1991 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 8 of 12

1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired71200 miles
Most recent distance80500 miles
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

#1 of many MR2 Turbo's I will own in my lifetime

Faults:

Needed New Spark plugs and rotor at 80,000. ($40)

General Comments:

The MR2 is by far the best value for the money in the sports car industry.

This car has unbelievable handing and acceleration.

This car has neck snapping torque..200 lb/ft.

The MR2 is unique unlike Integras, Eclipses, RSX's, Camaro's, and Mustangs.

The cheapest car with a slalom friendly mid-engine other than the MR2 is the Acura NSX at $130K+.

Do not buy an MR2 if you all you desire is straight speed.. You would be wasting the best quality of the car.. the ability to turn on a dime.

You definitely won't be thirsting for power in a turbo with 200hp and a 14.7 qtr mile speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2002

1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo 2.0 Litre turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

If you can find one in good shape, it will be the buy of a lifetime

Faults:

There is a shimmy in the front end which I believe is caused by a warped rotor.

The driver's side seat is very worn, and the left side bolster is broken from entering and exiting the car.

General Comments:

This is my second MR2, as I had an AW-11 (1986) which I got rid of about 3 years ago.

The '91 Turbo is much larger inside and out, much better-looking, and much, much quicker.

The larger size has changed several facets of the MR2 "experience" from the older models. There is a lot more room in the cabin for passengers, which makes the car more comfortable, but tends to detract a bit from the go-kart feel so prevalent in the AW-11 car.

Despite being much larger, however, it seems to have less storage space. There is no more room behind the seats than there was in the older car and, due to the fact that the spare no longer sits flush against the firewall, the front trunk is virtually useless. My '86 routinely managed two of us, and our golf clubs, bags, and carts. I doubt that will be possible with my '91, but I haven't tried it yet.

The lack of more storage space, and a slightly less race-car feel are really the only things I can think of that the older car has over the newer one.

This car seems extremely reliable, something which cannot be said of my '86. Surprisingly to me, the car is still using its original timing belt and clutch, although the latter is getting a bit worn. Further, due to the Toyota's non-interference design, having the timing belt break means you have to be towed home and re-time the car with a new belt on it. Breaking the timing belt on most other cars means an awful noise, mashed valves, and many, many dollars to rebuild the top end.

My '91 is blisteringly quick, and very, very beautiful. The AW-11 was slow and boxy (but still a heap of fun). My car is signal yellow, and I can't go very far without it being stared at... not that people staring at my car bothers me ;).

I don't believe most people realize that they are staring at a nearly-13-year-old car, and many probably don't know they are looking at a Toyota.

The body is reminiscent of Ferraris of the same time period, and that is probably not a coincidence.

In fact, just yesterday a young gas station attendant came out of his kiosk as I pulled in to fill up and said, "Dude, that car is SICK!". I understand that sick means something along the lines of "very nice". That isn't the first time I have had a compliment about the car, of course. The important thing to note, however, is that the gas station attendant was manufactured around the same time as my MR2, demonstrating that the car has an enduring appeal, and does not look nearly it's age.

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

Review Date: 18th August, 2002

6th Jun 2005, 10:02

Very useful info! And witty as well.

I remember, back in 1994 or so, looking at an MR2 of this era, circling it with my friend as we tried to figure out what it was. They're still very cool-looking cars.

Good to know that the second-generation cars are better in most ways than their predecessors.

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