Advantages Makes driving real fun
Disadvantages unless you can't get the hood down
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It was the '95 model, in BRG, with only 15,000 on the clock for only £7k. Traded in a Treg 1.6 16v sport Astra and £2k for it.
There we others on the showroom floor but they had slightly higher milage and everyone has warned me about the cylinder head gaskets needing replaced at 50,000 miles.
I dont know a thing about the oily bits, except they are under the bonnet - or boot in this case. Mid engined rear wheel drive sounds impressive on paper. As does the hydrogas suspension - untill someone told me that bit came from the Austin Miestro. But you soon get the gist when you drive the thing. Much more precise on a turn in than the other fleet lead 5 door hatchbacks on the market place. Quite peppy with the base 1.8 16v rover lump behind you. It's not supposed to be a superfast car as the noise on most soft tops cannot be bearable past 70mph. I suppose the VVC version must be a real storm though.It can get a bit crashy on some of the inner city public roads. But that's not the cars fault. You are greatfull of the low ride and firm suspension on the open country roads - where I chose to live. Roof down summer fun has never been this much fun.
It reminds me of my childhood with my Raliegh Chopper going down a hill really fast - Wind whipping at your hair, big grin on my face with flies sticking to my teeth and a slight scary exhiliration in the pit of my stomach - but with the ability to stop.
The brakes are realy good. Disks all round gives you the confidence to push it a bit more into that bend, knowing you can stop if you want to. Same for the stop start traffic driving - no sence of fade with the 100 or sop stop start sprints you will have to do in the comuter rush, and no sence of impending doom when the car infront jams all on.
There's the boot aswell. Its big enough for a weeks groceries or a week away or a set of golf clubs or...... well you get the idea. The cabins good enough for 2 but don't excpect to have anything else in there with you.
I said before that the handelings better than a fleet led 5 door. You buy what you get - a 2 door, soft top sports car.
Servicing shouldn't be a problem if you take the car to Rover or an indipendant garage - due to the engine location. Again - shop around. The garage I bought mine from has an ex Rover mechanic working there and they are local. I suppose thats why he specialises in them.There were other soft tops on the market - some have a bit more drama going for them (MX5) or a good name (BMW). The MGF is slightly cheeper than the opposition in the second hand market because of the bad rep a few people have given them. Leaks, engine and finish. But if you are buying second hand and older than 5 years - dont forget to ask about some of the common problems. If they haven't happened (and there's no evidence) then it probably won't happen.
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