1993 Toyota MR2 Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo T-Bar 1998 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1998 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 kilometres
Most recent distance50285 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Wow! I love MR cars!

Faults:

Power steering sometimes worked, sometimes not!

A bit noisy, of course! Because I have modified the engine power! He he...

Fuel consumption is a bit bad, one full tank runs for only 328km in the city.

General Comments:

I have loved MR cars since I was very young, my dream car was Honda NSX (MR), but it was a very expensive car. What I could afford was a Toyota MR2. I felt great after I got it. This car needs very good techniques to handle it.

I had an accident after I had my MR2 for a week. I was driving about 80 km/h at 270 degree cornering when it was raining and my MR2 spun out. I was very, very lucky - my car didn't have 5% damage! Oh, I am so lucky! (previous I drove a FF front engine front wheel drive). This accident was telling me, this MR2 was not easy as you think. Not like the way you could drive with your previous FF car. No way! I will get myself trained on a "Legal" track!

My MR2 MOD list as below:-

* Apexi AVC-R

* Apexi S-AFC

* Apexi Digital Speed/Rev Meter

* Spec R Shift warning light

* TRD Fast Shift gear

* TRD Meter with 300KM/H

* Large rear rotor

* AP brake pad

* 17" DRAG 902 Sport Rims imported from Japan (F: 205/40/17 R: 235/45/17)

* Front & Rear Tower Bar, front & rear lower arm bar, Anti lower arm bar & others

* Koni Adjustable hi-low kit and soft & hard absorber

* TRD heavy duty Clutch

* TRD LSD 1.5 way

* Custom Aluminum light main pulley.

My next MOD list as below:-

* Apexi Power FC

* Ball Bearing Turbo Turbine

* All Full set of stability parts

* 4 ports front Brake Caliper with large rotor

* 2 ports rear Brake Caliper

* Stainless steal Brake host

* Auto/Manual Water cooler spay cooling system

* TRD Light Flywheel

* TRD LSD 2.0 way

* 2.2cc upgrade kit

* Custom Cam Pulley

* Blitz Blow Off

* Oil Cooler system

And other more

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2001

12th Aug 2005, 22:59

I would like to know how you wired your apexi rev meter...

1993 Toyota MR2 GT T-Bar 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Fun when you're in the mood, no fun when you're not

Faults:

Radiator and fog-light got holed by a stone due to its exposed position, cost £250 to fix the radiator (didn't bother to fix the fog-light).

Replacement radiator leaked from a joint (mended under warranty).

Rear off-side bearing went, scoring the driveshaft, £600 to fix.

Front off-side caliper was binding, £440 to fix.

Roof panel leaks where it meets the window.

The alloys are losing their surface finish and are very pitted.

The tyres only last about 12,000 miles.

General Comments:

Despite the litany of faults I still like the car, after all, it is now 8 years old but has never left me stranded (touch wood!) - all faults were found during servicing and mended when convenient for me.

During the summer it is an ideal fun car, good (though not blistering) performance, good handling in the dry (but twitchy in the wet) and, most important, a seriously loud HiFi.

It is also reasonably practical as I can fit a weeks shopping in the boot, and it is comfortable enough to do a round trip from Southampton to Edinburgh (840 miles total) without leaving me needing an osteopath.

The only downside is that it can be noisy in the cabin and it's a bit unnerving on a wet motorway when overtaking lorries as your sitting 3" off the road, down amongst the spray and crap. But hey, that's just me getting old, sports cars are supposed to be an acquired taste.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th April, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews