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MG ZT Saloon 2001‑2005
39 owner reviews for MG ZT Saloon 2001‑2005
Great sleeper car!
MG ZT 4.6 V8 260 SE 4dr (Review date: 4th September '12)
Nobody expects the engine! Had the car a year now and still get stopped in the street and in car parks to get asked about it.
My daily driver. I find it ample for my needs, fast, comfy, plenty of boot space, very pleasing to drive.
Ride and handling are excellent, the car doesn't feel heavy on the move, and only belies the weight under tight cornering. Suspension is firm, but not overly so. Being RWD the car certainly has character, and can be frisky if you need it to be. The car has an LSD, it isn't super-tight as the engine is so torquey, but it is reassuring to have.
The seats are comfortable and supportive, drove non stop from Scotland to Walesand got out without a single ache or pain. Interior feels pretty solid after 8 years and the miles I've done. Road and wind noise not overly obtrusive, mostly muffled by the engine!
The car easily takes 4 adults and luggage in comfort.
That engine! It has plenty of grunt and a dirty, delicious note that always brings a grin from inside and outside the car, even on standard exhausts. The engine makes for effortless progress through the gears, plenty of torque.
The BMW stereo and sat nav are good, up-to-date map DVDs are easily obtainable. Parking sensors also work very well.
Most of the bodywork is identical to a regular ZT, same with the interior, so replacement parts aren't hard to find.
On the whole, the cars are proving to be quite reliable if serviced regularly, oil every 5000 miles, service every 10,000.
You are unlikely to see another, only around 800 V8 chassis were made.
Known niggles of airbag light, rubbish handbrake, and cruise control sensors. Some rattles in the interior noticeable, but car is 8 years old, so I would expect this.
Heater divert valve will fail, standard replacement will also fail, get an MG club replacement and your climate control will work perfectly.
It is thirsty! My average commute gives 20mpg, long runs around 25mpg if you're steady. My usual tank is 260 ish, long runs around 330 miles.
These are rare, so finding a garage that will take on some of the servicing work may be difficult.
Great driving, looking and sounding car that delivers the unexpected. Truly a Wolf in sheep's clothing.
V8 ZT - Wolf in Sheep's Clothing!
MG ZT 4.6 V8 260 SE 4dr (Review date: 2nd September '12)
Wow.......what a great car. I needed a daily driver to commute to the shops & leave at the Airport for regular holiday home trips abroad & didn't want to use the Porsche (I'm not really a dill but just love cars). Looked for something a bit different that'll become a future classic & came across the ZT260. Initially, it ooks like a boring Rover 75 but MG has put the Bentley touch inside - everything's electric and leather with every conceivable luxury extra you could ever ask for. It rides quietly, never a squeak, nor a roll with it's stiffened suspension but it's not hard even with 18" wheels......and that Mustang V8 is so torquey, I can amble along at 50 or 60mph and it's only ticking over at 1000-1500 rpms, so I don't find it so terribly bad fuel wise, maybe 25-30mpg until you put your foot down! All in all, I'd recommend this car to anyone who wants an occasional runner, maybe a weekender which I guarantee will create smiles amongst the rev heads who notice it and will become a future classic - these will be sought after but in the meantime, just enjoy the luxury & the power with heaps of parts available new or second hand at dozens of specialist MG centres.
MG ZT V6
MG ZT 2.5 160 + 4dr (Review date: 26th June '12)
Bought it on an impulse buy remembering all the positive motor press reviews when launched. No services docs were available but seeing as it worked it wasn't an issue. Issues? couple of niggly things that probably prompted the previous owner to get rid, needed a replacement clutch master cylinder which I did myself with a second hand unit for £20 and needed a new power vis motor again fitted myself for £45 and a new lower engine mount bush new for £25, now a garage would have quoted more than the car was worth to do those jobs. Since the replacement parts fitted car has run perfect with no reliability worries at all. I remember at the time they were current really wanting one but had doubts due to the negative press image they had. Really wish I bought one now as could have had and extra years of fun instead on the drab dubs and beemers I drove instead.
MG ZT 2.5 160 + 4dr (Review date: 21st January '12)
Never thought I would say this (its a rover) but I am really pleased with the car,It has never let me down,and for a large car it is quite quick off the mark.its a pleasure to drive short or long journeys.
the boot space is large but the opening is a little on the small size,and the rear seats are not a 60/30 split its all or nothing.Used to use it everyday but with the rising fuel costs I brought my self a small van for work .
I would buy another one anytime (would like the V8 next time,lol )
A BMW MG
MG ZT 2.0 CDTi 135 + 4dr Auto (Review date: 16th January '12)
We have an MG ZT and ZTT. Both are well made and very reliable and come with a multitude of BMW parts from the engine to the plastic trim.
They cost upto 50% of the equivalent BMW and to be honest are better looking. What a great pity the old Rover owners let their marque down with the other models!
Didn't think I would but I have...
MG ZT 2.0 CDTi + 4dr (Review date: 24th November '11)
...I am completely in love with this car!
Unfortunately two of my injectors have packed up and need replacing but I had no hesitation in doing this rather than getting another car. After 130k miles they have lasted well!
The exterior looks mean, the interior is sculpted and not at all like austere German cabins on more pricey cars. With the BMW engine it shifts and corners, it's very balanced. The boot is big enough for a weekend away - got no kids so can't comment.
Find a decent mechanic in your area off the MG Forum and you get very tidy, affordable running costs. Mine was pulling 42-45mpg combined even with faulty injectors. God knows what she will pull after. A true drivers, if only the Phoenix 4 hadn't balls it all up!!
mg zt 190 +
MG ZT 2.5 190+ 4dr (Review date: 24th July '11)
what a car , smile on your face each time you drive it,awesome performance,handling & soundtrack,a real head turner. 30mpg if driven steadily (if you can),comfortable,loads of room,excellent boot space,and yes you can still get parts,good owners network etc.
sadly we have had to put up for sale due to circumstances only hope she has a respectful new owner.
mg rover really got it right with the z cars shame they folded (blame the government at the time, ok to bail out the banks).
buy one you will be surprised at how good they are a sadly demised british bulldog.
MG ZT 1.8T 160+
MG ZT 1.8T 160+ 4dr (Review date: 15th July '11)
For the money, it's hard to think of a better value GT car. In many ways its a more rewarding car to drive than modern Euroboxes. There is something special about this car. Youll want to keep it clean and every time you see it, you'll admire it's beautiful lines. It has real character and shows the Germans that there is another way. What it lacks is a fuel-efficient engine and a 6 speed gearbox -ah what might have been had the necessary investment been made....a great used purchase though.
Spitfire thumps the messerschmitt
MG ZT 2.5 190 + 4dr (Review date: 22nd June '11)
I have owned a zt190+ for nearly 6 years now and would not change it for the world it still looks modern and sporty ,handles like a small car on country lanes, goes like a train on motorways and if you run it on v power averages out around 32mpg ! Also over the 6 years it has been as reliable as a wood burning stove with only the usual tyres/servicing costs to pay .I have friends with other more expensive sports marque saloons who begrudgingly admit that the zt is a "nicer car to drive" plus the added bonus that potental buyers can now pick one up for buttons!