Join Date: Jun 2007
Car: 2013 MG 3 VTI Tech Style
DAB still wont find any stations sadly, so that will need fixing along the way. That is annoying with a 3 year old car, it really should be working and not packed up within 3 years, although I suspect it's been like that since new and just never used by the previous owner.
Washer jets now work properly after untrapping the washer pipe hose between the scuttle panel.
The little over rev in between 1st and 2nd is annoying, however if on a hill it does not do it, also if you change gear slower it seems better. Engine wise I think it's a lot better than the journos give it credit for. Around town it is fine for bumbling around as long as your in an appropriate gear for the terrain and speed. However if you use the revs I think it's a fun drive and quite spirited. Way better than the 1.4 Corsa hire car I had recently that really was gutless as hell, I think that was about 70 or 80 odd bhp that really was crying out for a turbo on it.
Road noise I think is generally very good, again wind noise can't really complain, road noise can get a bit harsh on bad road surfaces but a decent road surface and it's pretty good.
I find the drive a little bumpy but that is to be expected with it being tuned for a slightly harder ride to give it a sporty feel, although some speed bumps are awful in it, so speed bumps need approaching with real care for the sharp nasty ones. Chucked it round some lanes and it certainly feels better than any small car I have driven of late, feels really quite chuckable into the bends.
Put some anti fog on the windows and that seems to have helped with the windows misting up also stuck some Rain X repellent on the outsides of the windows.
Bought a second hand alloy wheel of ebay for £65, has some laquer damage but may get it refurbed at some point, but it is purely for a spare wheel so may just use it as is, even a corroded alloy is going to look better than a steel wheel on the car, after all it will only be a spare. Hopefully the jack out of my ZTT which I really need to get shot of will do for the 3 then all I need is a wheel brace and socket and I will have a complete kit for changing the wheel, sod the gunk and compressor I want to be abel to get the wheel changed ASAP and get on my way again and sort the tyre out when I have time.
I love all the toys it has on it to be honest and for the money even new I don't think a lot of small cars can beat it for spec and value and possibly even drive.
The more I drive it the more I really like it, I think it gelling with me better each time I go out in it, once up to temp i did use the rev range and it shifts when you need it too for a little 1.4 engine, I say 1.4 as it's displacement is 1408 i think so it's not even a 1.5.
Overall verdict, go a nd try one, be realistic about it's price and what you expect for that price and what else you could buy for that price and I find it hard to not justify all it's minor shortcomings.
One last word on it, it needs a Turbo version, that would really help with not only economy but probably also emissions slightly and possibly tax as well as a turbo engine is more efficient.
If they shoehorned the 1.5 turbo that is supposed to be going into the compact SUV it would be a proper little hot hatch in my opinion with around 140bhp.
Thats it for now I think. Still showing 35 mpg so far and that was with some spirited high revving action too so indications are looking good.
Ordering mats for it as it doesn't have any and think i will put mudflaps on it too. Oh and hopefully fix the DAB issue.