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Which budget two-seater classic sports car would you suggest?

I am considering buying a two-seater sports car as a runaround for the summer. I have been looking at Mazda MX5's but I am also drawn to an MG TF. Unfortunately I only have a buying budget of about £2000. The car will be garaged all year round. Out of the two, which would you go for? Are there any other marques worth looking at for that sort of money. What should I look for in terms of potential problems and future servicing.

Asked on 14 January 2019 by Keith Ives

Answered by Keith Moody
In terms of value for money, you'll probably be able to get more MG for your money - but if it's pure driving thrills your after with one eye on track days, then the MX-5 is the car for you. Both cars have strong club support and plentiful parts supply. Have you considered an MGF? Where the TF uses a conventional spring set up, the F uses hydragas. Try as many as you can to see which you prefer - and make sure you do your homework. You should be able to find an MG with a loving owner and full service history that has made the necessary upgrades to the head gasket within your budget. Winter is often considered a good time to buy but don't forget fewer cars will be for sale at this time of year.
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