1989 Toyota MR2 Coupe 1.6 DOHC from UK and Ireland


Excellent 80's sports car


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


Great Toyota performance


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


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


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.


1989 Toyota MR2 1.6 twin cam from UK and Ireland


Low budget, high performance


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