1985 Toyota MR2 Reviews

1985 Toyota MR2 1.6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Rabbit

Summary:

Outstanding grownup's car

Faults:

Not a darn thing.

Replaced the muffler 3-4 times.

Parking brake seized up some time around 1990 from lack of use.

General Comments:

This car is an adult go cart. Remember those things? Serious adult fun to drive. Just did a 4,500 mile round trip to Yuma, AZ. That is when the A/C died. Bummer. Speakers have died, not used much, probably dry rot. My wife's car! Not really sure whom she would pull out of a burning garage first, her toy, or me. Her toy can go longer and harder than I can; guess that answers that! Hope Toyota comes out with a replacement.

Have used Amsoil in it from day one. Gets 29-30 MPG around town, 35-37 on my last trip to Yuma and Las Vegas, back to St. Louis. Average of 73 mph on the cruise control.

I don't drive it when the salt hits the road, until 4-5 days of rain after the last snow fall. Kept in a garage. For being 28 years old, we would drive it any where. Going to D.C. with it next week. No, it is not for sale; remember the burning garage metaphor?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2013

1985 Toyota MR2 3u-a ??? 1.4 ??? from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 ??? Manual
Distance when acquired176000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Fun to drive, but a bit sluggish

Faults:

The story for me is I once owned a OPEL GT, (I was young) no matter how much money I spend and time in the shop, there's always something you had to fix, just to keep the car running. I just test drove an 1985 MR2, felt just like that OPEL, and this car had over 8,000 dollars in professional receipts, was as clean as you could ask for, and still there was money to be spent and things to be fixed. If you buy this car you better be well off or learn to be your own mechanic.

General Comments:

All others comments say it all, its fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2008

1985 Toyota MR2 1.6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles

Summary:

An absolute delight to own!

Faults:

I haven't had to replace anything.

General Comments:

I was actually looking for a CRX Si that wasn't riced (which is almost impossible), or a turbo MK2. I found this 1 owner car and had to go look at it.

The original paint was great and the inside was like new and still smells new. All power accessories work. This car was garaged all of its life by the original owner.

I live in the south so there isn't a trace of rust. I only drive it on nice warm days, but I LOVE it! I can't say enough about it. I plan on leaving it all original.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2007

1985 Toyota MR2 16 Valve DOHC 1.6 liter DOHC 4 Cylinder from Japan

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.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews