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MG MGF (1995 - 2002)

Last updated 26 April 2013

 
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Practical everyday roadster with a surprising amount of luggage space for a mid-engined car, decent handling, plenty of used ones around
Build quality problems, head gasket failure is common, fared very badly in customer satisfaction surveys
Updated 1 December 2001
MGF production ended - replaced by steel-sprung MG TF

Additionally, there were several special editions available throughout the production life of car including the Abingdon, 75th Anniversary and Freestyle.Plans were already afoot to thoroughly update...

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Introduction

The MGF was the first all-new MG roadster since the arrival of the 'B in 1962. It also scored a notable production first for being mid-engined (the ADO21 and MG EX-E were also mid-engined, but didn't get near to going on sale). The MGF had superb weight distribution and brilliant roadholding thanks to its interconnected Hydragas suspension system. It was a clever little car that used many other off-the-shelf parts - not least a pair of Metro subframes, and its K-Series engine.

In summary, the MGF was greater than the sum of its parts, and remains a unique driving experience to this day. There are two engines available, the 1.8i K-series 1796cc 16v and the 1.8i VVC (Variable Valve Control), with power figures of 118bhp and 143bhp respectively which give a 0-60 time of 8.5 (1.8i) and 7.0 (VVC) seconds. Many bargains can be had, but shop carefully...

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