Well, the bashers are out there again… According to a new survey by Warranty Direct, MGs and Rovers are more likely to suffer from head gasket failure than any other make or model. I’m fairly sure we all knew that, though the debate no doubt will continue to rage as to whether this is an inherent design fault, or down to poor maintenance.
As someone who has owned over 10 K-Series powered MG/Rover/Land Rover models and has never fallen victim to head gasket failure (seriously, and my quota includes an early MGF…), I can see how one feeds the other, but my feet are mostly in the poor maintenance camp.
I wouldn’t even be giving this research the light of day were it not for the fact that HGF is described as ‘the glitch most feared’ by used car buyers, with costs of up to £700 to repair. Providing the head hasn’t warped, surely there are scarier failures out there than head gasket failure? But yet again, the K-Series’ one weak point is held up as a board for others to bash, conveniently forgetting its power output, impressive torque, lively performance and eminent .
My daily is a Discovery 3. I’m much more frightened of its electrical systems failing, or of the tiny coolant pipe under the air con compressor going again, which cost me £12 in parts and £1,400 in labour to repair…