1988 Toyota MR2 mk1 T-Bar 1.6L from North America
My first car, a dream
When I had started out, It ran.
The dash is cracked up towards the vent and by the gauges.
The paint job was completely sun-fried, the clear coat was coming off and it was faded.
The tires were also near bald.
I had found out the oil hadn't been changed for 16,000 miles.
After the oil was changed, It ran for another two months (until August 2003). The clutch and the slave cylinder were shot.
Two months later (October 3003), the last of the gaskets were blown in the engine. This started a fire.
Let's start with improvements. I first of all had the clutch and the slave cylinder replaced.
After the fire, it sat for about a month and then I took it to the shop, and had the gaskets replaced and a new exhaust system put in... boy did she purr.
I replaced the tires with Dunlop sports.
I also graced her with a new dark cherry red paint job.
Her handling is like a go-kart, but careful on the turns. At a 90º, anything over about 40 will drift the back end.
Gas mileage is awesome, I get about 29mpg in town and 39mpg highway.
It shifts very quickly, which allows me to downshift quicker and rev it higher.
It gives a boost at about 5000 rpm's and away you go.
It also has a high red-line limit starting at 7500 rpm's.
It's a little slow on the takeoffs, but can pull through in the long run.
I believe it is the county competition, no matter the car, despite the age.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th January, 2004