Welcome to My Morgan M3W blog which ran for three years (November 2014 to December 2017). The blog is no longer updated but the email address on the about me page is still active.
I have been astounded by the response to the closure of westmog. The phone calls, emails (including a nice one from high up at the factory) and the kind words on Talk Morgan were all very much appreciated. I wish you all happy and safe driving. Thank you.
MMC AERO RACING STAGE 1
**Due to space restrictions on my free wordpress account I previously only sent the Stage 1 fitting instructions on request. As this is no longer an issue the PDF can be downloaded from the new Stage 1 page above or the page list on the right**
We worked out that three year Morgan depreciation actually cost less than some of our previous and forgotten two week vacations ( and I still get the plane ticket part for free!). If I could guarantee to repeat this I would have no issue ordering another. In the mean time here is my short guide to painless Morgan ownership. For anything else, my email address is on the ‘about me page’. Pay attention and your wallet will thank you for it…
Is owning a Three Wheeler more addictive than Columbian Marching Powder? The facts and where to seek help for your addiction. Betty Ford clinic, is it for you?
So you want to buy a Morgan?
Second hand vs New, the advantages and disadvantages. What to look for and how to avoid buying the wrong car. Is a horse a good alternative?
List of common issues,
The cars most effected and how to minimise your exposure.
How to use them, what to ignore, trending defects, ‘Gobs on sticks’ and enthusiastic dreamer avoidance. Pretending to be American, the pitfalls.
What they would rather you didn’t know
The chequered history of some dealership cars
M3W hillclimbs and track days from an unmedicated viewpoint (pointless)
Still to come, click follow button to be automatically notified by email
Not the Morgan Chronometer
Christopher Ward Morgan Chronometer a snip at £2.2k
It’s November, the Morgan is tucked up in the garage and I have been walking the South West Coast Path in brilliant sunshine. How’s that for poor planning? The SWCP is a challenging 630mile coastal walk with ascents and descents equivalent to four Everest’s.
Just keeping the sea on the right makes it impossible to get lost. Well that’s the theory but I’ve managed it on a number of occasions and adding an unnecessary mile or two to the sixteen already walked is irritating.
So I’ve bought a gadget that gives me a jolt when I stray more than a few yards from the path. It’s a bit like electrocuting a monkey and it works a treat. This particular monkey has been woken from a daydream many times while following a goat track up a hill or trying to outpace inquisitive heifers without breaking into an undignified run.
Because the gadget includes turn by turn navigation, tactile, rather than audio notifications and a screen that works in direct sunlight I’m thinking it may work well in an M3W. Other advantages, it doesnt require a mount and therefore won’t suffer from vibration that can render some motorcycle units useless but there are a few downsides. Routes have to be prepared on a computer in advance and cost makes it hard to recommend over a dedicated motorcycle unit.
That being said, adding maps to the ludicrously priced (£2.2k) Christopher Ward Morgan Chronometer costs an extra £10. Adding a Morgan logo to the mapping gadget £0.
The majority of Morgan owners do not use forums. Perhaps because they are experiencing trouble free ownership? It is improbable but who can know for sure?.
We’ve had a few reliability issues with our own Morgan (see video) but compared to our daily driver, a mid size Nissan SUV the Morgan’s reliability has been, well, average. The Nissan, What Car? magazine’s car of the year two years running is a dreadful car supported by dreadful incompetent dealers and backed by an equally dreadful Nissan EU.
An internet search suggests we are far from alone and feedback from other Nissan owners is often so bad it raises the question, are we, the public being conned by a duplicitous motoring press that works hand in glove with the motor industry? Cynical perhaps but I couldn’t help but notice the magazine mentioned above not only awarded ‘Car of the Year’ to the Nissan but has also produced a promotional video about the car for the manufacturer. What Car? Magazine, your moral compass may be broken..
So, in 2.5 years of ownership, this three wheeled car, partially made from wood and propelled by a motorcycle engine has turned out to be more reliable than a Japanese SUV.
Since posting this entry I have had a number of emails. Same theme, Morgans are unreliable, they know this to be the case as they have read it on a forum.. They were all from Nissan owners, none of them owned a Morgan although one planned to buy one.. Omgyjyer..