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Old 3rd December 2019, 01:36   #1
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Well, on the back of getting my MG ZT 190+ back on the road and working, it needed a good shake out, and I had a job to do, rescuing the contents of a people carrier I had had to abandon near Basel. So, I set out on a 4 day round trip, across the Channel and using the non toll motorways to Luxembourg, and then on to southern Germany where I stayed for a couple of nights with an old friend. The MG ZT was brilliant. It never missed a beat, and I got nearly 35 mpg out of it - which, for a 2.5 V6 like this was pretty decent. My old Rover 75 with the 1.8 K series engine gave me around 40 mpg, so I was impressed. I made it to Basel, rescued the contents of the people carrier (which is due to be scrapped soon!) and then returned on the Sunday. That was a one stage return journey that took me around 15 hours in all, and apart from a burst front bulb in one of the dipped beams, all worked fine. And - all that driving, my back feels fine - the seats were really supportive, which is more than I can say for that people carrier when it did work... So, thumbs up for the MG ZT!
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Old 3rd December 2019, 11:48   #2
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Sounds heartening, how many miles?
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Old 3rd December 2019, 20:08   #3
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This is exactly what the 75 excels at - long journeys in relaxed comfort. I recently drove 350 miles on a wet, Friday night to my brother's in Kent, with the usual stop-start stuff on the M11 and M25. Having a young puppy with us, we stopped 3 times on the journey, taking a total of 7hours, but still arrived fresh, and pain-free. The following day, we went to the in-laws in Gosport, better weather, and despite the M25, felt like a pleasant trip. 2 days later, and back to Cumbria - just 2 stops, and a lot of congestion in Staffs and Cheshire on the M6, but still arrived home feeling human. Unlike my previous, but newer Audi A4, which would have left me crippled with back and hip pain by Kent.
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I like that, very good and it is nice to see that plus 30mpg by KV6 is not as amazing as sometimes thought. Chris .S.
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about 2000 miles in all.
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It is pretty decent really - 35 mpg - when my old Rover 75 was giving me around 40 mpg. Nearly new oil and filter in there, good tyres all at correct pressure. Just the obvious things to keep the engine running smoothly, and being sensible with the right foot on the pedal.
The sense of driving quality was very much to the fore in this long drive - a real pleasure.
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