What should I look for in a used MG ZT saloon?
Rover had its fair share of reliability problems, but this ZT was probably the best-built car the company ever made. The materials feel solid throughout and the fit and finish are much improved on Rovers built before BMW's reign.
Although most owners reported trouble-free motoring, it has been known for front coil springs to break due to fierce corrosion. Also, check that the electric seat motor works.
If you go for the 1.8, make sure you keep your coolant levels topped up at all times because it's prone to overheating and blowing its head gasket - not nice at all. Check the oil filler cap regularly for white gunk because this indicates there's problem.
Suspension problems can be hard to fix on these cars, so steer clear of cars with signs of uneven tyre wear. Also, check that brake pipes aren't rusty, and on diesel models check that the clutch is sound.