Toyota MR2 Reviews from Japan

1985 Toyota MR2 16 Valve DOHC 1.6 liter DOHC 4 Cylinder

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter DOHC 4 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired172316 miles
Most recent distance177428 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Great "Drivers" vehicle and economical for commute.

Faults:

Bought the vehicle with no air conditioning. Still have yet to fix it.

Leather on drivers side where left leg comes in contact has worn through, use seat covers now.

Has an overheating problem if driven in heavy stop and go traffic or if pressed really hard.

Stereo cassette had a crackling in it so replaced all components and now no problem.

Plastic trim in front of pop up headlights has broken up and deteriorated.

General Comments:

Besides my constant worry of overheating, after driving it for thirty minutes or so, the car is a pure pleasure to drive.

Body roll going into and out of corners is hardly noticeable, even under more than moderate acceleration.

Braking for such an old car is great, stops quicker than any other vehicle I've ever owned.

The seats are quite comfortable when driving. Although the depth of the seat backs makes it a bit difficult to find any good sleeping position when and if the need arises.

Found the positioning of the heating and airconditioning vents to be odd and a bit difficult to position.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2004

20th Mar 2005, 23:33

I had a similar problem with my MR2 1985 model that I bought second hand. Why don't you check out either, the Radiator and Auxilary fans. Specially, the radiator fan. It could be that the motor is not working.

14th Dec 2005, 00:58

I have an 85 with an adjustable steering rack, it was an option.

1990 Toyota MR2 GT 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Fun, fast and furious, but be careful!

Faults:

Steering rack boot, discs need replacing, targas leak in downpours (drips not streams), stereo faulty (manufacturer amp problem) and a spark lead blew through.

General Comments:

Fast and handles well. Difficult to find this much performance for the price. Dangerous to the uninitiated. Difficult to tell, especially in the wet, if the wheels are spinning. They have a sign that you have to learn when the tires lose traction in the rear. The back end feels like it is floating, time to back off the throttle.

I have yet to be blown away by anything and this includes modified similar displacment vehicles. (not as fast as an Evo, but it is not anything like the same price).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2000

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews