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MGF Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

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• GOOD TO DRIVE • TERRIFIC VALUE • TYPICAL MG BACK UP

WHY BUY?

Mid-engined using a mix of Austin Rover parts, the MGF is as user friendly as the MGB yet is a far more serious sports car but one that can be dirt cheap to buy and run.

DRIVING

Allegro-sourced suspension works well with this midengine layout. Mid-ship chassis layouts are usually unforgiving when pushed hard through corners, but this isn’t so with the MGF. The Trophy is most exhilarating with VVC second best.

WHAT TO PAY

Tired cars can be had for beer money with decent cars from a grand, but the sensible money seems to start around £2500-£3000. Some specialists are now selling fully refurbished MGFs for around £5000.

GENERAL

Scrappage rate is 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 unsuited to the car. Seek expert advice if unsure.

ENGINE

This unit is famed for popping head gaskets with terminal results, replacement will be needed at some point if it’s not alreaady 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 suspension has been uprated see it hasn’t been made too stiff as the damper turrets can split 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 pricey).

BEST MODEL? Trophy
WORST MODEL? Autos (very expensive to repair)
BUDGET BUY? Average 1.8is
OK FOR UNLEADED? Yes
SPARES SITUATION? Can be difficult
DIY EASE? Engine access is a pain
CLUB SUPPORT? Extremely good
APPRECIATING ASSET? Only special ones



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