Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used MG ZT-T estate?
Because it was developed and produced under the watchful eye of BMW, this was probably the best-built car that MG Rover ever made. The materials are chunky and fairly classy throughout, and the assembly feels reassuringly solid.
Most owners have reported trouble-free motoring, but front coil springs have been known to corrode to the point of breaking. Check the electric seat adjustment, too, because the motor isn't hugely reliable.
The 1.8 engine also needs to be watched. It's prone to overheating and the head gasket is a bit fragile, so make sure the coolant levels are kept topped up at all times. Check the oil filler cap regularly - if you find white residue, you've got an expensive problem.
Steer clear of cars with signs of uneven tyre wear. This indicates suspension problems, which can be hard to fix on the ZT-T. Finally, on diesel models, check that the clutch is sound.