1991 Toyota MR2 2.2 EFI from North America
It handles like an Enduro go kart, and I believe Ferrari copied its lines
6 sets of tires.
2 shifter boots.
Timing belt at 70,000 miles.
Door speaker at 90,000 miles.
Seats recovered at 130,000 miles.
A/C compressor at 135,000 miles.
1 headlamp at 140,000 miles.
Both shifter cables at 158,000 miles.
The first time I drove the MR2 off the lot was December 24th, 1990. I've pretty much been smiling ever since.
I have owned 6 cars and 7 trucks in my life, I'm 65. My MR2 has outlasted all but one of them. I still own a 2004 F550, which has an 'Oasis' file 2 inches thick and has 73,000 miles. The MR2 is the the most reliable of all them.
MR2 spent all of its life in Southern California, and was garaged every night. The paint, Black, is all original. The only violation of its original contours is a self inflicted wound applied by myself. When washing it one morning, I leaned too heavily near the gas door while drying the roof, and pushed a slight dimple into the quarter panel with my right thigh. We've been very lucky.
MR2 still gets questioned at the gas station by people saying things like "There are so many new models out, which one is this?", 'Did you just have it painted?", "Where do you keep the roof?". All of which I really enjoy answering with "I bought it in 1990, and it's a 1991 Toyota MR2, original paint, the roof is behind the seats, and it gets 30 miles to the gallon on regular".
I've been lucky enough to have driven Formula Fords and raced SS GSXR 750's; the MR2 handles with all of the smoothness of both, of course knee dragging is out, but the road fun is always there.
A few rattles have developed over the years; nothing that is intolerable or un-fixable, something you learn to keep up with having an MR2. The MR2 has sometimes been maintenance challenged, but never forgotten about or totally neglected. MR2 has taken care of me well over the past 21+ years.
Thank you MR2.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th March, 2012