It’s been a while since I provided an update…
Firstly, the MG ZS 180 got finished and sold on for £500, the money went towards buying an MG ZT 1.8t which I’m using when the weather isn’t nice enough for the MG TF.
Secondly, the MG TF is painted and the finish is lovely, I’ll post pictures sometime, I did post them ages ago but we had a server issue and lost loads of data, hence the lack of updates.
Here’s a picture of the ZT…
When I got the car it has a boost problem, but the turbo was new so I knew that wasn’t the issue. In the end it turned out to need a new boost solenoid, only £40 and a 5 minute fix.
Then I had a problem with misfiring, after replacing the spark plugs, leads and coil packs it was still there. Found there to be a problem with one of the plugs that connect the ECU to the coil pack, it’s not completely fixed yet but I’ve managed to release some tension on the cable so it doesn’t misfire anymore. Basically, the car was running on two cylinders at times.
I had to MOT the car in february, £390 it cost. Needed a new number plate, suspension arm, spring, and a couple of bulbs.
Other than that, it’s been a great car.
Options for increased performance are limited given that it has the K series 1.8 engine, what I mean by that is options are limited if you don’t want to spend a fortune. The most obvious upgrade is to have the ECU remapped by Z&F, I think it costs about £230 and raised power output from 160bhp to just between 190-200bhp, which isn’t a bad increase for the money if I’m honest.
I don’t really have any plans for this car, there’s a couple of issues to fix, like the drivers side central locking motors which needs replacing and a new drivers seat cover if I can find one.
Now, onto the MG TF. It’s been in the garage for the winter with no tax or MOT. I’m about the sort out the insurance in the next week or so, and then put it in for an MOT and get some tax, hopefully just in time for the warmer weather, although if the weather is anything like last year, it’ll spend more time in the garage than it will out of it.
Fingers crossed the MOT goes ok, I’ll keep you updated.
A major update I almost forgot about, my wife gave birth to a lovely baby boy back in February, 3 weeks earlier than expected, but all was well. Hence the lack of updates on here as I’ve been took busy changing nappies etc etc