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Toyota Mk II MR2 — Buyers

The Basics: It’s debatable engine/drivetrain combination produces the rewarding sports car, but doesn’t seem to be much that a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive car is a rarity and a hoot to drive. The that makes the Toyota MR2 a shining example of this is that it offers plebeians us the opportunity to have mid-engine, turbocharged performance for a fraction of the of most semi-exotic cars the same configuration. Throw in the of a scaled-down Ferrari and the reliability of a and it’s a tough car to fault.

As any used car, the newer tend to feel better on the due to the fact that suspension such as bushings and shocks are worn. Compared with cars, the T-top models do noticeable chassis flex as Early Mk II MR2s (1991-’92) been known to be unpredictable at the of adhesion, due to rear suspension that allows toe-out compression. Many MR2 enthusiasts argue this condition is with driving school and not the revised suspension design of the models.

The CT-26 turbocharger of the II MR2 Turbo engine is slightly advanced than some of offerings, but this is easily by fitting the last turbocharger on the MR2 Turbo, the CT-20B, which quicker spool and much top end (it also boosts the horsepower The most rare model is a turbo, which is what we if you’re in it for the performance.

Pricing: The Mk II MR2, particularly the model, is a rare exception in the of Japanese cars, in that the far outweighs the supply. Consequently, the are higher than stated in normally reputable sources-including the 10 Used Cars buyers’ (SCC, September ’05).

can vary widely depending on and mileage (and how aware the is of the rarity of the car). After www.autotrader.com. we were able to 1991-’92 MR2 Turbo cars for — $7,000, with the model in those years in at $3,000 — $5,000. to get your hands on a 1993 MR2 you’ll spend $6,500 $10,000, and $5,000 — for a normally aspirated car of the same

Finally, the rarest of them the 1994-’95 Turbo cars can up to $20,000 (seriously), and can be found for as low as A naturally aspirated variant in same years ranges $6,800 — $10,000.

As an example of the MR2’s ability to its value, Brad Bedell’s Street Car Challenge-winning, highly 1991 MR2 recently went on for $30,000.

Toyota mr2 Changes by Year

1991

Number in U.S.:

11,211

Recalls:

1) wheel crash test # SW22M, SW22N-0000001 to 0059265 and SW21N-0000001 to 00177192) Air-conditioning valve could malfunction, efficiencyVIN # SW22M, SW22N-0000001 to and SW21M, SW21N-0000001 to 0019446

1991-1992 cars

VIN # SW22M, to 0059265 and SW21M, SW21N-0000001 to

2) Air-conditioning expansion valve malfunction, reducing efficiency

VIN # SW22N-0000001 to 0076191 and SW21M, to 0019446

Price (1992): ($19,378 Turbo)

1993

Sold In U.S.:

2,917

1) A/C expansion valve could # SW22M, SW22N-0000001 to 0076191 and SW21N-0000001 to 0019446

Price $18,368 ($23,998 Turbo)

Suspension upgraded and retuned springs, lengthened trailing Normally aspirated engine upgrade to 135 hp. Synchros in five-speed improved. Wider tires, new square spoke wheels. brake rotors. Larger body, retuned throttle cam

Rumored as last year of Less than 20 Turbo available without T-top Last year of sales in

1994

Number sold in

908

Recalls: N/A

Price (1994): ($31,561 Turbo)

Notes: a color-keyed front air dam, rear fascia (no more and a new rear spoiler

Suspension with multistage struts for ride. Passenger-side airbag Steering wheel 10mm (370mm vs. 380mm). All turbo had T-tops

1995

Number in U.S.:

est. 356

Recalls: N/A

(1995): $23,568 ($33,804

Notes: No notable changes Redesigned CD player. Not available in CA, MA, CT. year of production for United Power package standard on car. Reinforced strut


* Data sourced from .

The knock sensor on turbo is likely to malfunction, causing the ECU to in safe mode and that less power. Stock cost about $100 and likely break again, or are a number of adaptors that the use of a better (yes, better) GM that only costs $20.

In 1991-’92 turbo cars, of bad gearbox synchros, especially in the gears. These were in 1993, so the solution may be to buy a used transmission, giving you stronger and a limited-slip differential.

There is a hose in turbo cars affectionately to owners as the hose hell, located underneath the manifold. If this hose expect a repair bill hell. It’s a good to change this hose any the turbocharger is off as a preventative measure.

For reason, Toyota elected to use valve cover fasteners, meant that they stayed tight and the valve had a tendency to leak. These can be with a great hex set from for $16.

The stock blow-off sometimes leaks, which a number of problems such as and even preventing the engine starting. The unanimous solution is to buy stock BOV rather than to go the route. Refer to www.mr2oc.com to out why.

The airflow meter on the MR2 Turbo is sensitive and problems with it are to be more apparent under boost conditions. Check for operation of the $600 sensor the Toyota manual.

The parking itself is likely to seize in climates-this is a result of the boot cracked, which in turn water to enter and freeze to the preventing the calipers from Either replace the cable and or don’t use the parking brake in temperatures.

The T-top seals are to leak due to sun exposure and age. this with a garden as some leaks will not in rain. New seals can be had from or other creative solutions can be on www.mr2oc.com .

Like any older car, the MR2 Turbo is likely to a little oil out of its turbocharger, but look for oil built up at the compressor nozzle of the and on the intake piping between the couplers. If there is excess oil in the the turbo is probably …, and not cheap.

Like any car of this the seat bolsters are likely to experienced substantial wear, on leather-clad models. The driver’s is likely to have taken a hit simply because it’s more than the passenger

The parking brake and shifter have been known to causing a malfunctioning parking and a notchy shifter, which can the gearbox from shifting at all some gears. New cables are the solution and they’re no fun to install, so for proper operation before

Turbocharged cars came a slightly raised engine while the engine cover on aspirated cars stayed with the trunk.

Normally MR2s are likely to experience oil leakage through the valves, results in some oil burning, at startup. The solution? Put your on and add more oil.

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2006 issue of Modified Mag

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