1994 Toyota MR2 2.0 litre petrol from UK and Ireland
Great looking car, but not that quick!
Rear nearside brake disc sticking.
Driver's side window seal perished.
Bonnet (front) internal release catch broke.
Buckled front nearside alloy.
Weird electrical feedback on stereo.
Looking extremely smart in white, and with only a handful of owners from new and having been garaged most of its life, this was a great looking car, and in very good nick for its age, with zero rust to speak of.
What a fun car for £1100!! When I bought it, the tyres were past their best and I quickly figured out that the guy who'd had it previously had the wrong tyres on the back, 205 instead of 225 width. Being VERY obsessive about these things, I went out straight away and bought new Falken tyres all round at the correct sizes, and it made a huge difference to the handling. These things corner like they're on rails and have massive grip levels, at least in the dry!
However, I was always very wary of pushing it in the wet as one of only 2 cars I've ever spun (in the wet) was a mk2 MR2!! And, the previous owner told me he'd also spun it, so its mid-engined reputation as a killing machine in the wet was almost at the back of my mind!!
Mine also had no ABS, although it was the first of the power steering as standard models in the UK.
I would've ideally liked a T-bar, but as they cost a bit more, the sunroof did me fine, although it did seem to heat up like a greenhouse in the sun, with very little ventilation.
Great sounding engine, but always had a slightly weird rattle under acceleration, but no sign of anything ever wrong with it. Although it was quick, it DEFINITELY didn't feel as a quick as the 0 to 60 in 6.7 secs quoted off an old Autocar road test. My previous car was an Audi A4 2.8 V6 quattro and that felt quicker to me, even though its 0 to 60 time was supposedly less.
What really put me off the MR2 was how tiring it was to drive on long journeys. It was so noisy, both engine and wind noise (partly due to a worn driver's window seal), I never wanted to drive it that far.
At its best on a winding country back road, windows down, in the sun, stereo off, revving that twin cam!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd October, 2013
Could be worse - the 1993 MR2 in the US could only manage 0-60 in 9.2 seconds (this with a 2.2 - 135 HP engine and 4-speed automatic trans. - don't ask about 1/4 mile times or 0-100 ;) )
You poor guys in the US!! Sounds like that engine and transmission combo killed it!
Maybe I wasn't so badly off after all. Anyway, I could always aim for a Turbo import!!