Jonathan Green takes to the road in an MG TF, looking closely at its performance, practicality, and style. Its 1.8 litre VVC engine produces 160 BHP, does 0-60 in under 7 seconds, has a top speed of 137 MPH, and averages 37.6 MPG.

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    • starwarsfanboy101
      starwarsfanboy101

      Better looking than the mx5

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Infante
      Michael Infante

      Car MG TF 2002 video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC85rnh4ZGA

      Getting a Chinese takeaway has never been simpler or cheaper. In fact MG since the 1920's has always been an order by numbers kind of car. The company has covered more miles than some of their cars, from William Morris
      in 1924 to  Morris Motors to BMC to British Leyland the Rover Group through British Aerospace to BMW and finally with NAC in Beijing. Phew The company has had more owners that some of their cars! 

      History: In 2002, the MG TF was released, named after the MG TF Midget of the 1950s. Based upon the MG F platform, but heavily redesigned and reengineered, the most significant mechanical changes were the abandonment of Hydragas suspension in favour of conventional coil springs, the new design of the air induction system that along with new camshafts produces more power than in MG F engines, and the torsional stiffness of the body increased by 20%. Various cosmetic changes include a revised grille, redesigned front headlights, bumpers, side air-intake grills, rear boot, etc.It held a decent amount of sales despite problems including uneven shut lines on the drivers door, on models for the United Kingdom. Production was suspended in April 2005, when MG Rover collapsed.

      Problems: Unfortunately the front wings are particularly vulnerable to rust damage. The good news here is that this is a bolt-on panel, so replacement of rotten panels is a doddle - particularly if you can find good same-colour replacements. Rot is commonest along the edge adjacent to the front bumper, where the bumper mounting flange is a double skinned panel, likely representing a moisture/condensation trap: Unfortunately, Rover's K-series engine have become synonymous with head gasket failures (HGF), a reputation that is perhaps only partially deserved. There are plenty of these engines on their original gaskets with 100+ thousand miles on them, but many owners were not mechanically sympathetic. Therefore there is a good chance that what ever car you look at has had its head gasket replaced.

      We say buy a 2005 version, certain bugs had been ironed out from the earlier cars.
      Value  Used price range: £740 - £2,485​ Pay top price for a top car - but don't expect firework on increasing values - These cars are great runarounds but not money in the bank - We say they are still a long way from being appreciating assets -

      If you want an asset get a MGB V8 GT - and sell it to a man with a beard!

      about 2 years ago
    • Ade2Bee
      Ade2Bee

      Goes back to the early 50s? They Go back to the early 30s

      about 3 years ago
    • Lomate *
      Lomate *

      Is he Ronnie Pickering 😁

      about 3 years ago
    • Michael David
      Michael David In reply to Lomate *

      Who's Ronnie Pickering?

      about 2 years ago
    • Fireicer Cooper
      Fireicer Cooper

      The 1.6 is by far not a little flat. In fact the 1.6 forces you to drive it rather than sit back and relax. The Rover K series powerhouse with the uprated head gasket and stronger mount in the oil sump really does deliver. The Gearbox ratios are different so it makes for a wicked drive.
      This 160 VVC uses the C4BP box while the 1.6 has a different final drive C6BP giving the 1.6 one hell of a wild side.

      about 3 years ago
    • Mark Ellis
      Mark Ellis In reply to Fireicer Cooper

      Very true iv Driven both

      about 10 months ago
    • Antimation Studios
      Antimation Studios

      Anyone else notice how he had the top down in the rain at the end?

      about 5 years ago