1991 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 12 of 12

1991 Toyota MR2 T-Top 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

High performance for a low initial investment

Faults:

Timing belt has broken 3 times! Mechanics say my engine was screwed by Toyota (by the way it takes a lot of work to replace).

Turbo went out.

Too many rear tires to count.

Window master switch/door lock relay problems ($600 for the door/window problem, a bit ridiculous).

Coolant problems.

New brake discs (my fault).

Also I am responsible for a lot of this damage because I rodded this car to hell.

General Comments:

As expensive as this MR2 is to repair, and as expensive and useless my local Toyota dealer is (which I think is the case with all Toyota dealers), I love the performance of this car, and I will be sure to buy a newer one in the future (not a spyder though - they are a powerless joke).

Good interior, awesome handling and OK reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2001

1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-top 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Affordable licence loser

Faults:

Power steering went out.

Driver's side window motor broke.

Speedometer and odometer broke.

Engine came to a grinding halt - $2500 to fix so I sold it.

General Comments:

Very fun car to drive.

Most comfortable.

Gets you in trouble with the Police.

Girls like it.

Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2000

1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carToyota MR2

Summary:

Best sports car in the world!!!

Faults:

Normal stuff that all 97,000 mile cars have. Spark plugs, wires, etc.

The only real bad thing I had to buy was a new turbo at 80,000. Toyota wants around $2000 for a new ct-26 (Stock Turbo) @ 200HP. Lucky for me the MR2 has a huge fan following!!!! I was able to get a used HKS Turbo that puts out 365HP!! for only $700.

Car looks brand new still, and I love it to this day.

General Comments:

This is the best, sports car for your buck. I have owned a lot of cars (Miata, RX7 TT, 300ZX TT, Corvette, others) and this has been the best!

Performance 10 because right out of the box you have a 0-60 in 5.9 sec!! Then there is a huge, huge after market for this car right now! Much more than any of the other cars out there.

The looks turn heads at every light. I have someone telling me what a great looking car it is almost every week. There is also a huge amount of body kits out there for every part of the car!!

As above, parts and labor cost a bit more than a normal car (Mid engine), but hey if you never have to buy parts who cares!!

There are not a lot of cars out there today that you can just go out to the track and race with, but with the MR2 Turbo you can, and do well.

I now have had 4 friends after driving my car go out and buy one the next week. They are rare and very hard to find so it may take you a bit to find one in good shape. So go out find a MR2 with around 90,000 or less miles in good shape and have the drive of your life. I did!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2000

1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra n/a

Summary:

Performance for the individual/couple. Not a VW grocery getter!

Faults:

Cam seal.

General Comments:

This car is/was awesome. Don't listen to the VW nerd who wrote the other comment. There is no question in anyone's mind that Toyota is a much more refined and superior auto manufacturer than VW! Come on, now!

The car has a 2.0 liter four cylinder packing 200 hp. Compare that to the anemic 170-180 of a V-6 Corrado, and you know what's up. Peformance: 0-60 about 6.5 Seconds, 1/4 mile: around 15.0. Top speed: around 149. This is a car you can buy for $6,000 and sell for the same or more even though it may have higher miles.

Not many problems, but when/if one surfaces it's usually costly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2000

10th Jul 2001, 18:37

Coming from a Camry owner, the MR2 is the perfect sports car. Being a Toyota, if anything like my Camry, should last a good long while, usually over 200k miles. Toyota engines are near bullet-proof IMHO.

To the comment above mine is uncalled for. And besides the only thing the Corrado can beat the MR2 at is breaking down. Toyotas just don't break down (Takes a lickin' keeps on tickin') and Volkswagens do quite a bit. It's just a fact of life. Live with it VW boy.

26th Oct 2001, 03:54

Yeah!! Tell the VW sucker how it is bro!!

VW stands for Volkswagen meaning car of the people, so everyone has one, the MR2 is more exclusive and refined, not many people have one.

7th Jan 2002, 15:37

I've owned a Corrado VR6 and now own an MR2 Turbo. I got my MR2 in standard 225bhp from Japan and the acceleration from 0 right to 168mph scared me after driving my clunky VW! They just don't compare. The VW may have 2 cyls more and be a bit quieter, but that's it.

15th Sep 2002, 13:16

It happens that I own 91 MR2 (shared with buddy) and 02 VW Passat. Mr2 is for Autocross fun only. The fact that I have chosen this car for sport speaks for itself. However lets don't get too vocal bashing VW. I have picked Passat over Camry for all good reasons (but the price).I'm sorry to say that many recent Toyota productions, particularly Camry, suffers tragically from the lack of personality that I call Oldsmobile killer syndrome. According to Car and Driver, even Toyota have recognized the problem. They plan to release new V10 super car and new Supra, in effort to "repair" the image damaged by the marketing strategy and the girlish (no offense) sport's car lineup.

1991 Toyota MR2 2.2 non turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.2 non turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A car to buy, take care of well, and give to your children as an inheritance when you go

Faults:

Strut boots torn.

Air conditioner leaked Freon.

Audio system shorted out.

Rear spoiler loose.

General Comments:

The MR2 is a very nice car. I am a student who was buying on a budget, so I had to settle for a poor little car that was abused by its previous owner. I have worked on nursing her back to health, but as soon as I graduate and start a career, I hope to buy another MR2 which is flawless. The stying, mechanicals, and overall feel of the car are timeless and unique. People still ask me if it's a new car (IT'S 9 YEARS OLD!!!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2000

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 45 reviews