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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 24-03-2016, 16:40 Thread Starter
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Is tf 160 2005 vvc

Hi all, hope you are all looking forward to MG Live this year. Would appreciate if you guys could give me advice on buying a 2005 TF 160 Its going for £3200 with 19,000 miles only. Its bright Blue with 160 badges on side wings, Trophy wheels & 4 pots. I don't know if its VVC or not, but sure all the 160's were VVC. It needs a clean internally I drove her last week and the rear boot open light was on. The radio not working and screw covers missing from the mirrors internally. I know they made them with the softer suspension but on this forum people are saying they changed the shocks due to the rough ride quality. I have an F MY2000 with multi layer HG, and don't want to be facing another HGF. Found the TF very smooth solid like a saloon car with no sports feeling to it but maybe she could grow on me.
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Seems a bit pricey for the year. All 160s are VVC. Suprised at the none sporty comment. The TFs are a lot firmer than the Fs and need revving to get the benefit from the VVC units. Also I would also get the boot light checked out.
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You are right all 160 use the VVC system but with any K series regardless of mileage you have the possibility of HG failure in my opinion better off just doing it along with a PRT thermostat conversion and up-rated oil ladder and been done with it at least you know what's been done. I agree with above tho price is miles to high
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Not sure the 160s ever had the badges on the side, just on the back. You should be able to tell if it is a VVC car as the rev counter will have the red line around 7200 and when you open the boot you should be able to see the VVC mechanism on the top of the engine.


I have never agreed with having the HG "upgraded" unless it fails. I would just put the money to one side in case it fails and then get it done.
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Being a 2005 or perhaps 04 car it should have PRT fitted already, also I agree with the sentiment that I wouldn't change the gasket unless it has gone.
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I'm supprised as you are a GOD on the TF's. If you look up Fast Jan's gallery she had a yellow TF 160 with chrome badges just 160 written.
They are a little big but it appears they replaced the rear badge for the 2005 year. Will go back to garage and check the dials. Also with just 31,000 km and the price is in euro @ 3700 thought it was reasonable. the seats feel so firm as it got very little use and the handling so solid it seems like a new car as such. Think you would find it difficult to get such a model with so little millage in UK as I have been searching
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A god? I doubt it, only really have experience on the 2 TFs that I have got. I have never owned a 2005 160 and I did put "Not sure they had them".
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Seems a bit pricey for the year. All 160s are VVC. Suprised at the none sporty comment. The TFs are a lot firmer than the Fs and need revving to get the benefit from the VVC units. Also I would also get the boot light checked out.

I'm kinda thinkin' that its not too bad for the low mileage and £3200 means he will probably go down to 3K so worth a haggle.
Its still worth while getting it looked over really carefully though, check everything especially the coolant and oil condition. Subframe mounts and other rust prone areas are also to be scrutinised.
Trophy cars would be selling it for 4.5K at least,
I paid £2500 for my 160 last year with 59000 on the clock, but only bought it as it was really tidy and had the extras, such as air con and fog lights, full leather with an unmarked drivers seat and plenty of history.....and a warranty.


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I'm supprised as you are a GOD on the TF's. If you look up Fast Jan's gallery she had a yellow TF 160 with chrome badges just written
Yes, as i am aware, MY2005 160's had chrome '160' on the lower part of each front wing :-)
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To me it sounded like you weren't blown away with the TF, if you have an F at the moment then what would you get for £3000? Better the devil you know in my opinion, you know your car and it's history, 19K miles isn't a lot to do over 10 years, has that been 18K in the first 5 and 1 over the next 5? I'd stick with what you have, I get the impression you prefer the F to the TF anyway!
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