Excellent fun but does need a bit of TLC to keep it going
PAS motor brushes.
Gear shifter bushes.
Seized brake caliper.
Throttle cable snapped.
Speedo sender stopped working.
Temp gauge sender stopped working.
Air con never worked.
T-bar leaked (fixed for 2 quid and elbow grease though)
This car goes like the clappers and handles extremely well in dry weather. It is not for the faint hearted though, being a powerful turbo RWD car the back end jumps about like an electrified cat if you are too heavy footed in the corners.
The only gripe I have is its reliability. I'm sure it was very reliable when it rolled out of the factory 17 years ago but time takes its toll on any mechanical device. The car has never actually broken down and all of its problems have been related to the age.
If you want a cheap 2 seater car that goes like stink and you are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, this is the car for you. MR2 turbos are all imported from Japan. Don't be put off by this, there is an excellent spares network out there and the import thing has never been an issue for me since owning the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2008