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MG ZS (2001 - 2005)

Last updated 27 November 2018

 
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Enjoyable handling. Good pace from the 180 version.
Four-cylinder K series engines are prone to overheating and head gasket failure.
Updated 20 April 2004

2004 facelift brings with it much improved interior, wider track, 17-inch alloys wheels (on ZS180) and a new bodykit. Much better looking than before.

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Introduction

In 2001, the Rover 45 was re-engineered to become an MG saloon. The suspension settings were tweaked to improve ride and handling, while designer Peter Stevens did what he could to give the car a more aggressive look with new bumpers and the addition of side skirts.

Top of the range was the 2.5-litre KV6, complete with Subaru Impreza-influenced rear spoiler but the range also included an L-series diesel version, which reflected the progress Volkswagen was making at the time with its range of high-pressure, more powerful diesel engines (although the L-series failed to deliver in this respect).

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