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I've enjoyed reading this thread
Thanks Mollydog 馃檪.

Tale isn't ended yet, I am mentally committed to another year in this car as a minimum.

Now have to decide if I should fit the Mintex discs and pads to the front myself or pay someone.

Then decide what tyres to fit, Kwik Fit have a Nexen tyre for 拢66 each fitted that is only 68db and B rated in the wet. Or do I pay a half as much again to get Rainsport 3s plus the hassle of awaiting delivery and then having to get them fitted!
 

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Well I've only gone and done it!


Replaced my own disks & pads on the front of my MG6. Last time I did anything with disassembly of brakes would have been in about 1982!

Feeling really pleased with myself, Mintex Brake box cost 拢44 for front disks & pads, ref# MDK0185. I had to buy an impact driver and made a piston press.

Brakes are working lovely with good pedal feel. Easily within the ability of your average person, but you do need a torque wrench & 1/2" socket set as well as T45 & T50 bits for the impact driver.

Got two new tyres fitted as well, I went budget but they are B rated in the wet.

A good few hundred 拢 saved today 馃檪
 

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At 119,970 miles my MG6 started to misfire quite badly, flashing up the engine warning light. Being dual fuel petrol/LPG I could quickly rule out a fueling issue as the car was as bad on both fuel types.

I already have Magnecor plug leads and a quick inspection showed them to have no obvious fault.

With the spark plug cover removed and someone reving the engine for me I could see sparks arching from the coil pack on the number 3 cylinder.

I expected replacement coil packs for a K series to be readily available, but no! MG garage had none in stock and needed 2 days to get some. Two nearest X-Part dealers had none in stock, with one saying no longer available. Land Rover dealers none in stock. A local Land Rover specialist showed in stock on their website but when I phoned up they explained they had none in stock and the website was indicating they can get them from a supplier WTF?

I had more faith in Brown & Gammons getting them to me for the next day than Rimmer's. 拢30 each (2 are needed) from Brown & Gammons and true to their word arrived the following day. 10 minutes to fit and all is good in my MG6 world again 馃檪.
 

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On my way into work yesterday (yes Sunday!) I called at my usual LPG filling station, Extra Gas in Eccles. I filled the LPG tank and proceeded to work, later that day I travelled from Work to Home. I did a total of 54.2 miles from filling the LPG tank to arriving back home, I then parked up the car and didn't use it again that day. This morning (Monday) I travelled from home to Extra Gas, a total of 53.5 miles. I refilled my LPG tank using the same pump, they only have one, which auto switches off when the tank is full. I needed 12.3 litres of LPG to fill the tank at a cost of 53p per litre.

So Total distance travelled was 107.7 (54.2 + 53.5) miles at a cost of 拢6.52 (12.3L x 拢0.53).

The cheapest fuel I can buy close to work is Asda at 拢1.267 per litre for unleaded, my 拢6.52 spend on LPG would have bought me 5.146 litres of unleaded from Asda, or 1.132 UK gallons in old money!

My LPG powered MG6 that has now covered 124,000 miles, 104,000 of those on LPG, travelled 107.7 miles at an equivalent cost to using 1.132 Gallons of Asda petrol, an astonishing equivalent to 95.1mpg.

I didn't travel slowly, I drove normally. Typically just over an indicated 70mph on motorway and either at the posted limit or prevailing traffic speeds everywhere else.

With the demonisation of diesel and the expense of Battery electric vehicles could it finally be LPGs turn in the UK, for a short while at least?
 

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I repeated the exact same journey yesterday evening/this morning. When I came to fill up with LPG I needed 13.8 litres. On the way home last night I was stuck in a line of traffic behind a Shell tanker with speeds dropping as low as 20mph on the uphill sections of the Pennines - I am sure this is where I would have used the additional fuel. An additional 1.5 litres is only 80p so I wont loose sleep over it :).
 

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Got my first real big bill from the MG6 yesterday - 拢913. Both front wishbones replaced plus an early service & MOT, I didn't want to spend all that money on the Wishbones to find another big bill would follow immediately, hence the early MOT.

The car will be at 129,000 miles before the week is out so I cant really complain, especially as it is still on its original clutch, wheel bearings & all other suspension components (aside the newly fitted wishbones). It will need anti roll bar links replacing soon.

My mileage will reduce by about a half in the early spring and I have mentally committed myself to 2 more years in my MG6 on this basis. I will continue to carry out any required maintenance unless it all goes horribly wrong and becomes uneconomical to persevere with this car.
 

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Booked in for the ARB drop links to be replaced on Wednesday, another 拢200! It is going to MG again as local garage cant supply, they will fit for me but obviously offer no warranty so it feels like a false economy when for a bit more 拢 I can have MG supply & fit and warrant their work & parts. Hopefully we can get back to economical motoring when its done.
 

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Another 拢213 bill for the ARB droplinks, taking my recent maintenance, MOT & service costs (Inc 2x tyres) to a shade under 拢1250. On the upside that would only be 6x months PCP/lease payments and increased fuel costs on a cheap new Dacia or MG3.

So all is good in my MG6 world again :).

Mileage is now over 130k miles but the car looks and runs great with no appreciable wear to the interior.
 

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If you have read this thread in full you will already know my 2012 MG6 has a full dealer service history, all done by Maple Garage in Sproatley over the last 130k miles. They also fitted the LPG system for me at 20k miles. In part I credit my cars reliability to the quality of Maple Garages service. They are not cheap and it is almost 150 miles round trip for me but the car hasn't suffered the faults some are plagued with. Maple Garage are my lucky charm, I dare not go anywhere else for service work. For replacement ARB droplinks I figured I was safe to shop closer to home.

Today I had the ARB droplinks fitted by Eric Stead in Ecclesfield, a much closer 14 mile round trip. I have used them previously for supply of a few parts and even tried to buy a MG3 from them. Back when they first became an MG Motor dealer they refused my request to service my MG6 (due to LPG install) and subsequently refused to carry out some warranty work for me, advising me to use the garage that supplied my car ( the long defunct MG Bradford). So I was unsure of the experience I would receive this time round.

I accept it's fair the LPG system put them off, not so much the warranty work which was only cosmetic. We bought our 2017 MG3 from the sales centre, an identical car to one we had seen at Eric Stead, same colour and the cars had been pre-registered 2 days apart. I tried to give Eric Stead the sale but they were 拢1400 dearer and not prepared to match the sales centre price. Dealing with their parts department has been excellent on the two occasions I have bought parts though. When I called to order the ARB droplinks I got the same efficient service and this is why I decided to give them another go at working on my MG6, after confirming that the LPG system would not be an issue and no desire to do this myself in February.

I dropped the car off at the pre-arranged 8:45am, as I was leaving the garage I was stopped and asked to confirm if I was having one or both sides done. I knew exactly why! The car was booked in for both last week and the parts had to be ordered from MG. Yesterday I had called to confirm my car would be ready by midday and the parts department admitted to me they had sold one of the ARB droplinks to someone else! A replacement was due sometime today, but the service dept currently only had one, hence the question. I was already anticipating this work would need two visits!

Now I had to cool my heels for a few hours and Ecclesfield has a Morrisons and not much else. Many people sware by a Morrisons breakfast, but I really wanted a Spoons breakfast - along with the free coffee refills as it was going to be a wait for my car!

Nearest Spoons is 1.5 miles away in Chappeltown, frequent busses in both directions but it was a nice morning and I had time to kill so I walked it.

What is the point of all this waffle (you are now asking)?

In that 25 minute walk I saw double digit MGZS in the wild, I was only counting the cars coming towards me and not particularly searching for them. I must have missed more especially the ones travelling in the same direction as me, I bet 20+ passed me. I saw one MG3, one MG GS and no MG6. I was astonished! Eric Stead are definately doing something right.

Spoons delivered on their breakfast, pancakes & syrup plus a bacon butty & three Moccas for not much more than some places charge for a single Mocca. At 11.05 I set off back, buzzing from all the free coffee.... The busses between Spoons in Chappeltown and Eric Stead in Ecclesfield are literally every few minutes, the MGZS travelling the same route are much more frequent! I still had time to kill and started to walk but knew I could hop on a bus if the call came in early.

The call came in just as I walked past the Ecclesfield Morrisons at 11:30, the missing part had just arrived and did I want my car cleaning. I declined the clean and was assured my car would be ready at midday.

Queue slow walking, a mooch around the cars on display outside and inside, including the unregistered MGB that had sat in their showroom for 40 years! I found myself especially drawn to a metallic blue MG3 if only it was available with the 1litre turbo and an auto box. The interior is much nicer than our 2017 freeform sport, but it is considerably more expensive than the price we paid. More expensive than my pre-reg MG6 was in 2012!

I don't pay much attention to new cars but the current MG models have lovely interiors, I would be happy to live with any of them. Especially the HS, the front seats are - well, just awesome! Right now I can't justify swapping to any of them, but I am impressed .

I sat myself down in the service dept waiting area at about 5 minutes to 12. I opted to not avail myself of the free coffee as I was still buzzing from all those Spoons Moccas (usually one instant coffee is my total for the day). Before I could shuffle my butt into a comfy position on the trendy barstools my car was ready. Plus a free health check & report had been completed whilst they were waiting for the part. Now it was only serviced & MOT by Maple Garage on the 6th January but it is reassuring to have another set of eyes confirm all is good.

Work completed as requested in the time scale promised and at the price quoted. What more can you ask for?

I plan to keep my MG6 for two more years, 10 years together. My mileage will reduce by a half from March this year taking it to 150k miles in 2022. So no opportunity for Eric Stead to sell me a car or service my current one till after then. But our MG3 will need servicing in September, so I may just give them that opportunity and save me a trip to Maple Garage. Mind you Maple Garage always give me a car and point me towards the East Coast for the day, and as you now know Ecclesfield only has a Morrisons!
 

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Astonished to hear you are on the origianl clutch! You must have a magic foot! I assumed, I would be changing mine after five years, but its coming up for seven now and not costing me anything apart from wear and tear. Gives me more time to save for the e motion !
 

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To reward me for all the money & attention the car has received in the last few months it blew its nearside dipped headlight. Replacing a dipped beam bulb in an MG6 is a challenge, especially the nearside. If you have an LPG system like mine it is impossible without bumper removal! That is actually OK though as the nearside front fog has been out over a year and I wasn't taking the bumper off to look at that - especially as the garage had replaced the bulb a year ago and then concluded I needed a new lamp housing at 拢260 fitted.

Bumper off it was then. First problem was the headlight didn't work with the new bulb in either. A continuity test on the internal wiring in the headlight unit eventually showed the crimped on connector to the bulb was open circuit but the wire in the crimp was good?? The exposed copper wire in the crimp wasn't "bright" and the insulation was heat deformed at the crimp, the Plastic H7 bulb connector was also a bit heat deformed. I re-crimped the connector and the headlight then worked, I also swapped out the offside dipped beam bulb at the same time as I don't want to be taking the bumper off again anytime soon (or so I thought!)

With the bumper off and nearside headlight out I could get access to the nearside fog lamp. With the meter I was able to diagnose the earth wire was open circuit, it turned out to be a loose screw connecting the earth lead to the bulb holder, bit of a win on that one :). I rebuilt the front end and then spent the rest of the day/night fretting about the headlight, I knew I had bodged it, I didn't want it overheating again and damaging the headlight unit (not an unheard of problem with the MG6).

Next day bumper off again - AAAAaaaaarrrggghhh! I had picked up a replacement H7 bulb holder from halfords, for 拢3.29, and replaced the heat damaged one along with the ends of the wire. The front end of the car all came apart and went back together much quicker on this second attempt :). All is good in my MG6 world again, the headlights can be on for up to 4 hours a day on my commute and have worked reliably & without issue since.

Only other noteworthy point is the insurance renewal, from tomorrow I will be reducing the frequency of my commute to just twice a week and in turn reducing my expected annual mileage to under 8k. My renewal was just 拢210 for the year on this basis with Adrian Flux :).
 

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You are testing me MG6! First off I drove 50 miles thinking a wheel bearing had gone, only to discover the front O/S brake disk shield had collapsed into the wheel rim! After all the expensive work on the front suspension recently by two MG main dealers and no one noticed it was rusted away.....

Well that was a no cost issue, it's not an MOT requirement and needs the hub removing to replace, so it is what it is!

Due to my new work schedule the car has stood unused for 5 days, now the effing drivers door won't unlock! Another common fault needing 拢90 of parts. At least the part is readily available and due to be delivered tomorrow. I will fit if myself.

I have put too much money into the MG6 over the last 3 months to back out now, but I am peeved.
 

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Replacement lock fitted in under an hour, one of the connecting rods was tricky to disconnect/re-connect as you are pretty much working blind. One thing I did discover was that the failing lock wouldn't work until I climbed over from the passenger side and started the engine, perhaps that gave the solenoid a current boost enough to free it. This method worked successfully on three separate occasions whilst I was waiting to get the new lock fitted. Todays 52 mile run to work was thankfully uneventful.
 
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