1987 Toyota MR2 AW11 1.6 NA from Australia and New Zealand
Very unique car that you don't see every day, definitely a head turner
Nothing has gone wrong with the car, but it had a few minor problems when I purchased it.
The drivers side electric window does not work properly. The electric motor's drive cog seems to be missing some teeth or is broken.
The air conditioning does not work.
At first glance of the car in standard for I knew it could be a very nice looking car with a few changes. The car is white in color with blue interior.
The cabin feels surprisingly large to sit in and as soon as you are in the drivers seat it feels like you are about to go for a drive in a Lotus or Ferrari. The seats are very comfortable with about 4 adjustments.
Although the car feels like a 10 second car to sit in it does lack a bit in the speed factor, but what can you expect out of a naturally aspired 1.6 liter four banger.
Although the car lacks in straight line speed it definitely does not lack in handling where it can basically outcorner most cars on the road. I have stuck right behind my mates WRX around corners where he could only pull away on the straight!! It does not have power steering which can be annoying with bigger wheels fitted, but feels excellent to drive having no weight over the wheels.
Fuel economy is extremely good. I get about 350 km's out of a full tank of about 35 litres, and that is not taking it easy, regularly revving to 6 grand. I used to only get 350km's out of the Magna and it's tank size was over 70 liters!!
The standard stereo was very very ordinary so I decided to place some speakers between the seats of the car, where there once was a console. I replaced the head unit and the speakers with 6x9's and some 4 inches for the front. The reult is excellent and I couldn't be happier.
I have done some mild modifications to the appearance of the car, installing 17 inch chrome wheels, lowering the suspension, tinting the windows, installing an aftermarket exhaust system from the cat back (which is very loud, but sounds nice), installing a high flow air filter and taking the wing off. After all of that the car looks very nice and I am very happy with the way it looks.
The car has always started first go and I have never had any engine problems with it. If only it went faster!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2004