well hull appears to be the ****e hole when it comes to mg spares i paid £200 for an engine and £60 for the upgrade plus £50 postage came with a 2 month warrenty, unfortunatly due to work it was 65 days befor i fitted it, 14 miles the engine did befor the gasket blew, after taking the head off it was the original gasket not a replacement that i was supposed to have had.
well ****ed all they could say was its out of warranty
Stories like this are far from rare. Did you see the engine running? I avoid these negative possibilities in a relatively simple way. I buy a complete car, ideally so I can see the engine running. Buy MoT failure, accident terminal damaged etc, and remove the good bits from it I need and dispose of the rest. Because of falling scrap metal values, very low for a few years now, such running donor cars can be picked up for that £200 or less. OK extra work removing the parts you require but, time well spent usually with much reduced aggro possibilities.
Also, always consider those shorter warranty periods. Two months soon fly by when something else crops up. If the seller is confident in their product, longer periods should apply for more expensive items. as the saying goes, T and C apply. Always read 'em.
I do not care how long and experienced some folks in all aspects of the Motor Trade are, none know it all and the only way you or they can be certain an engine for sale is good is by driving the car for a few days, not just a spin round the block. Starting it up in a breaker yard is all very well, but, even a few minutes running will not reveal the true condition of the engine.
That's all some do and some do not even do that before selling the things. No way can they be sure of the true condition of the engine. You need to drive and better still, live with the car for at least a few days to allow time for any deep rooted faults to reveal themselves.
There are some good folks out there though. I bought a complete MG6 Engine and Turbocharger assembly from an MG and Rover enthusiast outfit just over the Glos-Oxfds border along the A40. Cost a lot more than you paid but, by pure coincidence I knew the engine having driven the donor car the year before. That's rare but, life can throw the occasional curve ball ... good or bad. Delighted with that engine and sold the turbocharger which helped reduce the cost I paid. Kept the MG 6 Exhaust Manifold which has an additional stud fastener to clamp it to the cylinder head compared to the K-Series it was based on. Lots of other real improvements made by the Chinese. Nothing special but, they have the financial backing to sort things whereas Longbridge under both foreign ownership and the asset stripped remnant company known as MG-Rover for whatever reasons were not allowed to do.
Bad luck for you. Hope you can sort it for a more positive outcome.
Now that MG6s have been around for a few years now, accident damaged cars are turning up as spares or repair. I will source another MG6 engine in the near future.
Finally, I take the time to post all this so that anyone searching for information on this subject may find it helpful.