Product Type: Austin/MG cars
Newest Review: ... Thermostat) which was added to avoid the gasket failure of earlier models. I have the ZR160VVC and its the bees knees, it was cheap as chi... more
MGZR 160VVC A WOLF IN A WOLFS CLOTHING!
Author Name: Andi 160 VVC
Advantages: Performance,Fuel Consumption,Brings A Smile To My Face Everyday
Disadvantages: Interior Build Quality, Slighly Dated Interior,The Bad Rep These Engines Have, Eats Front Tyres
The MGZR 160vvc has a bad rep as do all Rover K Series engines but this is only due to bad owners who dont service and check the car etc. The head gasket is suppose to blow on this engine, but the gasket doesnt just blow just like that. Theres always something that causes the gasket to blow like a faulty fan,thermostat,water pump or if you have the later MGZR model the PRT is blocked (Pressure Release Thermostat) which was added to avoid the gasket failure of earlier models. I have the ZR160VVC and its the bees knees, it was cheap as chips with FSH and 12mths MOT when i bought it in May 2011. Its now covered 66k and no signs of head gaskets problems whatsoever! its just scare tactics! If you look after your car like i do and really care for it, (why wouldnt you if it cost quite abit of money) then theres no reason at all why the head gasket should go. Regular coolant and oil services every 8k and an all round checkover for leaks etc and that should suffice quite easily, then enjoy the car as it is a Pocket Rocket! Ive had a remap on mine which gave me an extra 11bhp, plus a Scorpion Full Decat exhaust and K & N Apollo Induction Kit. With these not over the top mods my car wipes the floor quite easily with any Seat Leon FR,Fiesta ST,Golf Gti when VVC kicks in. Acceleration is awesome, it really kicks you back in your seat. So if i was looking for a cheap and reliable performance car id definatly buy the ZR160. Id happily buy another 160 but they dont make them anymore, parts are very easy to find though.
Build Quality Inside
Remember dont be put off my this car,theres nothing at all wrong with them. Anyone whos says different obviously didnt look after theirs and suffered because of that. Il be back writing another review when my cars covered 100k and still on original gasket.
Summary: Dont Be Put Off By Scare Tactics