You're right about the engine/mechanicles being "BULLETPROOF", But I'm with the person on the response comment... I have an '88-the third owner that I know of and besides the burn damage due to "IDIOT stereo sys. wiring of previous owner", this ride is in great condition, in & out!
I'm the original poster. I take the criticism of my comments on board, but at the time, I only had a small budget. There are a lot of "bad" MK1 MR2's out there ready to hurt your wallet. Still totally worth it though!
And as an epilogue, I've just bagged myself a one owner from new MK1 MR2, in PERFECT condition after 2 years in a very nice (but risky for the license) 1998 Nissan 200SX. I suppose that says a lot about the MK1 MR2 - It's a car you just can't get away from once you've driven and enjoyed one.
My new one's a keeper. I haven't picked it up yet, but I can't wait!
Yeah, I understand, but I just bought a 1988 mk1 supercharged MR2. I paid 2000 dollars, and it has one little spot of rust, and it's only surface rust on the rear quarter passenger side. The underbody is in great shape.
Also it has 186000 miles on it, and runs like a new one, but it's a great car.
I love being an MR2 member. I'm keeping it forever. The driving experience of an MR2 for the price is unmatchable; it's like a poor man's sports car that is well worth the money, and has extreme potential to be a true race car. Mine's stock, and I've beat 5.0 Mustangs and Camaros like nothing; it's too quick for them, and a lot cheaper, but yeah I'm loving being an owner of my MR2.