Ant McGowan’s MG6 is piling on the miles, and it’s still going strong. However, one or two niggles are eroding his confidence in the car.
Is the honeymoon over?
Bought: July 2012
Fuel consumption: 36.7mpg
Well, it wouldn’t be an MG if there weren’t some niggling issues. And my ‘6 is certainly no exception. When I collected the car from Morrisons’ Garage in Stirling (remarkably, still the only MG sales dealership for the whole of Scotland), I noticed that the steering alignment wasn’t quite right with the car going to the left when the steering wheel was pointing straight ahead.
And when I got onto the M8 for the last leg of my journey home, there was a noticeable vibration in the steering around 70mph. I contacted the dealership the next day and arranged for the car to go back the following week (work commitments wouldn’t allow any sooner, and it’s not as though Morrisons is round the corner from where I live).
That was back in July, and the car has been back to the dealership a total of four times to try and rectify whatever the problem is. They’ve tried wheel balancing, swapping the wheels round, a four-way wheel alignment, and swapping the wheels with another ‘6 and still the problems persist.
In fact, after yesterday’s disappointing visit, the steering alignment is marginally worse, and the vibration at 70mph remains the same.
In addition, there’s been some other problems:
- USB port not recognising my iPod Classic
- Occasional satnav crash and reboot
- Poor fit of rubber seal around interior driver-side window
- Smelly aircon when first switched on
- Coolant warning light coming on in error
And the latest is the tyre pressure warning light being triggered for no apparent reason. So far, the only issues Morrisons have managed to fix is the coolant warning light (but even here they have not replaced the coolant bottle with the redesigned version that MG Motor UK have introduced in the latest ‘6s) and the smelly aircon.
Obviously all of the above are relatively minor irritations, but the steering misalignment and vibration at motorway speeds are causing me to lose confidence in the car, and Morrisons’ ability to sort it. Apparently, the dealership is making contact with MG in Birmingham about the problems and I should hear back next week to arrange for the car to go back for a fifth time.
All-in-all, the sheen is starting to come off my new motor, and I’m hoping that Morrisons and MG Motor UK will be able to rectify whatever’s wrong with my misguided ‘6 sooner rather than later – otherwise my mates will be proved right about my ‘misguided’ purchase.
As a hardened MG fan though, I’m used to the ups & downs of ownership, and despite everything it’s still one of the best looking cars on the road.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.