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Is an MG TF an affordable classic to own?

I'm thinking of buying a cheap second-hand car with a little bit of heritage that's still fun to drive. I'm thinking MG TF. That was until I saw how difficult it is to just change the plugs. Does that mean that any servicing by my local garage (not a main dealer) will always be expensive?

Asked on 1 April 2019 by Wally W

Answered by Keith Moody
Any older car will have its quirks. And any older car will definitely require you to have a standalone budget for servicing and maintenance (much in the same way you'd have one for fuel). Plugs in these engines are a fiddle to change, so when buying one make sure you check the history - there are plenty out there with caring owners who have it regularly serviced despite covering low mileages. If you're worried about how much a garage will charge you, why not ring round for a few quotes and quiz them about how much they'd charge you to change the plugs?
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