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Old 06-05-2012, 10:34   #1
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Experiences so far

Hi All,

I have posted on here within other threads sharing my on-going experiences with the new MG 6. Have owned it from new on 61 plate, from September last year and with 8.8k on the clock as of this morning. So i'm starting to build up a good impression of what I like and do not like about the car.

My experience with MG has been fantastic. The initial car that I bought failed it's PDI, something to do with the EMS. As result this had to go back to MG for fault finding and a replacement was sent. Great! They also compensated me with silverstone tickets and the dealers MG 6 magnette until mine was delivered and ready. 2 weeks later, it was here PDI'd and ready to go.

Since then I have used the car daily, I find the quality on the inside of the car to be ok, it's not too bad. However, the sound proofing isn't good at speeds, my partners 10 year old vw and my 5 year old focus was is much better in this area.

Sadly, its not been fault free. With the first problems appearing around 2.5 to 3k with random creaky noises on the steering. The dealership wasn't wasn't able to find a fault and the problem went away. Still to this day it does it on occasions, more so when its been cold and wet.

At around 6.5-7k I started getting a low coolant alarms, levels appeared to be fine, so it went back in and had a new sensor. They also ordered me a new reversing camera due mine being constantly fogged.

As of last week (around 4 weeks since it has its new sensor) the low coolant alarm returned, now the car is due to go back in next week for the new camera, so I have also informed them of this. They now suspect it could the float sticking. The problem only occurs after the car has been standing over night. It has also developed a clutch squeaking/spring type noise, which I need to inform them off. It mat seem picky, but you don't expect these things on a new car.

Last night I took some photos of the levels, the first one after a I had been on a run, and the second one this morning around 30 mins ago. I'm not liking what I see, and this somewhat concerns me.

The car is a pleasure to drive, would be even better without the problems though.

I will keep this thread updated as and when I get feedback


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Level after run


Level this morning

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Old 06-05-2012, 10:46   #2
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Looks like the coolant needs topping up. It's right that the coolant level is higher immediately after a run, the hot coolant has expanded (hence the name expansion tank) and that's totally normal. I'd be more worried as to why the coolant level is low.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:56   #3
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Looks like the coolant needs topping up. It's right that the coolant level is higher immediately after a run, the hot coolant has expanded (hence the name expansion tank) and that's totally normal. I'd be more worried as to why the coolant level is low.
Well, I can quote reliably that the levels when cold have never gone below the low mark. In my eyes the sensor is fine and doing its job.

I don't want to jump to any conclusions on the matter, as it's going in on Tuesday it is best for them to sort it out. As long as they can tell me, A) why the levels have dropped, and B) what they have done to fix it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:22   #4
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Good to see feedback like this, I hope you get your problems sorted. At least we now know the car isn't perfection, not many cars are.
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Old 06-05-2012, 14:54   #5
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Any pics of he whole car.....I don't we have seen that yet?
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Old 06-05-2012, 15:58   #6
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Any pics of he whole car.....I don't we have seen that yet?
Not yet, although I will be washing it tomorrow so I will take some pictures then and post them up.
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Old 06-05-2012, 16:57   #7
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My pal had a 60 reg [new shape] VW Polo coutesy car whilst the insurance claim went through when someone rear ended his Metro GTa. The coolant level on that was under minimum. It wasn't ours and we didn't touch it. The car wasn't much more than 6 months old at the time.

No matter what brand, cars aren't what they used to be in the late 90s early 00s...
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Old 06-05-2012, 17:18   #8
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My pal had a 60 reg [new shape] VW Polo coutesy car whilst the insurance claim went through when someone rear ended his Metro GTa. The coolant level on that was under minimum. It wasn't ours and we didn't touch it. The car wasn't much more than 6 months old at the time.

No matter what brand, cars aren't what they used to be in the late 90s early 00s...
I can only speak of my experiences so far. Other people don't seem to be having any similair issues at the moment, and I hope that continues as it is a nice car. It would be nice to hear from people who have had the car over a simliar period and millage though.
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Old 06-05-2012, 20:15   #9
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I'd be concerned if the coolant wasn't the correct colour more than the level dropping. Likely that there is a pipe loose somewhere and that's allowing an escape of coolant. How many times have you topped it up since you got it ?
My 800 needs topping up quite often but I know it's a leaky water pump or pump gasket so I'm not concerned over head gasket problems (being an M-series and all ).
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Old 06-05-2012, 20:42   #10
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I'd be concerned if the coolant wasn't the correct colour more than the level dropping. Likely that there is a pipe loose somewhere and that's allowing an escape of coolant. How many times have you topped it up since you got it ?
My 800 needs topping up quite often but I know it's a leaky water pump or pump gasket so I'm not concerned over head gasket problems (being an M-series and all ).
Only once, and this was before it went in the first time. I'm leaving it for the dealership to see for themselves though. Will hopefully find out next week.
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Old 06-05-2012, 21:00   #11
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Looking forward to your pictures tommorow.
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Old 06-05-2012, 21:15   #12
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Only once, and this was before it went in the first time. I'm leaving it for the dealership to see for themselves though. Will hopefully find out next week.
I would check to see if the pressure cap has been tighter correctly if the level has only dropped since they replaced the sensor, the other thing is they may not have tightened a pipe.

The PAS on the MG6 is hydraulic, I have owned other cars in the past with this type of assistance and when the fluid is cold they do whine.

I am pleased to say I have still no issues, just had a weekend away, done around 250 miles averaged about 38 mpg.

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:20   #13
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I would check to see if the pressure cap has been tighter correctly if the level has only dropped since they replaced the sensor, the other thing is they may not have tightened a pipe.

The PAS on the MG6 is hydraulic, I have owned other cars in the past with this type of assistance and when the fluid is cold they do whine.

I am pleased to say I have still no issues, just had a weekend away, done around 250 miles averaged about 38 mpg.
Hey, the run mpg on run is better than expected for me, so its good to see that your getting good mpg. I wasn't seeing them figures until It had done some running in.

I'm famliar with the PAS wine, and it's not the whine. This sounds like a creak of ball joint sort of creak. It's totally random, and it doesn't do it for the techs at the dealers.

In regards to the coolant, I've had some feedback from some people about some clips not being secured correclty duirng the UK assembly. They said my pictures may confirm this, so I will feed this back on to the dealership and they can take it from there.

Off to wash it soon, so I will take some snaps and post them it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:35   #14
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I'm famliar with the PAS wine, and it's not the whine. This sounds like a creak of ball joint sort of creak. It's totally random, and it doesn't do it for the techs at the dealers.
I've also heard a creak on full lock at low speeds while manoeuvring. Just a split second noise. My parents Nissan used to do it as well from new so I haven't really taken much notice. I might mention it when it goes in for a service in October. It's rare and infrequent as you say.
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Ive had the coolant expansion bottle cap replaced on mine as that was the cause of the level dropping (a very small amount) other than that its fine after 11500 miles
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Hey, the run mpg on run is better than expected for me, so its good to see that your getting good mpg. I wasn't seeing them figures until It had done some running in.

I'm famliar with the PAS wine, and it's not the whine. This sounds like a creak of ball joint sort of creak. It's totally random, and it doesn't do it for the techs at the dealers.

In regards to the coolant, I've had some feedback from some people about some clips not being secured correclty duirng the UK assembly. They said my pictures may confirm this, so I will feed this back on to the dealership and they can take it from there.

Off to wash it soon, so I will take some snaps and post them it.
Look forward to seeing the pics. Our Peugeot 308 steering makes a crack noise when it is very cold but ok during the summer. when it went in for it's first service Peugeot said that it was just a characteristic.

We have been spoiled by electric power assistance!

I would not have thought it was the clip if the level had not reduced previously, hence the suggestion of the cap, I had a similar problem with the MG ZR.
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Did you know that there is an accepted issue with the float in the coolant tank where there is a factory-approved improvement? Talk to your dealer or look at the MG6 Register on Facebook.
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Old 07-05-2012, 14:37   #18
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Did you know that there is an accepted issue with the float in the coolant tank where there is a factory-approved improvement? Talk to your dealer or look at the MG6 Register on Facebook.
I have since being made aware of this, and I believe that this has already been done or changed on mine. I think the alarm is now re-occuring because the levels have dropped below the 'min' mark when cold. This leads me to believe that somewhere the coolant has dropped in one form or another. I have noted this down and will speak to the service guys in the monring.

Not washed the car, but got some pics so I will add them once I have transfered them off my phone.
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Look forward to seeing the pics. Our Peugeot 308 steering makes a crack noise when it is very cold but ok during the summer. when it went in for it's first service Peugeot said that it was just a characteristic.

We have been spoiled by electric power assistance!

I would not have thought it was the clip if the level had not reduced previously, hence the suggestion of the cap, I had a similar problem with the MG ZR.
Yeah I do agree with what you are saying. Although, I have had to top it up once before it went in for float/sensor fix. So it could have been doing it from the start.

As for the steering, well they have had a look at it and can't find anything wrong. So I'm happy with that, it doesn't do it often. As long as it doesn't become reoccuring I'm not too fussed about it.
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Top up your coolant. Seriously, if you're driving around with a lack of coolant you're just asking for trouble. Just tell the garage how much you've had to add whe you take it back to them.
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