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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Love My 1989 Mr2; I Frequently Forget My Car Is 21 Years Old —

I've had 7 MR2s ranging from a '93 Yellow Turbo to my current 1989 NA White MR2. I found that although the 2nd generation MR2s were a bit more roomy inside and slightly quicker with the NA engine, the steering was a bit over- boosted and had less seat of the pants feel than the non- power steering 1st generation. I love the look over the hood of my '89 (like the NSX I owned), the minimalist approach to the interior, comfortable seats, and headroom with the pop- up top. The T-Top set up costs some headroom. And here's the real kicker. I recently sold my 2005 Lotus Elise because it was just too tough to get in and out of, used premium gas, and I always worried about having it breakdown. My '89 MR2 is mechanically rock solid, feels almost as tight on the road as the Lotus with less jarring on rough roads, similar gas mileage but with regular gas, and very similar handling capabilities for a 21 year old car. I'm now doing some minor restoration on my MR2. OK, not the fastest car out there, but lots of fun for what it is. I tried a few MIatas, but liked the MR2 better. The exclusivity of the 1986-1989 model adds to the pleasure of ownership and it still looks great compared to most other pocket-size sports cars today.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Looks, comfort, handling, gas mileage, exclusivity, cost of ownership

Cons: Slightly better acceleration from NA, but once up to speed just fine

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Toyota Mr2 Supercharger "mara" — I just love this car's acceleration, with the supercharger car pushes 0-60 six point five seconds, Stock condition. Now i'm puttin' in brand new exhaust and modifying the supercharger. 2 racing seats and tanaka 4" belts going in :) I bought this car last winter it had been imported from japan last autumn the mileage is only 90 000 kilomiters and overall condition is very good. I just love driving this car, pushing it on curvy roads and tacling corners in high speeds, it's the best thing i knowl outside bedroom. Car is also very nice from inside it has quite large audio system to compare it's size.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Power, Balance, Aerodynamics and Torque

Cons: It doesn't like snow :(

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
MR2Gator writes:
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Legal Gokart For The Street. — Great cars with an awesome kick when you keep the rpms into the power band. Slam the car into a corner under power and you are doing MR2ing at its best. Learn to drive the car in an open area or you will bend it for sure. If you aren't used to it, the car can snap spin on you especially if it is an '85 with both sway bars. I have owned an '86,'87, and now an '89. If I could find someone in western NC who knew how to really build a great motor it would be tremendous. Would love to convert it to a Silver Top. Wish someone made a street legal header.

Owner for 2 years, 4 months

Pros: Gokart for the street.  

Cons: Not enough performance parts since TRD dropped the MK1. Everything getting old.  A real shame.

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Love At First Sight — I have owned my 1989 Toyota MR2 since it was brand new. It has ran like a little top from day one. I still LOVE it! No problems with the exception of the paint job. I have had such good luck with it, that despite the $2,000 - $2,875 supposed value of it in today's market, I'm getting ready to get a new $1,000 paint job and $300 worth of new stylish rims. Why not? She's been good to me, why shouldn't I be good to her? Right?

Owner for 17 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,000

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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4age Power At Its Best — This was my first MR2 not to be confused with my current MK1.5. This one had the standard 4AGE powerplant with a 5spd C series transmission. I drove this car for 6 months before I tore it down to build up my MK1.5. In its stock form the AW11 MR2 is the most bang for your buck when it comes to used performance cars. One of these can be had for under $1000 and the performance rivals that of even the newest sports cars under $35k.

Pros: Quick, Light, Agile. Very peppy and reliable.

Cons: A nightmare to work on.

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Mk1 Mr2 Supercharger — Perfect. Precisely the right amount of power and performance for road use. The supercharger transformed the MR2 from a nippy car into a quick one. 0-60 in the low 5s, a sensible level of grip, aftermarket alloys transformed the handling into just a bit oversteery. This is rapid enough to be thrilling without hitting silly speeds. And a car of this configuration allows you to reach its limits safely on the roads. Excellent car.

Pros: Supercharger, configuration, handling

Cons: Old, increasingly unreliable

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Toyota Mr2 Aw11 (mk 1) T-bar — A fast fun and honest car. Driving it just puts a smile on my face. Cheap to run and considering it is 18years old, very reliable. The luggage space is reasonable (more than people expect). There are no modern driving aids (traction control, ABS etc) so it is you and the car which means you must concentrate a little more than when driving modern cars but the rewards are huge.

Pros: Fun, cheap motoring. Did I mention fun?

Cons: Rust, and more rust. Constant fight (but mine is 18years old)

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Well Worth Restoring - Best Car I Have Ever Driven Out Of The Box. — Amazing handling. Could do with more power, but then again the super-charged version's handling is not as good. But the NA is so SO responsive and fun to drive. Wish they didn't rust as much. But once restored - well worth it. Not the most economic car, but then again, on motorway driving - way cheaper than my Fiat Cinquecento 1108cc was...

Pros: Handling

Cons: Rust

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Best Car I've Ever Had! — I've had my '89 MR2 for 6 years and have enjoyed it everyday since. I was going to buy a new car this year but decided to fix up my MR2 instead. Best thing I ever did. It looks great! I have total strangers talk to me about my MR2 and I've even had two offers to buy it. It handles well and I've had it up to 110 MPH (don't tell anybody).

Pros: Looks great, runs great!

Cons: Sometimes too small.

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1989 Toyota MR2Review
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Mr2's Forever! — Its handling is superb! U can really feel it. It's not that fast, but good enough since I could get any car that's faster, but not the same feel. I especially love to have the t-tops down while cruising on a sunny & breezy day. I just wish someday I can add the infamous 3s-gte engine and get it all tuned up, then it'll be perfect :-)

Pros: rear wheel drive

Cons: engine noise loud!

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Reviews From Other Years

1995 Toyota MR2 Reviews

1996 Mr2 Le Mans Turbo By Jason

1996 MR2 Le Mans Turbo - great power from stand still and good traction. Rear wheel drive so great for car parks :-) Custom made exhaust that roars and pops just like an exhaust should do. Blitz dump ... Read More

Excelent By Jose

good car, drives like a dream and looks the part as well, mid engine rear wheel drive, it is a very cheap car in terms of gas milage and general up keep and its not to taxing to have f Read More

1994 Toyota MR2 Reviews

Great Summer Car For A Young Person. By Matt

Fast! Handled just fine round corners easy to get the back end out. Though wouldn't want to do it to often as the tyres were a tad expensive. Looked great with the roof off sounded great thanks to i... Read More

Best I've Owned By Melv

Epic cornering and general handling. Light and rocket acceleration. Cheap to run for a sports car and gets me from A to B fast and fun to drive everyday. Hardtop no leaks. Running all round toyo proxe... Read More

1993 Toyota MR2 Reviews

The Affordable Mid-engine Sportscar :) By Racer_X

Exotic looking ..sort of like a Ferrari, Mid-Engine design provided excellent handling, Very comfortable and well designed interior, Nice open air experience with high quality glass T-Tops that never ... Read More

Amazing Ride. By Kattallica

Fast great little car. Handles great. Lots of room. Comes with a factory premium sound system. Fast up hills. Easy on the eyes. Paid £650 for him. Great for these little English roads. Fits anywhere. ... Read More

1992 Toyota MR2 Reviews

Great 2 Seater Sports Car By Bryan

Amazing handling, with the N/A engine the performance is a bit lacking, but more than enough to have lots of fun. Great reliability, and an absolute blast to drive! If you know how to drive, and like... Read More

1992 Toyota Mr2 Coupe By David

Performance: Just right, Slow enough to cruise but quick enough to be a bit of fun. Brakes very good, handles nicely. Build Quality: Very Good. Appearance: Very Nice. Cost of Ownership: Seems thirsty ... Read More

1991 Toyota MR2 Reviews

Mr2 Sw20 Turbo ...fast, Fun, Sexy Hot Good Looking. By jeffyork40

What other car comes in this light, this powerful, this fast and handles this well for the money ? What other car can you buy this cheap that gives you exotic sports car looks performance and appeal a... Read More

A Great Choice If You're Looking For Something Fast And Fun Without Spending A Lot By Austin

For performance the MR2 is outclassed by most similar imports in a straight line. However, it can handle better than any Supra or Skyline you'll ever lay eyes on and is a very nimble car. It gets up... Read More

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