1994 Toyota MR2 Reviews

1994 Toyota MR2 2.0 litre petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Great looking car, but not that quick!

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

5th Oct 2013, 22:01

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 ;) )

15th Oct 2013, 16:33

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!!

1994 Toyota MR2 GTS Turbo Rev 3 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

Desperately underrated

Faults:

Power steering solenoid on way out.. apparently £170 from Toyota.

Alternator belt stretched/ needed replacing at 75k.

Rear damper needed replacing at 79k.

But it's nearly 16 years old and has needed nothing else except tyres, brakes.

General Comments:

Seriously quick up to the limiter. Bought for the odd track day, but not made it yet. Reliable, handles pretty well (mine has the LSD), surprisingly practical.. but not good for 2 up + dog!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2010

1994 Toyota MR2 GTi T-bar 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi FTO

Summary:

Great car... very reliable... hard to fault

Faults:

Slight leak in the t-bar roof... (easily fixed though).

Thermostat has started playing up a bit.

Black is harder than you think to keep clean!!

General Comments:

Great looking car... really turns heads.

Engine sounds are brilliant also.

Handling in the dry is very good... although in the wet it's scary!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2009

1994 Toyota MR2 GTS 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carToyota MR2

Summary:

Big performance for little money!

Faults:

Clutch has just started to slip on occasions.

Thermostat needed replacing.

Rocker cover needed replacing.

Slight leak from drive-shaft seals.

General Comments:

I owned an MR2 G-Limited for 3 years, that was a very good car, but I craved more power so decided to sell up and buy a revision 3 GT-S turbo model.

This car handles very well, adjustable suspension helps it further. The car gives a lot of confidence when taking the bends at speed. You just have to be wary in wet conditions obviously due to the mid-engine and rear wheel drive setup. Bearing in mind the power output the chassis holds up very well. Good tyres are essential on this car.

Performance is really impressive due to the twin entry turbo which is bolted onto an already quick 2 litre 16 valve engine. Stock power is around 240bhp on the revision 3 and 0-60 is about 5.5ish seconds which is very quick. Many people seem surprised by the speed of this machine. It's almost supercar quick. Minor modifications can make it even quicker.

The car sounds great when driving, the exhaust burbles and pops nicely, the turbo spools up loudly behind you and the recirculating valve gives off a pleasing dump 'tsshh' sound when changing gear. The engine sounds lovely too when giving it some revs.

Needless to say the car looks great. Despite being 14 years old it still gets plenty of heads turning with it's curvy lines, rounded rear lights, unique spoiler and pop-up headlights.

Maintenance and running costs can vary depending on the individual car. Most MR2's are reliable, but turbo models can have problems if not looked after properly and repairs can get expensive. Fuel and insurance costs can be quite high. I get around 25mpg with mixed driving. Servicing is fairly cheap if you avoid the dealer.

The MR2 turbo gives mega performance and handling to match. Excellent value-for-money and reliable as an everyday car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 15 reviews