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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 22-06-2016, 23:25 Thread Starter
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MG GS Explore

Just had a quick butchers at Mg website, it seems the Explore does not come with a remote key, seems a bit daft in this day and age not to have remote central locking on a new car, it is something people have come to accept as the norm in this day and age.

It does come across as ways of cost cutting to achieve cheaper on sale prices by taking out useful functions.

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It's not cost-cutting. It's a way to encourage people to buy the more expensive versions and consequently I expect they don't plan on selling many Explores. A customer will look at the adverts and see "from 14,995" and think "that's cheap, I'll take a look at them". When they take a look they will find that the 14,995 one lacks key features (like remote control locking) and is available in a far narrower range of colours (the Explore comes in just two colours black or white) and just buy the 17,495 or 19,495 ones.

They will have Explores available (though maybe only to order as another disincentive to buying one?) if people really want one because to not have them would be against advertising laws.
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You don't even get a light bulb in the glovebox for the Explore trim.
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What on Earth is a rear foot wind tunnel?
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What on Earth is a rear foot wind tunnel?
I take it it's the air vents for the rear passengers.

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A rear foot wind tunnel does sound more exciting than rear passenger vents I guess.
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I called in our local (?!) MG dealer this morning as I happened to be passing - a rare event, as it's 25 miles away. I thought it would be nice to explore the GS, but they were unable to excite me as had no GS on view, and had no idea when they would get one. The exclusive brand they had on display was Sassyang.

MG Motor seem determined to destroy the brand in this country. I suspect that after about 55 years I have bought my last MG. As a complete MG nut, if I feel this way, then I reckon they have succeeded in alienating a huge section of potential MG customers. The range now consists of an underpowered supermini and an invisible SUV. I don't think they'll last long in this country.
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I called in our local (?!) MG dealer this morning as I happened to be passing - a rare event, as it's 25 miles away. I thought it would be nice to explore the GS, but they were unable to excite me as had no GS on view, and had no idea when they would get one. The exclusive brand they had on display was Sassyang.
Luck of the draw, I have 3 dealers within a 16 miles radius and all of them have one in their showroom. The knowledge of the product from the staff though leave a lot to be desired.
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You'd think all dealers would have a car in and be fully prepared. There are sales to be made!
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That's what happens when you appoint backstreet dealers. I know of people who would not buy another car from a brand due to bad experience at a dealer. Of course you'll get good and bad dealers in every network, however MG aren't doing themselves any favours with staff having poor product knowledge & poor brand representation. MG dealers should be proudly advertising the brand, getting customers into showrooms, displaying good knowledge & having passion for the brand, and if they haven't done that, then they shouldn't be representing the brand. Of course MG themselves need to better market the cars.
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What on Earth is a rear foot wind tunnel?
I would take that to mean rear footwell heating vents. The spec sheets for the GS are peppered with Chinglish like that such as "2nd row proportional foldable seat", "take me home function" (is this a clever self-drive function for when you'vee had one-too-many?) and "side air curtain". Leads me to think that MG Motor doesn't even produce or control their own marketing literature.

The Explore model is there to provide a low entry price point much the same as the MG3 3Time, and as with the 3, I would expect MG to focus more on producing the higher spec models with the Explore possibly available on an order-only basis.
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I called in our local (?!) MG dealer this morning as I happened to be passing - a rare event, as it's 25 miles away. I thought it would be nice to explore the GS, but they were unable to excite me as had no GS on view, and had no idea when they would get one. The exclusive brand they had on display was Sassyang.
I like what you did there

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Was that the Nelson dealership u called into? If so I think mg is just a sideline for them sadly. I had my 3 serviced there after Michael Edwards closed down. I was shocked at how few MG's they had in stock.
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If so I think mg is just a sideline for them
That, unfortunately, seems to be the case with many of the dealers.
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Was that the Nelson dealership u called into? If so I think mg is just a sideline for them sadly. I had my 3 serviced there after Michael Edwards closed down. I was shocked at how few MG's they had in stock.
Yes, it was Steven Durkin of Nelson, and I bought both our MG3 and MG6 from Michael Edwards before they disappeared. On my recent visit the only MG in the showroom was a black 6. I too had our MGs serviced at Nelson, and I have to say they were OK in that regard.

I've just about given up on MG now, 56 years after I bought my first one, quite an achievement by MG Motor to alienate an MG nut like me. The MG6 (my 16th MG) is about to be replaced by a Jaguar - what a contrast between the dealerships! HA Fox of Preston are great - you even get free flapjacks!

The MG3, much loved by my wife, stays, but she'll want to get behind the wheel if the Jaguar. Not to worry, if the sun is shining, I'll use my 2005 TF, which is pure bliss.
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Enjoy your new Jaguar - they have picked up quite a few traditional Rover/MG buyers it seems - not surprising as the Jaguar is manufactured in Britain like the old MGRs used to be and surprisingly good to drive with that added luxury. I'm drooling over the F-Pace.
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Yes, it was Steven Durkin of Nelson, and I bought both our MG3 and MG6 from Michael Edwards before they disappeared. On my recent visit the only MG in the showroom was a black 6. I too had our MGs serviced at Nelson, and I have to say they were OK in that regard.

I've just about given up on MG now, 56 years after I bought my first one, quite an achievement by MG Motor to alienate an MG nut like me. The MG6 (my 16th MG) is about to be replaced by a Jaguar - what a contrast between the dealerships! HA Fox of Preston are great - you even get free flapjacks!

The MG3, much loved by my wife, stays, but she'll want to get behind the wheel if the Jaguar. Not to worry, if the sun is shining, I'll use my 2005 TF, which is pure bliss.
I don't think there is any comparison with the dealers as Jaguar is a prestige brand while the MG dealers in most cases are ones that either deal with budget brands or are/where used car dealers.

Durkins had no MG's in the showroom when I went. Now there is a dealer in Warrington I probably won't use them again although that is not a reflection on the service.

I just feel that MG are not reacting quick enough in the UK with new/updated cars and lack of engine choice.
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Durkins had no MG's in the showroom when I went.
When I went to the new dealership in Wolverhampton last week, they still hadn't got any MG signage - three-and-a-half months after being appointed. Plenty of Subaru and Ssangyong signage, though.
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When I went to the new dealership in Wolverhampton last week, they still hadn't got any MG signage - three-and-a-half months after being appointed. Plenty of Subaru and Ssangyong signage, though.
Stanley Motors in Bradford (current KIA dealership) have been on the 'coming soon' list for ages - otherwise it's a 60 mile round trip for me to get to an MG dealership.

The Stanley KIA dealership is in a prime location in Bradford being 100 metres in any direction of an Audi, Hyundai, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Ford dealership.
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