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MG ZR ZS ZT Technical - MG Saloons...........The VERDICT

MG Z SaloonsThe verdict

Ok for the last week or so I asked everyone who bought a ZR, ZS, ZT for there comments on there pride and joy. Many of you will beware of my own thoughts and criticisms of the ZR, ZS. However here's what you thought.

ZR:- A lot of storylines of little things such as squawks and rattles, there door seals came in for major criticism. You said the doors where hard to open and shut. The 105 and 120 where on par performance wise, but the 160 was not up for it! Seats and driving positions where not to clever. Radio's crap/difficult to use.

Best BUY:- ZR 120

ZS:- No major problems, keep a weather eye on the dip stick. With the exception of one major fail of the servo system on one model and a total engine D.N.F the picture looks good. Again seats and driving positions came in for criticism, as did the radio. However the 180's V6 should compensate! headlamps only just good enough for night driving. (Can the Xenon units from the ZT fit?) Orange indicator lenses a minus point!

BEST BUY:- ZS 180!

ZT:- Didn't get much response for this model with is a shame, because it's properly the best. Ace headlamps, good seats and driving positions, just needs more power! (Coming soon). The J.D Power survey reckons the Rover 75 is very well built and so this should be true for the ZT.

So there you have it, I know that not everyone will agree with these findings. I have been as honest as I can and tried to report what's what. Anyway I am off to Rob Oldaker's house with this year's Recaro catalogue and an electric cattle prod!

your thread titles are a bit like sunday sport headlines, very eye catching but when you read it you realise its all bollacks!
btw now you have come to your concusion does this mean your gonna sod off?
rob oldaker

To be fair, I thought this was a more laudable,constructive effort than some of Mega's other threads where he tends to break up the flow , be destructive,or introduce irrelevent topics.
He has really become a" webchatcoholic" & I don't know how he still has enough time to run his own
business- which some people say is a 16 hr/day task.

I disagree with the "Verdict" on the ZS headlamp brightness, I don't think it is unusually poor. I have been driving home in the dark for weeks now and have found my way home sucessfully without using the fog lamps. The orange indicators are a bit mis-matched, with smoked repeaters and clear rear units, and I'm wondering aren't Rover 45's fitted with clear units? I guess you could do a swap with a 45 unit, although I have to admit a Xenon unit would be nice.

My Kenwood too has been okay with reception, although compared the radio in my last car it was not difficult competition. The unit buttons are small, but really this is a function of the radio and no critisism of the car.

As an aside, why is the MG website still advertising a leather handbrake grip being fitted to the ZS180 when this is clearly not the case? The illustration of the gearknob is incorrect also. I can understand the brouchure being wrong as there was a need to print it as the spec. was being finalised, but the website should be changed.

Mega said, of the ZS:

> Again seats and driving positions came in for
> criticism

Did they really? I scanned the thread as it was evolving and, although a few - myself included - said that the driving position was a little higher than ideal, I don't recall anyone having criticised the seats. As I said, I find that they give good lateral support and, especially with the adjustable lumbar support, they are comfortable, even on a long drive. I can understand why you are particularly concerned about the seats in a car, but your attitude of 'Reccaro (sp?) good, everything else bad' seems very blinkered and only serves to alienate you from this BBS. If your back is so bad that only a specific orthopaedic seat will do, it is unreasonable to expect these to be offered as an option on any car so why not just figure in the cost of replacing the seat into the cost of you new car? If your requirements are so exacting, it is unlikely that the Reccaros that Ford may offer in the ST170/RS will be the ones that suit you anyway...

Meanwhile, in Gotham City, Rob said:

> I'm wondering aren't Rover 45's fitted with clear
> units?

Yes, they are. However, I check at my local dealer and, although the orange bits are secondary lenses, they can only get a complete headlamp/indicator unit, which is over 100 each! A bit pricey for my tastes.


Steve H

After driving a Pre-production Longbridge engineering hack at MG'M' 2001 (which on of my friends brought who works at Longbridge) I asked his why the MG ZS was fitted with orange indicators.....he said it was to make it different to the 45......
Neil Turner

...and the headlamp and indicators are a single plastic moulding so are not separate items, hence the price.

Roger Parker

This thread was discussed between 13/11/2001 and 15/11/2001

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