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Brilliant bargain sports cars but so many are liabilities so take care when bu

Why buy?

The thoroughly modern MGF is as user friendly as the MGB yet being mid-engined it is a far more serious sports car than any previous MG yet one that can be dirt cheap to buy and run.


The Metro-sourced gas suspension works well. Mid-ship chassis layouts are usually unforgiving when pushed hard, but this isn’t so with the MGF. Later conventional TF is sportier but the ride notably suffers. MGF Trophy is most exhilarating with the VVC second best but the slow witted autos aren’t particularly nice.

What to pay

Tired cars can be had for beer money with half decent cars from a grand, but the sensible money seems to start around £2500-£3000. Some specialists are now selling refurbished MGF/TFs for around £6000 which are well worth considering.


Scrappage rate still high due to low values and parts availability so buy the best car you can from the outset – drive as many as possible to gauge what’s around. Check the tyres, not just for condition but type as some brands are totally unsuited to the car and spoil the handling. Seek expert advice if unsure.


This unit is famed for popping head gaskets with terminal results, its replacement will be needed at some point if it’s not already been done – check for fresh gaskets, coolant etc!

Body and chassis

Rust can be severe, check subframes, floor, suspension wishbones and trailing arms plus the wheel arches and sills (the latter which are now made by BMH). If the suspension has been uprated, see it hasn’t been made too stiff as the rear damper turrets can fracture as a consequence.

Running gear

Geometry needs careful setting up and many lack this. Hydragas is a known leaker and the spheres used now hard to obtain (normal suspension kits available but as costly as a car!).

Best model?


Worst model?


Budget buy?


Ok for unleaded?


Spares situation?

Can be difficult

Diy ease?

Engine access is a pain

Club support?

Extremely good

Appreciating asset?

Only special or well cared for ones

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