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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    2 out of 5 stars

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35 reader reviews for MG Rover ZR Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v 105 + 3dr

    sian may Date: 18/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i just like to say i love this car i love the looks and it always turns heads myns on 03 plate so its all electric ive change the 17' to 18's so its really sticking to the corners ive also had stifened sports suspenson so the rides even harder not that i can complain as its my first car. although its got the big wheels its still pulling 120mph. all i dont like about the car is that it seems to have been slapped together door cards lose and noisy, doors slam like a truck but alls sorted all in all ilove to drive it its exciting and fun and really dont know what im going to replace it with.

  • 1.4 16v 105 3dr

    John Dunn , Tyne and Wear . Date: 11/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I really liked the styling of the ZR. The large rear spoiler, 17" alloy wheels and body coloured bumpers gave it a really sporty look. I liked the half leather trim too but the cloth part of the seats and the cheap looking dash let it down a lot. No electric windows either.

    The drive felt solid. The gear change and steering will apeal to those who like to drive, neither feeling light or flimsy. The handling was awesome allowing you to fly around bends at speed with very little body roll whilst the sports seats keep you firmly in place... but, and it's a big but. The suspension and ride are rock hard. This is fine on nice smooth road but speed bumps or even a road surface which has been dug up a few times is bone shakingly awful. You'll put up with it if you're more interested ragging it round corners and how you look at the lights.

    You can rev it hard and you'll find it out-performs other 1.4's but it's not a fast car especially not up hill or with four adults on board. Fun to drive though I have to admit.

    Look out for: Torn leather on the driver's seat, interior coming apart at the joins, front interior door handles falling apart, clutch pedal getting caught on carpet, water leaking through rear light area into boot. Check for water sitting in the spare wheel compartment and soggy board covering the spare. Most worrying is the likelyhood of a coolant leak resulting in £450 bill for doing the head gasket or major damage. Check coolant often.

  • 2.0 TD 100 + 3dr

    Hayley Blair Date: 21/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Well after reading everyone's reviews on the petrol model I must say I almost feel suicidal..how depressing!Therefore I feel I must fight the corner of the diesel! I bought the basic model 2.0TD in Sept07,after owning a F/lander you can imagine I had to make some changes!Although I must say I find parking the lil thing a breeze!It had 65k on the clock when I bought it and I have managed to take it up to 72k in 5mth,so you expect to have to replace a few parts;air filter,break pads etc-which,during fitting,highlighted the need for a cam belt. At this point that there it a slight negative,I have found out from a garage that I will,soon,need a new clutch as it has started to slip and with it being a diesel and the engine being wonderfully compact,a new clutch is going to cost £350!If I add that to whatI was going to spend on new alloys its close to £1000,so theres a dilema! Do I keep the car and pay out for all these new bits-bearing in mind its only a basic model?Or look at something else? After some careful thought I have decided to look at getting the ZR+TD model with all the electrics-no I am not mad,yes I do know the problems with the electrics but it doesn't phase me half as much as a new clutch! People need to be realistic and accept that these are cars and they break down,all cars do it!Even with the problems I think these cars are great and they look nice too,overall I'm very happy and will be even happier when I have central locking and elec windows!YEY!

  • 1.8 160 VVC 3dr

    Colin Clarke , West Lothian . Date: 18/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I Love my Zed (well the g/f's) I Bought this as a birthday pressie for the G/F three years ago The seats are sporty and great for long journeys, i'm 6'5 and she who must be obeyed is a tinsy 5'0 first the bad points The drive can be a bit bumpy but having sports suspension you can't really expect anything else, its done 64k so cam belt will need done shortly and to be honest we have'nt had a lot of problems with it, boot catch needs oiled now and again rear wash tubes came loose, again easy to sort, one of the side skirts fell off (problem with zeds so im told)windows seem to steam up easily but if you put the air con on and turn the heat setting up then problem solved.

    Now the good points This is a very,very,very fun car to drive the 1.8 delivers a lot of power and zooms to 62 in just over 7 secs which is enough power for most people, its close ratio gearbox means even at lower end of revs, change gear and you still get va va voooooom (oooops thats another car), it corners really well and grips the road like superglue. ive added a few mods, performance air filter and magnex exhaust amongst other things which gives it extra bhp. the pistons are only good for 185bhp so if your gonna mod the beast then get some forged pistons. ive looked at getting another car but i cant find one which is as much fun to drive as this without going into the 20k bracket. so im keeping this little beauty foreva LOL

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