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#1 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 11:42 AM
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Bimmer Enthusiast thinking of getting either an MG B or MG Midget

Ok, so I have a 318iS. That's my daily driver. It gives me shit sometimes but for the most part it is reliable enough to get me from point a to boint b in style I might add. But see, my dad has an MG Midget that hasn't been running for years. At best its a lawn ornament and would be more than it's worth to restore. But the other night I had a dream that it was running and I was driving it. It made me decide that I am undoubtedly going to save up my money and get either an MG B or MG Midget anywhere from 1969-76 . I will probably pay around 3,000 for it and of course it will be unreliable as hell but thats alright it will still be fun. Has anyone owned a car like this? I was just wondering what you all thought of such a vehicle.
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I think they are cool. British sports cars are definitely the way to go, if you appreciate them for what they are. I looked at a MGC GT for awhile, but I'll have to wait until one falls in my lap... This wasn't a stock edition, but I like to think that I could do the fender flares and all that to a stock one, so that it would have the proper street prescence.


I guess the other issue is that I'm a rather tall individual (6'4" 220ish) and I already pretty much "wear" my E30. I don't care though, I can feel everything that's going on in my car, and I like it that way.

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Yeah see, I'm 6'4'' too and I had recently tried to sit in the MG MIdget lawn ornament we have and I couldn't fit in it without the top down but thats the whole fun of the thing. I think everyone owes it to themself to own a british sports car at least once in their life. What I was thinking though is that an MG midget only has about 50HP if it's lucky so perhaps it might due to put some type of high output toyota engine in it like they do with the Lotus Elise. Who knows, its not for a couple of months anyway that I will be getting a little toy car but eventually. Would you folks rather have the MG Midget, MGB GT or the MGB Roadster? And yeah, that pic is sweet I WANT IT!
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One vote for the GT.

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but why the GT though?
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I owned a 1978 MGB, and never got her on the road, legally.

all the emissions were removed from the car, making it impossible to get registered.

of course that does not mean I never drove the car !!

50hp is about right, but 50hp in a car the size of a shoebox felt like you were driving a Porsche !!!

if you are going to get an MG, the first rule is to make sure it has metal bumbers. do not get an MG after they started adding all the emmissions crap on it, and replaced the metal bumbers with the plastic ones. I think the cutover year was 1974, but I am not sure.

my grandfather had an Austin Healey MK3000, AWESOME car, but getting more expensive everyday. if ever I was to buy another british sports car it would be a big healey or a triumph TR5, i think those are the coolest looking 2 seaters of them all !!

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but why the GT though?
That's just the body style I happen to like.

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My uncle had an Austin Healey, I was very young so I don't exactly remember it but I would definately get one of those if I could afford it. Either one of those or a triumph TR5 or 6 like you said. Yeah, I don't really like the way the post 1974 mg's look anyway so I probably wont get one. And here in Albuquerque New Mexico where I live if your car is older than I believe 1974 you wont even have to pass any emissions. I just want something loud, rough, and sports car like ya know. Anyway keep those messages coming
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oh yeah forgot to ask, what type of problems did you have with your mgb? I mean certainly it couldn't have been the most reliable car you've ever owned. Lol, you see so many of them for sale that haven't been started in a couple of years. Would you suggest driving any further than 100 miles at a time in order not to get stranded? It's strange, the mgb gt is getting more expensive I don't understand. For a while it was like the M-Coupe which nobody wants because the way it looks so you can get an ass kicking car for a better deal than lots of other things. I guess people are starting to discover the GT. Anyway keep sending replies
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well, my car was in pretty bad shape, all the electronics were obviously questionable. most of the british cars were lucas electronics, positive ground systems, VERY BAD. the paint was good, covering a LOT of bondo. the interior was shot, nothing salvagable.

the engine was strong, started up everytime I wanted to, and this car had been in garages not being taken car of for years. all the emissions was removed from the car, meaning I had to invest tons of money to even get the car registered, which is why you want a 74 or earlier year.

i would not use my experience with MG's to base any of your purchasing decisions !! my car was crap due to neglect.

everyone makes replacement parts for the MG's, so keeping your car running will not be a problem.

if you like to tinker with cars, a british car is the way to go !!!

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if you like to tinker with cars, a british car is the way to go !!!

Not to mention that you'll have to carry at least 50 lbs of tools and extra parts (just in case)... I think that's the fun of it though, a car that is very temperamental, has character, has SOUL, and is fun to drive.
Shit, why don't you just get a 2002 cabrio?



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they made the 2002 in a cabrio? I didn't know that. I'm sure it's not as tempramental as any MG. My friend had a 2002 and only little things would get messed up and it would still run. I want something so tempramental that it wont run if you don't talk to it right! I don't know who talks to their cars but something with the soul of an MG you would have to occasionally pat the dash and say "good car." You would also have to name it. So I don't think I will get an MGB GT although they are pretty cool. I want a roadster. So, who would get an MG Midget and who would get an MGB? I am 6'4'' so I may have to go with the MGB because as I said earlier, I tried to sit in my dad's rusting MG Midget lawn ornament and I could barely fit in it. That is probably the fun of it. So what would all of you folks get?
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