The TF is a nice looking car and does receive many glances as you drive around town. However the build quality of the car is so poor. The engine is eager and punchy however the rock hard suspension may put some buyers off. I've had many problems with my TF 135 that I bought new in 2004. The main problem appears to be the leaking window sills and faulty electric window motors. These were both fixed under warranty however rain still leaks into the interior via the window sills. There is also a lot of scuttle shake even when driving on smoother roads. I finally traded in my TF earlier this year for a Mini Cooper and havent looked back since.
I now have a Mazda MX-5 after trading in my awful MG TF 135, which was bought new in 2005. One day after picking up the car from the MG dealership I noticed the coolant level light keep flashing, so I popped open the bonnet and found there was hardly any coolant in the tank! Talk about good dealership service! Despite this, it all went well for 12 months, but then the trouble began.
The first thing I noticed was that rain was seeping into the window sills near my mirrors and began dripping into the interior. The softop then began leaking water into the seats, and was fading in colour very quickly. Next, my electric window motor packed up on the passenger side.
The coolant level kept dropping too, and I discovered a small leak in the coolant tank. The car itself drove well but those potholes really shook your kidneys. It was a shame, really, as the MG TF looked the part - if only BMW had stayed with MG, then the build quality may have been so much better.
I owned an MG TF for about 18 Months.
What hell it was - the roof did not close properly and constantly leaked. The window motor broke several times. The engine constantly overheated (as indicated by engine temperature gauge – but they could find nothing wrong with it). The suspension got very lazy and handling became increasingly poor.
Also, the service from MG was appalling and they did nothing to resolve the above. Generally speaking the car was in and out of the dealership every six weeks.
Thankfully, the car and I have now parted company.
I have owned my MGTF 80th Anniversary for one year now and I’m very happy with it. As it’s a special edition it’s got all the extras inside and out, the interior looks great compared to the more basic versions and it has a high equipment level.
I'm 6ft 2inches and I have not had a problem with the size of the interior, the longest journey I’ve done was over 4 hours and I didn’t have any aches or pains.
Also I have found, if well planned I had enough luggage space for a week away for two people.
Prior to this car I had an MGF and have found the ride a lot harder in the TF which makes corners more fun but bad road surfaces less so, however my TF does have the stiffer sports pack 2 option, again due to it being a special edition.
I have had no faults apart from a squeaky roof, which has been resolved quickly.
In summary the MGTF was made for country roads and it's great fun to drive around them with the roof up or down but it's also surprisingly versatile and cheap to run.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!