Are MGFs rubbish?

Are MGFs rubbish?

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swiftpete

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1,894 posts

153 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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My OH needs another car. Budget prob about £1500. She gets a lift to work most days, but sometimes has to drive. Probably 1 day a week. On those days she has a 100 mile round trip, all motorway miles. I know this is probably a completely wrong car for this, but what are MGFs like?
Cheers.

HellDiver

5,708 posts

142 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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swiftpete said:
I know this is probably a completely wrong car for this, but what are MGFs like?
Cheers.
Like a Mini Metro in drag with an impossible to access engine bay.

S3_Graham

12,830 posts

159 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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no, wait for all the naysayers to bang on about them being crap.

My GF has an MGTF and has done 50,000 miles (currently on 108k) doing similar to you gf by the sounds of it. She does 40miles each way up and down the M4 in her 2004 MGTF 160. Its had routine stuff like suspension bushes, coolant pipes and a clutch last year.

Nothing has specifically gone wrong apart from the clutch.

Its currently for sale, PM me if your interested?

2slo

1,995 posts

127 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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I drove one when it was new. I later recommended it (to someone I didn't like).

Alfa numeric

2,966 posts

139 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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My parents bought a delivery mileage 1.8 in 1999 and still have it. It's done about 65k miles so isn't typical but until a couple of years ago it needed no work doing to it at all beyond normal wear & tear. Then of course age caught up with it and they spent a four figure sum on radiators and suspensions bits- it's still on its original head gasket though.

I borrowed it for a week for a trip around Cornwall and enjoyed it. It's not going to be as quiet as a hatchback on the motorway but it's reasonably civilised and the hydragas suspension gave it a decent ride without sacrificing handling. The boot in the back isn't huge but it's big enough for my Mum to fit a weekly shop and you don't need to pack light for a weekend away- although I'd recommend squashy bags rather then a suitcase!

£1500 might buy you a decent one but I'd avoid buying the first one you look at. Oh and check the rear window, they're a bugger to replace.

S18DMW

15,576 posts

127 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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I've driven one, would never in a million years recommend it. Bit of a PH cliche, but why not go for an MX5? Better car in every way.

ewenm

28,506 posts

205 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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OP: MGF or MGTF?

swiftpete

Original Poster:

1,894 posts

153 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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Well I could probably talk her into an mx5, I've never driven either, but I have read that the mx5 is generally recommended on here. In what ways are mx5s better than mgfs?. Serious question, neither car has ever really interested me, but I have the job of researching cars as she is female.
MGF or MGTF? Whichever is the best for the money. It appears the TF seems to be a better car, so probably one of those.

kambites

60,301 posts

181 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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S18DMW said:
I've driven one, would never in a million years recommend it. Bit of a PH cliche, but why not go for an MX5? Better car in every way.
No it's not. It's a better car, but not in every way.

S18DMW

15,576 posts

127 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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Not driven an MX5, but I know a couple of people who have and they love them. Negatives with the MGF - the driving position is terrible, I'm not a tall person and I couldn't get comfortable in any way, and you sit really high up. I thought the steering felt very weird, just not connected with the car. MPG wise, I think they're about the same. Insurance is about the same. Obviously the MGF has the possible head gasket issue...

2slo

1,995 posts

127 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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Would your OH be comfortable with a RWD car (MX5) if she had to use it year round (thinking winter snow and ice)? A friend of mines Missus had one and refused to drive it in winter after managing a 180 at slow speed on an icy road.

Biker's Nemesis

36,706 posts

168 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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I drove one a few months back, what a horrible car.

Janesy B

2,550 posts

146 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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I wouldn't bother. Get a Puma.

Alfa numeric

2,966 posts

139 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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I bought an MX5 shortly after my folks bought their MGF. The MG feels more like a normal car to drive, the MX5 feels more sporty. My (non petrolhead) parents tried both and preferred the MG, I preferred the Mazda. Try both before you decide.


and then get the Mazda

Frog Dog

22,287 posts

120 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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My wife has had one for 3 years having just replaced it because she needs 4 seats for work.

Imo its a great car, loads of fun and if you get a good one they're pretty well put together.

Hers has had a head gasket and a new roof, new rear window and tidied up a lot so looks almost new.


CaptainSlow

9,798 posts

172 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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kambites said:
S18DMW said:
I've driven one, would never in a million years recommend it. Bit of a PH cliche, but why not go for an MX5? Better car in every way.
No it's not. It's a better car, but not in every way.
True, most ways though.

I'm sure the usual suspect with post up that body stiffness chart.

kambites

60,301 posts

181 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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CaptainSlow said:
True, most ways though.

I'm sure the usual suspect with post up that body stiffness chart.
To be fair, the F does quite a few things better than the MX5. It has better traction, better steering feel (controversial possibly, but I prefer it), a bigger boot, generally more power and crucially is much cheaper for the same aged car.

It's just a shame that the build quality is so variable and the driving position is so weird.

Ullevi

349 posts

130 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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Janesy B said:
I wouldn't bother. Get a Puma.
Or a Mk3 MR2 or MX5.

Massively superior cars.

S18DMW

15,576 posts

127 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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2slo said:
Would your OH be comfortable with a RWD car (MX5) if she had to use it year round (thinking winter snow and ice)? A friend of mines Missus had one and refused to drive it in winter after managing a 180 at slow speed on an icy road.
You are aware the MGF is rear wheel drive also....

kambites

60,301 posts

181 months

Monday 12th September 2011
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Ullevi said:
Or a Mk3 MR2 or MX5.
The mk3 MR2 isn't in budget, sadly. It's a vastly better driver's car than the MX5 or MGF, IMO.