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The MGF is going, to be replaced by an ZR 160 in a couple of weeks. What should I look out for before accepting delivery?

DC
David Coulthard

After the sales staff have assured you that the car has had a full PDI, check all the things you would check when taking over any car for the first time. It's not unknown for the odd spanner to be dropped on a new panel and nothing said in the hope that nobody (that's you mainly) will notice until you come to clean the car later. I once saw a brand new car being unloaded from the transporter slip off the ramps and no doubt had scratches or worst on the underside. Very rare but things like that happen and who will be any the wiser later? Then when the keys are handed over, resist the temptation to start it up and away. First, study the drivers handbook and open up a few things to familiarise yourself with the car, particularly if you're "new" to this model. Check obvious things like fluid levels if you're confident and the tyres - visually they should look alright but punctures happen to brand new cars and new hoods get torn too. Be patient and give it a good onceover. Then, if you've not found anything to draw to the dealer's attention, away you go CAREFULLY and happy motoring ....
John McFeely

David Coulthard? now that is a non-de-plume if ever I have heard one…....lol
cecil kimber

Hi Cecil. Didn't you die in a train crash in 1944? A few people have said that to me. I wonder what they mean?

DC
David Coulthard

david

>>>>Didn't you die in a train crash in 1944? A few people have said that to me

Why are you dead? Funny I thought I saw you at Silverstone this year….The rumours of my death are purely overstated!


PS..what do the 'silver arrows' think of you having a British car? or is there something that we dont know..first Mika leaves now you?
cecil kimber

Hi david, i've had my zr160 for a few weeks now, it will feel tight for the first few hundred miles but bear with it until its run in (seems to be forever), you will probably have a few rattles, but these will be sorted under warranty, but the main thing is not to get paranoid when people stare in your direction - its the car the're looking at!
which dealership are you buying it from - perrys,clemo?
what colour are you getting? trophy blue is the best!

Rob
rob

midgetoming from Perry's (Huddersfield). Got about
David Coulthard

David - i bought my car from perrys as well (mike), the only probs im having are a few rattles - will sort them out one day.
1000+ miles on now and its getting quicker, handles as though its on rails in the dry, can slide out in the wet on tight roundabouts ( michelin pilots).
If your thinking about fitting a cd changer to your stereo then rover sell a mounting kit which fits under the n/s speaker in the boot - looks very neat and easily bolts into existing holes (no drilling req).
No i dont have a Midget (too young - lol)

Rob
rob

Q: How many Perry's sales men does it take to sell an MG ZR 160
A: 3 - Justin to give out the basic facts, Mike to do the haggling and Bob (?) to fill in the paperwork. No wonder they need such a big marigin on the cars!

So your's came with Michelin Pilotes? I noticed a couple with Pirellies (spelling?). Do the Mihelins have the wheel rim protectors? We don't ant them 17" alloys getting kirbed! (And yes, its coming with a CD changer in the boot!)

Anyone have any other experiences? What about this gear selection problem. Does that effect the ZR?

Cheers,

DC
David Coulthard

yes it has got the rim protectors on the tyres.

the gear prob doesn't affect the zr or zs

ask for the mounting bracket for the cd or they will just drill through the boot floor!!!!!

Rob
rob

Spelling on this board leaves much to be desired....
Bin laden

Note that 17" fittings with Michelin have the side protection, 16" fittings with Michelins do not. Neither do any of the Pirelli applications.

Rog
Roger Parker

I think Bin Laden and Roger should swap internet service providers.
ProMGR

> Note that 17" fittings with Michelin have the side
> protection, 16" fittings with Michelins do not.
> Neither do any of the Pirelli applications

Err... Actually the Pirellis DO have rim protection. It's just that, unlike the Michelins which have an obvious ridge around the sidewall, the P Zeros have a thicker sidewall for its' entire height, which extends beyond the edge of the rim.

Must say that I have been very impressed with the P Zeros on my ZS180. Despite the width they shift surface water like no other tyre I've had and the grip is incredible until the temperature drops below freezing. Mind you, at anywhere between £125 and £167 per tyre depending on who you ask, you would hope that they were pretty special!

S.
Steve H

Is there any reason why different makes of tyre are fitted? I have Pirellis, and I know Roger Parker has Michelins.

I have to agree with Steve the Pirellis are very good. I did comment to Roger Parker that somehow the tread pattern did not give the impression that they were performace tyre.

Kelvin
Kelvin

> Is there any reason why different makes of tyre are
> fitted?

This is only a guess but, when I was deciding to buy the ZS, I phoned around a few tyre companies getting prices for replacement tyres. The only two I was told about in the correct size were the Pirelli and Dunlop SP9000. I even asked specifically about the Michies, but could not get a price. This leads me to suspect that the 205/45 x 17 is a new size for the Pilot Sport range and that they weren't available for the first couple of months of production.

S.
Steve H

Thanks Steve, that seems a logical explanation! :-)

Kelvin
Kelvin

This thread was discussed between 09/12/2001 and 13/12/2001

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