Don’t for­get the diesel!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

I was look­ing for­ward to read­ing your re­cent buy­ing guide to the MG ZS ( CCW, 5 April), but found my­self dis­ap­pointed.

In the first sec­tion of the ar­ti­cle you state that the diesel ver­sion of both the ZS and ZR was dis­con­tin­ued in 2004. I have a 2006 reg­is­tered ZS facelift diesel

sa­loon (with full 180 kit fac­tory fit­ted) sat out­side as I write as well as a 2005 sales brochure that most def­i­nitely lists the diesel as a cur­rent model.

You also seem to have fallen into the same trap as Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics magazine in as­sess­ing the ZS and ZR to­gether. They are dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent cars with, in my opin­ion, the ZS be­ing both bet­ter built and bet­ter han­dling than the ZR… and yes, I have had both.

But my main gripe with the ar­ti­cle is what hap­pened to the diesel? There was no more men­tion of the oil burner af­ter claim­ing it was canned in 2004. While an av­er­age per­former in stan­dard form, a few mi­nor mods can turn it into a very en­ter­tain­ing and still very eco­nom­i­cal sports sa­loon with­out all the wor­ries as­so­ci­ated with the petrol en­gines. James Adams, Durham

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