1989 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1989 Toyota MR2 1.6 Twin Cam from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Twin Cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired137500 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Type II

Summary:

The best car I could own without winning the lottery

Faults:

Plastic headlight selector switch cracked - but still operates perfectly with a spot of super-glue.

Leather seats showing age - to be expected after 15 years!

Ashtray is fiddly to remove - much cleaning to be done after it 'just jumps out'

General Comments:

This car is lightning quick and handles like it's nailed to rails.

The T-Bar is an amazing invention.

More spacious interior than you would think.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2004

1989 Toyota MR2 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

So good, I'm on my second one, and gladly would buy another one

Faults:

The only thing that has been kind of a nag has been the clutch. Have replaced both rear, and master cylinder.

Transmission was getting harder to shift, so I replaced clutch at 150k miles.

Battery finally died recently. Replaced.

Replaced timing belt, water pump, fuel filter, as soon as I bought it. Preventive maintenance.

Car is great, and very reliable. As with any car, do the maintenance work and replace parts BEFORE they fail.

General Comments:

The car has never left me stranded. I have made several trips, over 1k miles each way non-stop. Car ran flawlessly.

Handling is excellent. However, ride can be a bit harsh.

Has enough power, although for really good acceleration, consider finding a Supercharged model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2004

1989 Toyota MR2 T-bar 1.6 Twin Cam 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Twin Cam 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 400

Summary:

A fast exciting sports car with superb handling

Faults:

A lot. Both the engine and gear box started to become very problematic around 95,000 miles.

Careful folks, abused models of this car are out there! If you're thinking of buying one, get it checked out thouroughly.

At this age, the car has probably had a lot of owners, and all of them would have liked driving hard. The engines are strong, but not invincible.

General Comments:

The car is very nice looking, it's 80's looks make it look more desirable and retro than dated (in my opinion anyway)

I think the car looks really smart in white, other colours can leave it looking a little bland. Be picky when choosing!

With the leather interior, pop up lights, TBAR etc the car oozes excitement, and leaves you gurgling like an excited 2 year old outside a bouncy castle.

The sometimes overlooked speciality with the car, is that it is so LIGHT. 3 or 4 hundred pounds lighter than the mark 2.

The effect of this is; excellent pick-up, great response from the throttle, superb handling and fuel economy to boot (expect anything between 30/45mpg). What this means in practice, is that you can drive the car very hard and get away with it!

The car flies off the mark very quickly and is really great at scaring the crap out of passengers. With your foot to the ground, 2nd gear will shoot you to the back of your seat and take you upto 50mph very quickly. A change to 3rd gear will slightly delay the 0-60 time to around 8 seconds.

This is all fantastic, however it is after this point where the limitations of a 1600c engine become prevalent. Don't get me wrong, the car will get upto 100mph at adequate pace. But at adequate pace only; not sports performance.

The revs get a little high at 80/85mph, making it a little loud if you want go down a motorway quickly. But that won't happen of course because you all abide by the 70mph speed limit!

Another problem is the sound system. The original speakers are tiny things, placed in tiny grills. If you want bigger speakers (and if you like music you will) you're going to have start cutting out bits of interior, or sacrifice some space inside.

The reason I bought this car, and would recommend anyone having one once in their lives, is because when it is night, and ahead of you, you see 2 popped up lights. You're very low to the ground, hearing a sexy engine noise, conscious that every other driver or passer by may well have their eyes on you, and you put your foot down, it gives that feeling of excitement and euphoria every motoring enthusiast craves. And this, is priceless (well actually, under two grand to be exact!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2004

28th Apr 2006, 13:14

Reviews like yours have more-or-less made my decision for me - I'm gonna get one (that's not been abused, hopefully!)

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