Toyota MR2 Review from Netherlands

1987 Toyota MR2 16v

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance151000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mondeo


Absolutely worth every penny you have got


Stock boxes blew up (both)

Oil Leaking (Causing to much RP M's)

General Comments:

I am a single young man, that enjoys driving real fast, using the same car everyday. If you fit the same catogory, then this car is what you should buy. I didn't like the exterior design at first (i founded it to be very blocky) but I got used to it. I blew up the stock front panel boxes (i think their 10 watts or so) and I'm looking for new boxes that have a higher capacity right now.

This car is super fast! I take corners that have a warning for 80 km/h with a whopping speed of 140 km/h with ease. That was when I first had the car.

People that don't need speed, have no reason to buy this car. With this Japanese muscle car I have beaten BMW's / Mercedes / Honda cars and even a Volkswagen Corr-ado. I must add that I have the the car tuned with more horsepowers.

The only things I don't like about the car are the stock boxes, the insufficient space in the trunk / front and worst of all; the compartment between the seats. This is very awkwardly placed, cause when I needed to reach my sunglasses (that we're in that compartment) I almost made an accident.

The problem with the stock boxes is somehow overshadowed, because I bought the car from someone who had made some major adjustments to the car; it has a electronic alarm which shuts the doors automatically, 6 boxes, tuning and electric / adjustable mirrors and the radio antenna comes out automatically. I spray painted it in its original fire red color again and I had the rims sprayed in gold color.

I am very proud of my car. This is my fourth in four years (!) and I'm never going to lose it, until I have a family. This car blows my last car away in every way, except for comfort. The MR2 seems to make a lot of noise when driving at high speed (i took it up to 160 km/h next to a beach road)

I find the Toyota dealer service to be vary lackey in the Netherlands. I had my engine repaired (because of the RP M's) got my receipt. Two weeks later the engine did it again, and they didn't wanted to repair it for free. I complained a lot at the dealer, and eventually they repaired it for free :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2004

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review