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2008/05/20 20:32:36 (permalink)
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Never buy an MGF

I have just put my MGF up for sale and yesterday the bloody cam belt snapped I have been quoted £750 - £1000 to get it fixed. Options available are: Sell as spares or repair on ebay, fix the car and sell it or disappear it (crushed in scrap yard) and claim on insurance as stolen!! What would you guys do?? (car is worth approx £4000 inc hardtop)
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    daveshow
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 20:35:43 (permalink)
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    get it fixed and sell it. Cant you do any of the work yourself? i take it that thecar needs a new engine?

     


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    bobhail
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 20:40:27 (permalink)
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    TBH i am useless when it comes to cars. I'll find out tomorrow but i have been told they will be able to fix the existing engine. I was only doing approx 15-20mph (coming to a stop at a junction) so hopefully there is not a lot of dmage.
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:02:53 (permalink)
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    I'd get it fixed then mate. Perhaps it would be cheaper to replace the engine than repair it? If it does cost you £1000 then that is £3000 you can still make but if you scrap it and claim insurence you might get caught and done for fraud.

     


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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:18:40 (permalink)
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    Is it a VVC?

    You need to know what damage has been done first before you decide anything. The cambelts are not expensive themselves (2 if a VVC) ... but it's the labour which bumps it up as it's a time consuming job.

    I have had 2 head gasket failures if that makes you feel any better

    Whereabouts in the country are you? I have contacts all over the country
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    bobhail
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:20:47 (permalink)
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    Its a x reg 1.8 vvc. based in north wales.
    You've had two head gaskets on MGFs??? and your still sticking with them
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:23:55 (permalink)
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    Ahhhh North Wales, that is good - my car club is based in South Wales, I know a fair few of the boyos from up that way lol

    What area in N Wales are you in? Also which garage is it...is it a MG / Rover place or not?

    Yes 2 HGFs, the last one cost me nearly a grand to repair. If anything else happens to it I'm going to put a flame thrower to it
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    daveshow
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:27:50 (permalink)
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    You a hairdresser RedhotF?

     


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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:28:28 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: daveshow

    You a hairdresser RedhotF?


    No I am not. Erm my dad used to be though, does that count
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:31:27 (permalink)
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    Fraid not!:P Just wondering as I've often heard an MGF as being a hairdressers motor

     


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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:33:25 (permalink)
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    The car will be taken to a local garage in Holywell tomorrow. They do not specialise in any paricular makes but are very good at what they do. One of the mechanics has just fitted a cambelt to someone elses MGF two months ago!! I have only just put a new battery in it, had the radiator pipes underneath replaced as they both rusted and split and the bloody hydraulic suspension pumped up. I also forked out on a hardtop in November!!! I cant wait to get shut of it!
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:34:23 (permalink)
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    Yes it is classed as a salon-wagon. I can get away with driving it because I'm a burd ...mind you I do have a very rudeboy exhaust on it hehe
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:36:54 (permalink)
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    aw no not another girl racer:P

     


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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:38:11 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: bobhail

    The car will be taken to a local garage in Holywell tomorrow. They do not specialise in any paricular makes but are very good at what they do. One of the mechanics has just fitted a cambelt to someone elses MGF two months ago!! I have only just put a new battery in it, had the radiator pipes underneath replaced as they both rusted and split and the bloody hydraulic suspension pumped up. I also forked out on a hardtop in November!!! I cant wait to get shut of it!


    Well should be OK if you're taking it to a trusted garage. Will be both cambelts to be replaced if a VVC. Hopefully there won't be any damage to the engine, but will have to see what they say. It is the labour which bumps up the costs so much.

    I had the underbody coolant pipes replaced too - a known issue! Also I was pumped up about 2 months ago as the car was slammed to the ground ...actually looked really good!...but a nightmare going over speed humps.

    I would have it repaired, get it buffed up and sell it. Now is the best time of year to sell. The hardtop alone is worth good money.
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:39:10 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: daveshow

    aw no not another girl racer:P


    I have my moments
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 21:44:04 (permalink)
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    please look at this link and reconsider you actions

     


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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 22:15:43 (permalink)
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    cheeky get, lol
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 22:27:52 (permalink)
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    MGF'S-Had one on a trial to buy when they first came out within the first 2 weeks the power streering failed and fuel gauge made its own mind up how much fuel you've used!!-when they asked if I wanted to purchase it I laughed quite loud

    I'll cross that bridge after i've burned it.
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/20 22:35:15 (permalink)
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    Never buy an MGF


    Goes without saying doesn't it?
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    RE: Never buy an MGF 2008/05/21 00:44:22 (permalink)
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    There is a lot of work involved to fix this.

    - Take the cylinder head off (this could be a fair amount of labour in itself)
    - Remove the valves
    - bed in a set of new valves
    - clean up bits of stuck on head gasket from the cylinder head and block
    - re-assemble with new head gasket, bolts and cambelt (this will need to be tensioned correctly)
    - re-assemble the rest of the parts that have been taken off

    parts
    - Head Gasket £20
    - Cam Belt £30
    - 16 Valves £5-10 each
    - Cylinder head bolts £20
    - New manifold gaskets £10
    - maybe new aux belts £10

    Labour = hours 4hrs min, probably more like 6hrs+, labour will be £60 - £100 an hour
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