1986 Toyota MR2 1.6 from North America
A Best Buy!
My alternator broke and had to be replaced.
The driver side leather seat have started to wear badly.
I have some electrical problems with the headlights.
I had to replace the rack end pinion, because I hit a curb real bad one day.
The engine doesn't crank up that nice any more, but all it needs is some ignition-cleaning.
The driver's side power window switch gave up. It would cost $300 from the Toyota dealer and none of the junkyards have it. I'll have to pay $300 I guess.
Clutch is slipping and needs to be replaced soon.
The synchronizers have begun to wear.
The front brake rotors need to be replaced soon as well.
This car is really reliable. I drive it every day and I am really pushing its limits all the time. I even drove it up to Philadelphia from Miami and back one time. It handled it with no problem. The car didn't give me any serious mechanical problems so far.
This car has some hidden power. I did 8 seconds (0-60) with the stock engine and maxed it out at 125mph. Compared to its 1.6L 112hp engine and 18 years, it's pretty good. What I really love about it is its high revs loving engine. It starts getting powerful at 4500rpm and. Until that it pretty much has no pickup. The red line is at 7000rpm.
What I really miss is a supercharger. It gives you a little more performance, but it's needed. So if you can buy the supercharged model.
It also loves gas. It's only a 1.6, but does only about 17 miles with a gallon. My brother's Lincoln Town Car does the same... with a V8 in it. On the other hand I have the A/C on all year and I drive like a maniac.
The car handles like it's on rails. No wonder it was awarded for best handling car of the year when it came out.
I heard some people complain about not having enough space for a nice stereo. Well there really isn't much space, but I did put a bazooka behind each seat and even fit a 12 CD-changer on top of the passenger-side bazooka. I also replaced the stock speakers on the front and I put a 400W Rockford Fosquate under the driver seat. Sounds real good.
It is a very good first car if you like sporty driving. I am going to look for a faster car soon, but I know I will miss my MR2.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2004
Find a friend who has some savvy about basic electrics & you just may save yourself that 300 bucks.
My 323 SS rear wiper switch gave up & Mazda wanted close to $100. I opened it up, bent the contacts & all good (until I rolled the car & wrote it off).
A switch is basic. Track down the problem & if it is the switch, there is nothing that can't be fixed for at most, a few bucks.
Hope this helps.