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1980 MG MGB RoadsterReview
paullubbock writes:
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A Diminutive Classic —

I have had the MGB LE Roadster for 1 year, purchased from a friend. This is a very tiny sports car from a different era. It doesn't have any current contemporary cars to compare to. The styling you will like or not. I think it is sporty and classic. It handles well, the small inline 4cyl with about 90HP easily pulls the tiny car up to 80MPH on the interstate at 3200RPM so for such an old machine it can still hang. The seats are roomy and comfortable and with the top off the view is amazing. The car sounds like a true British sports car of its era. If you too tall or too large, you probably won't fit, it is that small. The engine is plucky and my particular car is strong but acceleration is not up to modern standards. Breaking on mine is a little mushy but I have been told this can be fixed. Mine is a particularly well running, rust free sample but many have long since rusted apart or driven into the ground. Parts are very inexpensive and they are easy to maintain. If you want one just find one that is rust free as possible, the rest you can find and rebuild. To adjust the valves this is the pattern: using 15/1000 feeler guage slide in between valve and bottom 13mm wrench and large screwdriver needed Value must add up to 9 When 1 is open adjust 8 3 will be open so adjust 6 7 will open you adjust 2 8 open check 1 6 open check 3 2 open check 6 5 open check 4

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Classic looking, unique, sporty, great handling, amazing sound, fun entertaining small car

Cons: Horsepower that once made this a sports car is no longer enough for sports car rating.  Although it is enough for the average car. Breaking a little mushy, could be my sample. Very mechanical and harsh by modern standards.

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1980 MG MGB Roadster Review
MGB1980 says:
Excellent value for money - All parts available - easy to drive - newer big bumper models ugly to look at except mine has upgraded and colour coded bumpers (Photos to follow). Very bad reputation for losing cylinder heads. I replaced the engine recently (7 miles ago) and my car IS NOT FOR SALE.
vs1970 MG Midget
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Looks/Style Ranked 1970 MG Midget worse.
"Better proportioned - The midget is aptly named!"
Family Car Ranked 1970 MG Midget worse.
Value Ranked 1970 MG Midget worse.
"How about ten years younger?"
Would Buy Ranked 1970 MG Midget worse.
"Its wider, longer, (which improves the proportions) better looking and more powerful"
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