1989 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1989 Toyota MR2 Coupe 1.6 DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Excellent 80's sports car

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 95,000 miles - fixed.

Rear arches rusted and were replaced.

Front brake disks warped and were replaced.

General Comments:

Excellent car in general, good acceleration and unbelievable handling (except in the wet!).

Parts are readily available although not cheap.

Top quality engine that red-lines at about 8000rpm.

Check for rust, this is a common problem and is expensive to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2004

1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged or S/C 1.6 Supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Supercharged Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107085 miles
Most recent distance110891 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Great Toyota performance

Faults:

Brakes were warped at purchase, and were replaced with performance rotors and pads for $300.

Tires were also worn and were replaced at a cost of $320.

The muffler fell off, breaking the flex pipe, and was replaced by a very cheap aftermarket one, $32.

Toyota Racing Development headers were ordered to replace the entire exhaust system $350.

Two rims are bent, and I expect their replacement to cost $100-$300.

General Comments:

This car is a great daily driver, and I drive 60 miles a day to get to college and back, getting about 25-35 miles to the gallon.

Exhaust system is a bit bothersome, but when the Toyota Racing Development headers arrive (to replace broken downpipe and flex pipe), that should be cleared up.

Car handles incredibly well compared to my RX-7, although it has cost a lot more to get it there.

Low miles for a Toyota, and I expect it to drive for much longer.

Oil changes every 3000 miles with Mobil 1 5w-30 seems to work well for these cars, as my oil has gotten much cleaner through only 2 oil changes!

Overall a very well built car with plenty of life left within.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2003

1989 Toyota MR2 , T-Tops, Base Model 1.6L, Naturally Aspirated from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L, Naturally Aspirated Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

WOO HOO! Can I turn around and take that corner again?!

Faults:

Problems in 14 years of ownership (for 12 years it was my father's) :

-Replaced a brake caliper

-Power antenna failed - it is now permanently in the UP position and will stay that way because I don't intend to spend approximately $250 on a power antenna unit.

-Both electric window lifts are failing - CLACK! CLACK! POP! "Please keep going up, nice little window!" This is especially fun in the rain...

-Oil leak from engine somewhere - I'm pretty sure it's from the oil pan.

-Suspension seems to lean to the right (driver's side). My dad and I are both about 200lbs, I think the driver's side springs are sacked out.

-No rust!

General Comments:

Sharp handling. A little gutless. Could use a little more rasp in the exhaust note. I feel special when I drive this car because I only see another MR2 of this vintage once a month, if that. I live in Minnesota - this type of car isn't very popular here because of the snow and ice.

I don't even consider driving this car in the snow because I tried twice and nearly exterminated myself both times. Besides, it does lousy donuts - all it does is understeer...

My father bought this car for himself on the day after my 16th birthday. I have harassed him for years to sell it to me. He finally GAVE it to me 2 years ago when he traded up to a 2001 MR Spyder.

I drove it from Austin, TX to Minneapolis, MN and was never uncomfortable (did I mention that I am 6'3"?) and the car returned a consistent 37mpg at 75-85mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2003

3rd Sep 2006, 11:53

Consistent 37MPG @ 75-85MPh?

The best my 87 NA is low 30's at 70mph.

Maybe the engine was unhealthy before #2 cylinder went bad. Hopefully with a "new" JDM engine I will get such gas mileage.

Kerry.

1989 Toyota MR2 1.6 twin cam from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Low budget, high performance

Faults:

Nothing to list apart from it needed a new battery; got a new one for 40 quid, and it now runs perfectly.

General Comments:

This car is three words a-maz-ing. It's the best car I've ever had!! So fast for a 1.6. Costs about 22 quid to fill a tank.

For a sports car there's so much leg room, unlike my Audi TT. The seats are like arm chairs with lumbar support!!! Acceleration is brilliant; people wouldn't know it's a 1.6 considering I've beaten an RS Turbo! Brilliant!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

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