1991 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 4 of 12

1991 Toyota MR2 GT T-Bar 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance76200 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

MR2 GT - Just amazing to drive

Faults:

Seats are well worn.

Passenger electric window goes up, but not down.

Electric mirrors do not work at all.

General Comments:

This is a fantastic car to drive; both in performance, and in handling (in the dry)!

Performance wise it's very fast, and the throttle response is fantastic - you really do have to keep an eye out on the clock, just to be sure you're not speeding; the car accelerates a lot faster than it actually feels, which is a nice surprise, and smoother running, rather than being thrown back in the seat!

Handling in the dry is like the car is on rails; it follows your every twitch of the steering wheel exactly! Around corners it’s amazing - When it comes to the wet, it's a whole other story - if you're not careful, you'll spin very easily. I nearly spun today coming around a corner, but gathered it up!

The main thing to remember in the wet is to brake - turn - then accelerate... If you accelerate too hard during or coming out of a corner, you'll lose the car. Also, you should spend more money on the back tyres then the front tyres for traction.

All in all, it’s a dream to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2007

1991 Toyota MR2 GT Turbo 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 75

Summary:

Fast, cheap, but compromised

Faults:

Overheated in 3rd year of ownership, replaced radiator cap, thermostat and gave coolant change, still overheated, turned out to be blocked radiator.

Cheap clutch plate destroyed with some vigorous driving. Selector forks bent while flatshifting at the drag strip.

Targa tops leak like a sieve so can't leave the car outside, condensation and mould appear if left outside for any length of time.

General Comments:

Exceptional performance when well maintained, will run low 14 second 1/4 miles standard at near 100mph. Can dip into the 12 second bracket and 0-60mph in under 5 seconds with a handful of modifications.

Handling great with good tyres, Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3s are a fantastic choice for this car, the previous Bridgestone G Grids were less than ideal.

Can be cramped for anyone over 6'1", car is a compromise of a reliable Toyota and a sports car therefore is a little soft compared to the older model.

Plenty of room in the boot for golf clubs or shopping.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2006

1991 Toyota MR2 2.2L from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance86000 kilometres
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

An exotic car for normal people on a budget

Faults:

It goes through rear tires like crazy!! The outside looks great, but a closer look on the inside of the treads show heavy wear in a little as 25000 kms. This is just the cost of excellent and aggressive handling. If you want to play you have to pay! Otherwise this car has been rock solid.

General Comments:

Handles like a dream, mid-engine is the only way to go. Very reliable engine and tranny. I get positive comments on it's looks all the time. The only criticism I have is with the t-roofs. They tend to rattle and sqweek a lot going over bumps. I try to drive with them removed as often as possible just so I don't have to listen to the noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2006

1991 Toyota MR2 GT 2.0 NA from UK and Ireland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 NA Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Superb car, but be prepared for costs

Faults:

Alternator (£150)

Radiator (£150)

Rocker cover gasket (£35)

General Comments:

Overall this car has been a joy to own and has given me many happy memories. But owning the car has not been without its costs. Owning the car in a year I was towed home three times. The first occasion was when the radiator developed a hole. A new pattern radiator was £150, which took most of a weekend to fit. The second instance was driving back from a friends house the rocker cover gasket failed spraying oil on the exhaust manifold. This was cheap to fix, but difficult to fit due to rounded bolts. The last occasion was coming back from a car show at Silverstone when the voltmeter slowly started dropping. Upon later inspection turned out the diode pack had failed. Toyota wanted £80 for a new diode pack and £300 for a complete alternator, as the whole alternator was looking tired I decided to go with a new pattern alternator at £150. My car is a very early example (Revision 1), and now 15 years old so its not expected to be without fault. My main pet hate is when working on the car its often difficult to get access especially in the engine bay.

Driving the car is always pleasurable, but not as I expected when I was looking to buy one. The engines power is very linear so you not put back in your seat like you would from a turbo power car. But a quick glance at the speedo reveals you are doing faster than you expected.

The mid engine layout with rear wheel drive is ideal for sprints, as the rear wheels don't tend to wheel spin like a fwd would when trying to pull fast. Cornering is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde story. In the dry the car is very stable and doesn't mind what speed you turn into the corner. However in the wet it’s a different story, the car becomes very twitchy and can easily spin. I spun mine after 4 months when exiting a roundabout, as I changed up to third, the back end stepped out very wide. My first reaction was to give it some opposite lock. The back end snapped back the other way and spun all the way round. The back end stepped out because as I let off the throttle to change gear the weight transfers from the back to the front, meaning the rears lose grip and slip. The earlier models (90-92) are well known for their snappiness, which was mostly resolved after 92. This was a bit of a wake up call and ever since I’m always a lot more careful in the wet.

It’s definitely a very different car to drive, the enclosed cabin gives a unique character. The boot is fairly big as well, although we did struggle to fit a week’s luggage in during the summer.

Insurance is not too bad, I pay £700 for fully comp for a 22 year old and 4 NCB.

I do recommend this car, although I would not rule out looking at a turbo model as well, the performance is a lot better with not much of a insurance hike (£200 for me). Although these can be more dangerous in the wet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th January, 2006

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