Fitted I think …. well I flipping well hope so!!! Going to bang some reddex in it and give it a blast up the motorway … in the early hours of the morning so as not to draw too much attention to myself then going to go and buy a can of EGR extreme cleaner and spray the heck out of it and see if that works … then failing all else …. see about the part...
Suppose the fault could be related to just having had the emission test done (she said praying like heck!!)
From what I understand which was very little whilst practically having a nervous breakdown and pondering if my ears needed cleaning out is that its not just a valve on its own it gets fitted with some kind of programme unit that goes with it that needs coding to the car
I would try to reset the computer memory first as once a fault had shown it will not erase from the memory and will show at all times. its just a small device Diagnostic tool that plugs into the diagnostic socket and along with software the faults can be taken off, its not a cure if there is a fault but if it was just a bad reading at one stage quite often they do not show again. if there is a fault it will show again. far cheaper to try this first. I had a few faults that appeared on my car that never came back.
Edited to say for a diesel it ain't bad… full details are 0-62mph 8.9 seconds top speed 120mph (once your past the ton it keeps pulling away doesn't go flat when hitting the higher end of the speed limits so not hard to suspect you'd get a bit more out of it) economy 57.6mpg CO2 129g/km kerbweight 1485kg Engine 4 cyls, 1849cc, turbocharged, diesel power 148bhp at 4000pm, torque 258lb ft at 1800rpm gearbox 6-speed manual
Less electronics less to go wrong I'm hearing you on that one!
Winding windows up by hand or indeed the slide to the side with a clip was better than today's electric window that vanishes into the flipping car door if the cable gets fouled! Carrying a tack hammer under your seat so you could give the starter motor a smack if it had hic-cups, knowing exactly where to pull the choke out to on a particular car to fire it up in the cold.
However have got a liking for these heated seats …..
Oooo I remember years ago when you used to have the cable go on the speedo and it would bounce from zero to top speed up and down like a flipping yo-yo until it just said zero regardless of what you were doing
Used to fill up on two star at a push if feeling flush three star petrol and collect green shield stamps in a book
I weirdly don't know much about the MG cars but I completely know about egr systems. The most common thing I see is the egr valve sticking open or not closing fully after or during a MOT. I use to be a MOT tester and I have had cars chuck up fault codes and lights come on the dash after the smoke test which is when you rev the engine hard literally to the red line three times to check the soot content coming out the exhaust. However not many people drive there cars at full throttle and rev to the red line so the EGR valve suddenly has lots of crap blown through it and will operate outside it's normal movements. The EGR valves are renowned for sticking or coving up with carbon oil and soot so I tend to check it's visual condition and operation on a live data feed on a diagnostic tool first before condemning a EGR replacement. I have to say some of the pricy EGRs I use to replace on the vw and big Audis were like £350 £400 and some could be a few hour job to remove replace and program. However some are £150 and take 30min to replace so maybe just ring another garage and get a quote to make sure they are about the same. As I don't have the car in front of me and can use my computer to see what's going on I can't really help much more. EGR faults can be due to air leaks, MAF faults, soot, carbon build up, mechanical failure, the electrical side of the valve failing, my god and on and on.
what I miss most is winding open the front window what I do not miss with the oldest car I owned is waiting thirty minutes for the steam to build up. well it was a Stanley, Ok I am showing my age a bit but how many know how to drive a model T ? ha ha