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12 minutes ago, AZURES3 said:

They were fast when they held together For that era 0-60 in under 7.5 seconds 

shocked a minter still existed

 

I once used a Montego 1.6 HLS as a daily runner when I didn't want to take my MX-5 to work.  It was a car that took any abuse I threw at it.  

It was stupidly reliable, stupidly heavy and stupidly thirsty, but it just wouldn't break.  I had it for about 18 months and sold it for the same I'd paid for it.

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My mate's dad had a Maestro Turbo......  Holy sh1t that thing could move.  And he loved making it move when taking us to work!!!  :grin:

 

However, the 1.6 base spec I had a company loaner to drive to Plymouth and back.......  feck that was sad.  Absolutely guttless with no go.  As a Belmont showed me a clean pair of heels off a roundabout.

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My parents had a 1.3 base spec Maestro that I did a good job of destroying before and after passing my test. That was an infinitely better car than the heap of sh1t 1.6 HLS I had some years later. 

The 1.3 was, if anything, quicker than the 1.6, and it coped with everything I threw at it (except for the back of a Transit and a ditch... :secret:). 

The 1.6 HLS was a ****ing dog. Constant electrical and ignition issues that persisted despite replacing damn near everything. (Edit - and it was beige, inside and out).

I used to work with someone who bought one of the last Montego estates, Perkins tractor Diesel engine and all. It went (slowly) forever. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if he's still got it. 

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3 hours ago, garcon magnifique said:

 

The 1.6 HLS was a ****ing dog. Constant electrical and ignition issues that persisted despite replacing damn near everything. (Edit - and it was beige, inside and out).

 

My Montego 1.6 HLS was dark grey with full two tone grey velour seats and a dash made out of the hardest material known to man, or so it felt.

The bumpers used to crack with the slightest nudge and bits of fractured plastic would fall out like jigsaw pieces.

The windscreen wipers used to fly off the windscreen on the drivers side - but only ever in torrential rain when you most needed them. :roflmao:

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I had the MG Maestro, 2.0 EFi. In black. Mate had told me his Dad's could do 135mph, off the back of that i bought one. :roflmao: Couldn't stretch to the Turbo. I was paying more to insure it (named driver on Dads 'other' car..:secret:) than i was to buy it. Pissed old fart exiting the local golf club without stopping put an end to that one. 

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