially on twisty roads, it is sporty and fun with superb handling for a family Estate. :-)

I like it very much and for the price it is a very high spec car and that little bit different!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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anne-marieS

One of the best cars we have owned over the years

MG ZT-T 1.8 120 + 5dr (Review date: 10th March '11)

4.8

We have this car for nearly 6years now and we have encountered next to none problems with it. It is our main car as it is the mot pratical due to the space and boot so long journeys are usually done in this car and they are a comfortable experiences.

The fuel consumption is reasonable for the size of the car and engine. One word o advice is that it takes awhile to get used to the length of the car, it is the longest estate I have drove.

All in all a really good car, one that I would recommend without hesitation.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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davidL

mr

MG ZT-T 2.0 CDTi + 5dr (Review date: 7th March '11)

4.3

Large enough to be versatile and with the diesel engine cheap enough to run. For a big car it also handles very well.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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lukeU

L Upton

MG ZT-T 1.8T 160+ 5dr (Review date: 2nd March '11)

4

Lots of Car for the Money, Fantastic Drive, Plenty of Toys and well built with plenty of parts from BMW which can never be a bad thing. 1.8T is quick but no where near as smooth as the V6. Typical K Series engine problems but keep the Coolent topped up and you'll be fine. Nothing else in terms of fun and equipment comes close for the money and weeks can go past without seeing another one!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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