1989 Toyota MR2 Reviews

1989 Toyota MR2 AW11 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Starion

Summary:

Superb car

Faults:

Alternator packed up - a cheap replacement is the Rover K-series 1.8 alternator. It fits straight in, and just needs the adjuster bar lengthened, and works 100%.

Crank pulley separated - the alternator pulley is compressed onto the tapered crank pulley with a rubber insert. This came loose and had to be replaced.

Rust claimed the car - front subframe, rear arches, front corners of boot, cockpit floors has huge holes, sills had completely gone.

General Comments:

Superb car, with impeccable handling and reliability. MPG is excellent (40mpg), and I couldn't fault the car one bit.

The car is a motoring journalists favourite, but I really hate to agree. It feels excellent to drive, the driving position is brilliant and is the large seats are very comfortable - the interior trim feels solid, and the pillar-less doors close with a satisfying, quality sounding thud. Gear change is easy due to the gear stick being inches from the steering wheel. I don't subscribe to the 'driver's car' statement, but this is pure driving fun.

It's practical enough to carry a decent amount of shopping in the boot.

I'd have another one in a shot, but it'd have to be rust free. These weren't rust proofed very well, or at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2011

1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharger 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance42500 miles
Previous carToyota MR2

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

Faultless.

General Comments:

Rare, rapid, blown 1600 engine provides terrific torque and power for 1600cc. Add a Mongoose exhaust and you have 155bhp+, 155ftlbs torque minimum.

Corners on rails.

T-tops off, and it's a convertible.

Disturbs Honda Civic Type R's, even though it's 18 years old.

Add an 180mm pulley for up to 180bhp and 180ftlbs torque+.

Excellentm and all for £2500.

Beat that...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

9th Sep 2007, 16:10

Can't beat it, they are good motors, the only thing that put me off was I heard the fuel consumption was bad on the super charged mark 1. That and they are hard to find! Have fun.

24th Sep 2007, 09:27

Don't be silly a civic type r would smoke it, I have a civic ivt 1990 and that puts the mr2 to shame.

1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharger 4AGZE 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4AGZE 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Best Handling car in its price range

Faults:

Two new front shocks (they failed inspection due to being worn/leaking).

All rubber bushes replaced on rear suspension arms (This got rid of the annoying noises)

New clutch (was getting stiff and hard to press down).

General Comments:

This is the most fun car I've ever owned, which is saying a lot, as I have had over 20 cars, my other car is a 1996 Subaru WRX, but I find this car a lot more fun to drive, its not that fast in a straight line, but around corners its simply unbeatable compared to other cars in the same price range.

The Supercharger makes the car very responsive, theres no Lag, its got instant power straight off the line, also the instant power is handy for corner exits.

On the straight roads most VTEC Hondas etc are faster, however not one has been able to keep up with me once there are some tight corners in the equation, they end up dropping back out of view in my mirror.

Only gripe is that Wind Noise becomes annoying at speed (over 100km per hour) probably due to worn rubber around the drivers side window. (it's an 18 year old car)

When buying one of these cars, try and find one with a good service history, avoid modified examples that have been thrashed to near death.

What ever you do, don't buy budget tyres, you need at least Bridgestone Potenza GIII's to get the most out of it.

I am very lucky as my car has only had one previous owner, who got it serviced every 5000ks from new. there is over $10,000NZD of receipts for the last 10 years alone.

In my opinion I have one of the the best ones in New Zealand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2007

27th Apr 2007, 02:30

I would like to get in touch with the writer, because I'm in the process of looking for this model and would like to know more details on them.

Thank you.

KN Wong,

wongkn2000@yahoo.com.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 18 reviews