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Old 18-10-2016, 12:17 AM   #1
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Mg zr 160 (2003)

So keen readers will have seen from my previous project thread (http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=381484) that I have bought an MG ZR 160 in Trophy Yellow.

For a long time now I have wanted a yellow car and also something that I could enjoy on the occasional trackday.

However, it turns out that if you want something cheap, quick and yellow with more than two seats you don't have many options. In the end it was either a Peugeot 106 Gti (sorry lincolndanny), Clio 182 (sorry williamsclio1) or an MG ZR 160. There are others of course but I wanted NA which rules out Seat Ibizas and Leons and I wasn't sold on Millenium edition Ford Pumas.

This one turned up locally to me, and was a very badly conducted purchase in that a deal was agreed without me even driving it, it only has history from 2014 onwards and I am the 11th owner. But it is almost completely standard and looked "honest". Photos then:











Looks tidy enough doesn't it? Touch of paint mismatch on that front wing and bit of rust on the lower rear aside, of course.

Digging a little deeper highlights a car with lots of ingrained dirt that needs some TLC. Basically, just the sort of thing I like.

Good sized boot, having seen use by a dog judging by all the hair. Rear headrests in a ZR rare I have been told?



Original badging



Moss in all the window seals



The worst of the four alloys. Note Landsail tyre...



Cobwebs and 2014 tax disc



Non original headunit and missing cigarette lighter



Plenty of dirt here



And never seen anything like this before



And the rear. At this point I hadn't used the back seats, this is how they were when I bought it although I had pulled the cables through from the boot



Still for £575 and an MOT until April 2017 I wasn't complaining. Plus the seller delivered it to Guildford for me, which was good of him.

The first thing I did, other than drive it to work, was to go round and see what was missing and what could be fixed. The main issue was that the exhaust fitted to it is for a 105 model, which both looks a bit weedy and might be affecting power. As luck would have it somebody was stripping a 160 locally and still had the back box so seven days in to ownership I headed off to see what I could get hold of. After a productive hour I came back with this:



- A correct twin exhaust, albeit made by a Klavius, and probably not long for this world
- A working clock
- A cigarette lighter
- Four wheel nuts to replace the locking ones one the car
- A boot carpet with sound proofing intact (missing from my boot carpet)
- And best of all, an original headunit as fitted to the ZR at the time

Since the current headunit wouldn't play CDs I decided that was the place to start. A reminder of what I had, made by Sendai whoever they are:



And a 2003 Kenwood all in and working. Apparently this was a £165 upgrade on the Kenwood radio/cassette that was fitted to ZRs at the time. Also, cigarette lighter in place to tidy things up.



Also troubling me was that I only have one key. This seems quite common out there in 2nd hand car land and I do wonder what happens to all those keys that go missing. So I bought a new blank and a new case for the existing remote.



Sadly the blank is for an MGF, which is subtly different to a ZR, something I only found out after I got it cut.... Still, the key fob case swap went well.



So plenty more to do, but thankfully I have all the paperwork relating to head gasket replacement and timing belt/water pump change in 2014, so at least that isn't anything to worry about.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 18-10-2016, 07:27 AM   #2
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These are pretty good. Especially on track. I have had a few I have currently got a MG Express 160 which I use for work. Had it for about 6 years. If you need to know anything then just message me. I used to work for a Rover MG dealer.
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Old 18-10-2016, 07:45 AM   #3
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Looks a good project and a future classic, just hope the reason for 10 previous owners isn't because it's a bit of a lemon

Looking forward to updates
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Looking good, loved your other projects
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I really do like these, great track cars!

Looking forward to seeing it all cleaned up.
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looking forward to seeing what you do with this James after the E39!
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Looking forward to more, I allways buy top brand tyres, but you say note ? to landsail tyres, I've just seen a Audi A6 on a 62 plate fitted with this make all round, I was shocked, but having now read good things about them, what is your opinion?
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Looking forward to more, I allways buy top brand tyres, but you say note ? to landsail tyres, I've just seen a Audi A6 on a 62 plate fitted with this make all round, I was shocked, but having now read good things about them, what is your opinion?
I certainly am no fan of Landsails, do what they say on the tin, sail across the land at the slightest bit of moisture
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A key with the weird pivot in it. My Rover '97 400 had one of those. Something to do with not breaking your knee on it in a crash??
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If it has a sunroof just watch for it leaking in.....something to do with the metal parts rusting and splitting the seal, and rust around the back arches and rear suspension mounts................my ex had an 02 Rover 25 and it was terrible rust wise.

At least you haven't got rear doors too....as the seals go and leak water in!!

I'm looking forward to your updates on it
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