It Lives!

Discussion in 'Rover Discussion' started by garythesnail, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. Fast Alan

    Fast Alan Mr September Staff Member

    Nice work,glad it's all running ok :)
  2. garythesnail

    garythesnail Drives a real bubble.

    I'm not sure I have the cojones to rely on Busty as the daily driver..........need to sleep on that one and think about it for a bit.

    It would keep mileage down on the Subaru by 10 - 12k a year, and the ZS is a nice drive (especially now I've chucked out MGR's clutch hydraulics. Lasted 110k miles ok but feels rubbish to use) with a lovely smooth V6. It sounds bloody great too (not that the WRX is too shabby in the acoustic department either)

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  3. garythesnail

    garythesnail Drives a real bubble.

    My experience with MG's and Rovers leads me to think they're far more likely to be suicidal rather than homicidal:eek:
  4. garythesnail

    garythesnail Drives a real bubble.

    Been rearranging the pecking (parking) order and couldn't pass up the photo opportunity.

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    While she is hiding at the back of the photo, Busty is now taxed and insured. Taken her for a bit of a test run today and 80 miles completed without drama, but coming from regular use of the STi has highlighted some quirks in both cars.

    Full janspeed on a V6 sounds great (albeit a bit anti-social)

    The cabin's a bit noisy......but I can hear the engine:) - STi is too quiet from the driver's seat.

    Where's the whoosh gone? No boost takes a bit of getting used to.

    Pootling about at 30mph in 4th (or even 5th on a flat level stretch of road) is a surprisingly nice feature.

    Instant throttle response is good. STi is slower to react but does give a lot 'more' when it appears.

    Engine braking is a bit of a novelty - STi doesn't offer the same retardation.

    I've got to stop changing straight from 4th to 6th gear..............6th in the Subaru is where reverse is on the MG:eek:

    I can't have put much weight on since 2005......the driver's seat that's been moulded by my backside is still comfy. The Recaros in the STi are bloomin good though.

    Body control is better in the MG (and the ride is more comfortable because of it). ZS is a little softer and better for it, but has no more body roll than the STi.

    Less rattles and shakes in the Subaru (no surprises there given it's 7 years and 80k miles younger)

    ZS feels lighter overall but still manages to feel noticably heavier at the nose.

    I'm having to get used to wheelspin. 4WD doesn't suffer this at all unless I'm really trying.

    ZS has crappy tyres..........but I'm far too tight to buy replacements until these are worn out (which may take a while - pretty sure it's a hard compound given the way it tries to scrabble about under load, but may be down to wet roads today)

    STi's Brembo brakes are great, if overassisted. ZS's cheaper single piston setup is still very effective. (The AP brakes on the TF are the best of any of the car's we've had - stopping power and pedal feel are brilliant). I expect the ZS's will get better with more use as the surface rust wears off.

    Subaru isn't exactly finger-on-the-pulse when it comes to 'infotainment' and the ZS is worse .......and I'm perfectly happy without bluetooth this and remote that...although I keep trying to turn the volume down on the steering wheel controls that I don't have in the MG:rolleyes:

    Do I feel that I'm driving a dated, inferior car when in the ZS? Yes, but not masssively so. Take in account the age gap, the dated (but fundamentally good) nature of the MG's underpinnigs and very low inflation between 2005 and 2012 coupled to the fact the ZS cost £14452 in 05 (some £4.5k down on list price and would have been about £1000 less again had I not specified full leather and the ironing board spoiler) and the STi £32k in 2012 and it shows just how much of a bargain the ZS was when new.

    And without a doubt - six cylinders are better than four:alien:, I just hope it proves to be good honest (and reliable) transport for at least two years and I'll be happy.

    BRMFUN Fun in a BRuM Moderator

    Great pic, wrong order though!!! :laugh:
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  6. Hamness

    Hamness Hoodie checker Moderator

    If you can't get the convertible of Jerry for the young un, try this one................
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  7. bennyboy7777

    bennyboy7777 Active Member

    My tf has the ap racing brakes and i agree with you 100%, they are superb.

    BRMFUN Fun in a BRuM Moderator

    Oh yeah..... :)
  9. garythesnail

    garythesnail Drives a real bubble.

    I'm not sure this is the right kind of handsfree kit for the ZS.:eek:

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  10. Fast Alan

    Fast Alan Mr September Staff Member

    I hear cable steering is all the rage.
  11. garythesnail

    garythesnail Drives a real bubble.

    The new-to-me steering wheel (from a TF) is a tad smaller and has the little bumps at ten-to-two. Much better condition than the old one and slightly fatter in the hands

    Tip for anyone doing the swap - pay attention to the wiring as the ZS / 400/ 200 wheel has the earth going back via a clip connection to the steering wheel and the TF wheel earthed via a multiplug.......which explains why the horn didnt't work first time around:confused:

    At £11 for the wheel and airbag including postage and another £15ish (can't remember exactly) for the rotary coupler I think it's a good little modification......although I don't have self cancelling indicators anymore:rolleyes:


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    Happy boy:grin:
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2017
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