Spunagain's MG ZT260 Pages
Spunagain's ZT260 pages are under construction.
This page is made up of my own experiences and cullings from the Xpower forums
Do everything you would do if buying a second hand car, but here
are a few extra pointers for the 260 to avoid some of the common
Before you get in:
Check the paintwork, particularly at the front, as there have
been some iffy batches with badly adhering paint jobs.
Check the bodywork carefully even if it is a "new" car. These cars are
likely to have been stored for a year maybe even 2 and some have not
been treated very well - mine has a couple of dings which I didn't
notice until after I picked up the car.
Check all the tyres for uneven wear; they should wear evenly if the
suspension is set up properly. Check the rear tyres for wear on the
tyre wall from a potential intruding bolt. The 260 will eat tyres
so try and blag a new set if you are buying from a dealer.
Under the bonnet
Pop the bonnet. Look at the alternator belt; just under the
alternator look out for black witness marks on the engine block - see
photo. This is a sign that the alternator belt may be jumping and
car may be a belt eater like mine. It is too early to say whether this
is a real problem but you could use it to blag a spare belt off a
dealer. Start the engine (yes it does sound good, but don't lose your
head and write the cheque yet!) get the owner to switch the aircon on
and off and ensure the belt doesn't jump and that there are no whines
(or smoke!) coming from the aircon compressor.
Check that the screen wash bottle isn't cracked - fill it to the brim
and look for leaks under the car. It is an expensive job to replace as
the bumper and headlight has to come out.
Check the heater pipe is not on the way out.
If the car has sat-nav ensure the CD is the 2005 version latest or
Look out for performance Mods - an Accufab
throttle body is worth
£300 (shiny and no pony on it) but it will make
insurance harder to find and more expensive so get a quote before you
buy the car. The car may have a performance filter but you can't really
check for this as you have to remove the bumper to get at it! The
X-power exhaust is impossible to ignore!
Climb in and before you do anything else make sure the climate
control works (and not just at full blast). Make sure you can still get
the warm air as well as cold air. Also check that when you set a
temperature that the car actually gets near the set temperature and you
can control the actual temperature up or down.
If the climate control doesn't work haggle very, very hard or walk
away! (Personally I would walk away an not even part with a deposit
until the problem is resolved)
Check for damp carpets - this can be due to block drain pipes or leaky
seals and causes consensation and smell in later life (of the car).
Check for a noisy diff a few cars have had to have them replaced early
in life under warranty and there are still some new or low mileage cars
out there potentially with dodgy diffs. If it is noisy don't accept it!
Take the car over some rough roads and tight corners and listen out for
any clonks or bangs as the back, the problems are fixable but should be
sorted before you accept a car.
Check for rattles particularly from the parcel shelf and door trims.
The car should be as solid as a rock.
Listen for clunks when pulling
away. There may be a little driveline shunt, but mine doesn't so they
don't all do that sir! Clunks could be down to suspension problems or
exhaust heat shields, which is an easy fix.
Ensure the car pulls away strongly and cleanly even from very low revs.
If everything else checks out haggle and get yourself the performance
bargain of the decade!
There are many variants of spec out there. Basically there is the SE -
all the toys and non-SE which does not have: computer, sat-nav, Posh
stereo, electric seats, heated seats, rear electric windows, auto
wipers, self dimming mirror, full leather. But there are a few Non SE's
that have been built with many of these bits anyway so decide what you
really want and look for the car which suits you.
The ZTT is rarer than the ZT.
Note the SE adds nearly 100kg to the kerb weight and will be slower!
There are one or 2 specials out there; notably the ZTT285 at SMC
Slough, which is the only line-built supercharged car. But there may be
a handful of MGR development cars with "aftermarket" performance mod
factory fitted as experimental cars such as the ZT300 at SMC. Fun but a
bugger to insure!
This web page is designed and maintained entirely
by Spunagain. Please let me know if you have new information or
anything here is demonstrably incorrect!