1989 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1989 Toyota MR2 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good looks, performance and reliability - what more could you want in a car?

Faults:

The alternator seized in 1998.

Rust is beginning to show on the rear nearside wheel arch.

General Comments:

Bought the car at 2.5 years old (15,000 miles) and still own it 10 years later (now 100,000 miles).

I can't imagine any other car offering so much fun and reliability in one car - it looks good, does not leak, is easy to get in an out of and it can contain a fair amount of luggage, so long as you use the bonnet, the boot and behind the seats - don't even think of using a suitcase.

It's a ball of fun in the snow, especially down remote country lanes. It handles very well with Pirelli P600s and sticks like glue in the dry, but in 10 years I have met the limit a couple of times - the front starts to lighten and the only solution is to floor the accelerator to push it round the bend.

Here's to the next 10 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2001

1989 Toyota MR2 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

Eats GTi's for breakfast

Faults:

Only had the car a few months, and done 3000 miles - so not much chance of anything going wrong.

Handling in the wet was scary when I got the car - that was solved by adding a set of TOYO Proxes T1-S tyres.

The original speakers sounded a bit tinny, so I replaced them almost as soon as I got the car.

General Comments:

Bought my MR2 for a shade under £2000. Its red with 15inch 5 spoke alloys.

I have (at times) driven this car very hard and found that you have to be driving like a total maniac to get it to loose grip. Easily out-handles any car I have owned in the past.

At first I didn't think the car was as fast as I thought it should be. That was until I wound it up over 4500rpm, after that the car almost takes off.

I haven't had the car serviced or repaired yet so I can't comment on running costs, except for the fuel consumption which I recorded at 33mpg.

Right, fantastic car, great handling and speed, looks stunning, but there are a couple of annoyances:

1. I find the car a bit short on space. Although the leg and head room is good, the boot space is poor (couldn't even fit a crate of lager in it), and the door pockets can just about hold a CD.

2. Motorway journeys can get a bit of a headache. The engine is spinning around 4000rpm at 70mph.

So my summary of the car: if you want a good looking fast car with great handling, you are not bothered about boot space, and don't use motorways much, then this is the car for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2001

1989 Toyota MR2 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance110500 miles
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

Looks more expensive than it is

Faults:

No faults, so far.

General Comments:

The car is pretty quick for a 1600, and sticks to the road like a limpet.

Great fun to drive, just not great on practicality as there is not much boot space and only 2 seats, but then you don't buy an MR2 to be practical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2001

18th Dec 2001, 09:37

I've had my 96 MR2 for 4 years now... drive it reasonably hard daily, but it's the 2.0l not the 1.6.

Engine revs at 70 are just over 3500, and with the radio at a comfortable level (can still speak to my passenger) the drone of the engine is masked.

Stick to 3000+ rpm and it flies.

Plus... that really tiny boot can carry over £130 worth of monthly groceries from Sainsbury's... NOT including the 2x24 crates of beer I usually add to that list!

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