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Toyota MR2 (1984 - 1989)

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MR2 AW11 SC

reviewed by Anonymous on 16 December 2017
4
Overall rating
5
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
5
Running costs
4
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the garage or specialist
4
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Amazingly competent and quick car, brilliant to drive

I've owned the car for 15 years, for the first 8 it was my daily driver, since then it's been a bit coddled.
When I started looking for an MR2, I wanted an n.a car with no t-top.
This was the cleanest, low km car I could find at the time, its got a supercharger and T-tops, and guess what are the best bits about the car!
Its been really reliable, a few gearbox and lsd issues due to taking bad advice about the gearbox oil to use (they don't like Redline, buy the proper Toyota oil!).
I polybushed the suspension early on, and fitted coil over adjustable a few years ago, that's made the already great handling car even better and more adjustable.
The engine is basically standard, with just changes to the air intake, and de-cat exhaust system.
The brakes are upgraded, and its running 15x7.5 light weight wheels, and 195 section tyres.
So still pretty standard.
The car is quick against modern traffic, and much more engaging to drive than any of the more recent cars I've owned (including my current GTi Golf).
Rust isn't a huge issue here in New Zealand, and parts are still reasonably available, at 30 years old it qualifies for classic insurance cover, and a Lotus Elise is 5 or 10 times the price, so I can't see any reason to replace it - just keep on driving and enjoying :-)

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reviewed by Anonymous on 16 December 2017
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Top speed116 mph
0-607.7 s
Power122 bhp

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