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Old 29-07-12, 04:45 PM   #11
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hmmm, I don't see the engine number anywhere - I've looked all around the engine bay - there is a picture in the hand book that shows where it is, but I don't see it....

I don't have the V5 back from the seller yet...
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Old 29-07-12, 04:51 PM   #12
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@Zippy Saloon....

II know it is wierd, I put the reg plate into gocompare and it came up with a 2003-2005 MG ZS 1600....

If a car has it's engine replaced then, presumably, DVLA would have to be told.... will it matter, as long as it drives okay?
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Old 29-07-12, 05:12 PM   #13
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Just had alook at mine - its dead hard to see - think torch, mirror and an ability to read backwards is needed!
Doesn't help that number is in form of dots, a little like the old dot matrix printers.

Its on a vertical bit of the casting, shown by the yellow line, actually on the block (pic makes it look a little like its on the mani):
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Old 29-07-12, 05:53 PM   #14
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Cheers Zippy.... so it is behind that exhaust pipe bit?

Looks like I have a shield protecting the manifold and I have just been for a blast so it is a bit hot! I might try to take it off another day to check the number. Is there any other visible physical differences between the 1600 & 1800?

Either way it is definately the most fun I have had on 4 wheels, bit like a big go kart!!

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Old 29-07-12, 06:25 PM   #16
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Welcome to the site. These cars are like big go karts, fun, stick to the road and great rouns bends................... Hope you enjoy yours as much as the rest of us..
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cheers stamford and daytona!!

I am already loving my purchase, I have a couple of pics now but will take some better ones tomorrow probably

Nice, friendly place here!
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Old 29-07-12, 07:13 PM   #18
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Looks like I have a shield protecting the manifold and I have just been for a blast so it is a bit hot! I might try to take it off another day to check the number. Is there any other visible physical differences between the 1600 & 1800?
Nope, externally the 1.4-1.8 (excluding the VVC & 135 engine in the TF) look identical. Only way to tell without stripping the engine and measuring bore diameters/rod lengths is the engine number (or on 82bhp 1.4's, measure the throttle body diameter).

The 1.6 is actually a really nice engine-not far off the 1.8 in power terms but IMO feels more willing to rev thanks to the shorter stroke.
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