Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - ROGER PARKER

As the tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer for the MG Own­ers’ Club, Roger knows these cars well, hav­ing owned each of the Z mod­els over the years. ‘I re­mem­ber fol­low­ing this ZR be­ing built at the fac­tory when we bought it new in 2004. I’d sold some other cars to fund the pur­chase of a ZT260 so this one was for my wife, and al­though she now has a newer car, it was too good to sell so I kept it for my­self to use. It’s a daily driver that’s still only cov­ered 65,000 miles and we chose the 120 model over the more pow­er­ful 160 as there is still plenty of per­for­mance on of­fer in day-to-day driv­ing. Plus, it’s less com­pli­cated and cheaper to in­sure. A slight but con­tin­u­ous coolant loss at around 45,000 miles meant I changed the head gas­ket as a pre­cau­tion, swap­ping to the up­dated multi-layer item, and it’s been trou­ble-free ever since. I’ve also added a stain­less steel ex­haust sys­tem with an X-Power twin-pipe rear si­lencer which im­proves the cos­met­ics and lasts much longer. Both the ZR and ZS are great value for money, so it’s a shame that so many have dis­ap­peared over the years.’

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