1987 Toyota MR2 from North America


Best Sports Vehicle Ever Sold


I only have had problems with the engine from the vehicle sitting too long. It sat under a maple tree for (6) Six years. We change the battery and checked all fluid levels. New gasoline and a fuel filter. The little bugger started right up and ran like a well tuned sewing machine.

General Comments:

I would not sell, trade or give away this little car. It out performs my 1978 Datsun 280 Z from bumper to bumper. It especially does well consistantly at higher speeds. It just hunkers down and does it's job. Sometime a little scary for us old boys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2007

1987 Toyota MR2 1.6 from North America


Great car that gets a lot of attention from Law Enforcement


Sway bar end links are making noise.

Front Rotors are warped.

Rear calipers are stuck.

One of the metal lines coming from the engine and going to the heater core has rusted.

General Comments:

This car is not very fast off the line (automatic transmission).

Once you get the engine above 3,500 RPM's it is a different story.

Handling is excellent, much better than my Buick.

So many miles and still running strong.

I got the car for free so I can't complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2007

1987 Toyota MR2 1.6 4age n/a from North America


JDM tuning beats USDM mod trends


Some electrical - my fault.

Bad wheel bearing when I bought the car.

Other than that, very maintenance free.

General Comments:

I've set up my car based on the Japanese tuning methods for mid shipped cars.

Volk racing TE37 16x7 wheels which immediately improved performance all around.

Using pillow ball uppermounts took away any vagueness in the handling once my driving skills surpassed the tuning level of the car. I actually run my suspension settings close to stock with only the front camber being slightly out of stock range.

Running a coilover setup also improves overall handling for the 2. Lowering to a basic 2 finger gap is low enough for the street, and most likely your skills, if you are not an experienced weekend track/autocross racer.

With a 25 offset for my wheels, it pushed them out all the way to the edge of the fenders. Another big improvement! Makes the wheels look 1" bigger - like 17's even tho they are only 16's. Total stability in the rain at 80mph.

Running my adjustable struts medium soft up front and soft in the rear allows the right amount of understeer in rainy conditions. In the dry I run identical med-soft settings for both f and r. On winding backroads I stiffen the dampers to medium and that allows a perfect amount of neutral to slight oversteer to get the rear to point where I want it.

Running an aftermarket rear sway bar also helped tune the rear end for more oversteer or neutral handling depending on the setting, and tightened up the sloppy rear end for more stability. 87's did not come with rear sway bars. Luckily I bought a set of strut housings off of Ebay from an 89 and it had the sway bar mounts, unlike my 87.

These tuning methods allowed me to pick up to around 20 miles per hour more around the corners with complete stability and pure enjoyment that the 2 was designed for. That also includes my increase in driving skills... something that most people don't factor.

I don't run high grip tires on the street for now because that mentality meant that your tires are doing all the work when it should be your whole car working together. My next set will be higher grip tires with the hope that it doesn't ruin my ride quality too much. I've been enjoying the softer side-walled Kuhmo tires - and for everyday driving and spirited driving works better on the street.

Please separate a "race" car from a tuned "street" car. Race settings don't work so well on the street... suspension wise. Street tuned vehicles can outperform any high end stock ride on the street. Street tuned vehicles are fun to drive - imagine that?!

Your skills will improve because you enjoy driving your car... and if someone faster comes along let them pass... you may find out how awful their driving skills are once you get to follow them for a bit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2006