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I was reading through one of the rover publications dubbed '01' - may 2004, some sort of magazine highlighting the MGR range and within that it stated that the MG Express was available with the 1.8 engine out of the ZR160? Has anyone been in one/seen one? This must be fantastic and certainly extremely rare - its not often you get a supermini derived van with anything over 100bhp.
 

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MGR_Petrolhead said:
I was reading through one of the rover publications dubbed '01' - may 2004, some sort of magazine highlighting the MGR range and within that it stated that the MG Express was available with the 1.8 engine out of the ZR160? Has anyone been in one/seen one? This must be fantastic and certainly extremely rare - its not often you get a supermini derived van with anything over 100bhp.
at my kids school the caretakers got one!!!! its in x-power grey on a 53 plate i think.
i'd love one for my courier work but unfortunately its not big enough!!!
 

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Quite alot of MG Rover dealers bought them for there parts delivery. I myself had two on the fleet and Stead's had at least one kitted with lexus lights.
 

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I mean how many small vans come with part leather and aircon, or even alloys on the standard equipment list? Many don't even have them as an option!

Thanks for the link. A rare opportunity to grab a bit of commercial performance.
 

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I mean how many small vans come with part leather and aircon, or even alloys on the standard equipment list? Many don't even have them as an option!

Thanks for the link. A rare opportunity to grab a bit of commercial performance.
Not a lot, but then again not a lot of companies want an inpractical and uneconomical petrol-engined hot hatch-cum-vans. :p

On a fleet scale, they usually opt for the base model with a low powered diesel engine, or maybe with alarm immobilisers and central locking relative to the sensitivity of their cargo.

However, on that subject I don't see why the 2.0TD Express/Commerce couldn't have done better. :(
 

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Not a lot, but then again not a lot of companies want an inpractical and uneconomical petrol-engined hot hatch-cum-vans. :p

On a fleet scale, they usually opt for the base model with a low powered diesel engine, or maybe with alarm immobilisers and central locking relative to the sensitivity of their cargo.

However, on that subject I don't see why the 2.0TD Express/Commerce couldn't have done better. :(
The only use there is for a "van" like the MG (outside of MGR) is as a pizza delivery car, and most people use knackered escorts for that.
Really its a great little car, but its not van material.
 

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It is strange that a rover commerce was £1000 more expensive than a rover 25 1.1i - yes I now the commerce had the 84PS 1.4 at £8995 but with certain items taken out surely the price gap should have been cut down?
 

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The only use there is for a "van" like the MG (outside of MGR) is as a pizza delivery car, and most people use knackered escorts for that.
Really its a great little car, but its not van material.
Or catering companies. The one I work for uses a Peugeot Partner (Citroen Berlingo) and I don't see why they have one as big as it is, we barely ever take anything bigger than cardboard boxes.

I think the Rover Commerce would have been a good vehicle for our workplace. Were based on a large country estate, and the classy image of the Rover compared to the Peugeot would have been better IMO.
 

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It is strange that a rover commerce was £1000 more expensive than a rover 25 1.1i - yes I now the commerce had the 84PS 1.4 at £8995 but with certain items taken out surely the price cap should have been cut down?
I agree, probably another one of Kevin Howe's brilliant ideas...
 
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