Business as usual
Bought: July 2012
Mileage: 10,152 miles
Actual economy: 36.9mpg
After the maladies associated with my MG6 ownership experience, I’m delighted to report that the car hasn’t missed a beat since getting some personal attention for MG Motor UK back in the autumn. I’m at now over 10,000 miles clocked up by a weekly commute between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and some driving in and around the Glasgow conurbation at weekends.
Fuel economy is okay considering the size & weight of the car, and the performance to be gained from the engine. Petrol is costing me on average £35 per week, which all things considered isn’t too bad. The car took the recent cold weather in its stride – lots of slushy conditions to contend with, but the ‘6 handled safely and securely. And the tumbling temperatures made the heated seats a must.
Some slight foibles remain. The car has a tendency to mist up, particularly the back window. Other owners have reported leaky seals that can give rise to water ingress into the boot, but mine has been consistently dry. The heating element dispatches the mist in good time, but it remains a bit of a nuisance. Also, there’s a bit of an annoying rattle coming from the boot, but the problem is intermittent which doesn’t help diagnosis.
A few notches up on the stereo volume disguises it. I’ve consistently been disappointed with the quality of the leather on the steering wheel. When I bought the car it had done 5,000 miles, and the leather was already very shiny suggesting the car was much older than it was. I mentioned this to MG when the car was getting its tender loving care from the factory technician, but they said there was no fault.
However, I’ve subsequently read that the quality of the rim leather (plus other fixtures and fittings) are being improved with the launch of the new diesel ‘6…
And speaking of the diesel, it looks as though my work commitments in Edinburgh are on the increase, so I’ll have to consider upping my appearances over in the capital. Not wanting to move home (I’m not one of those Glaswegians that could ever consider Edinburgh home), it means I’m going to have to consider investing in a diesel in order to make the journeys more economic.
Should I stick with a ‘6, or will I be tempted to look elsewhere? And how much depreciation will I have to contend with? Planning to start looking seriously over the next couple of months, so I’ll keep you posted.
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...
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