1989 Toyota MR2 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharger 4AGZE 1.5

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4AGZE 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Best Handling car in its price range

Faults:

Two new front shocks (they failed inspection due to being worn/leaking).

All rubber bushes replaced on rear suspension arms (This got rid of the annoying noises)

New clutch (was getting stiff and hard to press down).

General Comments:

This is the most fun car I've ever owned, which is saying a lot, as I have had over 20 cars, my other car is a 1996 Subaru WRX, but I find this car a lot more fun to drive, its not that fast in a straight line, but around corners its simply unbeatable compared to other cars in the same price range.

The Supercharger makes the car very responsive, theres no Lag, its got instant power straight off the line, also the instant power is handy for corner exits.

On the straight roads most VTEC Hondas etc are faster, however not one has been able to keep up with me once there are some tight corners in the equation, they end up dropping back out of view in my mirror.

Only gripe is that Wind Noise becomes annoying at speed (over 100km per hour) probably due to worn rubber around the drivers side window. (it's an 18 year old car)

When buying one of these cars, try and find one with a good service history, avoid modified examples that have been thrashed to near death.

What ever you do, don't buy budget tyres, you need at least Bridgestone Potenza GIII's to get the most out of it.

I am very lucky as my car has only had one previous owner, who got it serviced every 5000ks from new. there is over $10,000NZD of receipts for the last 10 years alone.

In my opinion I have one of the the best ones in New Zealand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2007

27th Apr 2007, 02:30

I would like to get in touch with the writer, because I'm in the process of looking for this model and would like to know more details on them.

Thank you.

KN Wong,

wongkn2000@yahoo.com.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review