This is a great little roadster - it's good fun and totally impractical (but what else would you expect?). Handling is very good and precise, and it has a nice chassis. Rear-wheel-drive allows you to get the back end out if you want to (track days only of course...). Watch the back end in the wet too - my girlfriend came round a damp roundabout backwards recently.
The only disappointment is the lack of power. I also have a Saab 1.9 9-3 (everyday car)which weighs probably double what the MR2 does, and the 9-3 would eat the Toyota up no problem - however rapid progress is possible, you just have to drive it/rev it hard to do so. Perhaps the turbo version is better?
If you're tall you may have problems. I'm 6'1" and any more than half an hour driving the MR2 kills me. Another inch taller and I wouldn't be able to get my knees under the steering wheel. Generally, a really good fun car, well worth a look. Wonder if they'll make a MK IV?
I have had my car for eight months now. I bought it in the summer, and in the dry, the car is superb - it's like driving a real racing car, only when the rain comes there are problems.
With rear wheel drive and the engine behind you, the weight pushes the back out when going round bends at speeds from as little as 40mph. You need a gentle touch when the roads are wet, however I believe a real sports car should grip in any condition, wet or dry.
The only other negative point is the interior plastics - the car's exterior looks so special, but once inside you realise why the cars are cheap.
My overall feeling is that the car is brilliant for the summer and you will have great fun with it, but in the winter put it in the garage and look after it.
I had one of the first with hardtop and aircon, black and red leather.
Excellent build and finish Looks fab Excellent fuel economy Hood design is the best Poor mans Boxster as everyone says but its true Servicing is cheap
Owned it for 3 years and 39,000 miles all with a big grin on my face.
Luggage space is not a big deal- just change your attitude to over packing when you go away! Boxes bad – soft bags good – however a box of 6 bottles of wine fits perfectly in the luggage area! Just take the roof down and use the other seat for really large boxes.
In fact we loved it so much my other half has bought the revised shape - they have actually made it better!
Bad points: Standard tyres - either Yoko's or Bridgestones - ditch them as soon as you can and buy Toyo's don’t rush to meet God buy some Toyos! Alloys prone to corrode – get them changed before warranty runs out The revised model's standard Toyota stereo (or Ficherprice radio as its known) a backward step - the old Sony unit was far superior - at least you could stop the aerial going up and down like a yoyo every time you switch it on and off!
Shame Toyota are ditching the MR2 next year – one of the best cars they’ve ever made (like the MR2 mk1)
It seems a little odd that the only major criticism of the MR2 is the lack of a boot. Of course there is always the passenger compartment which is where the shopping and the golf clubs go. However you don't buy a two seater open tourer for its luggage capacity. You buy it for its handling. In this respect the MR2, for its price, is unbeatable.It is possible to put the back out but that just adds to the fun.
Admittedly in 4 years of owning the car I have only done 9000 miles but for every one of them I had a smile on my face.
One of its best features is the hood. When down it is as if there is a cover over the hood. When it is up it is perfectly water tight and surprisingly quiet except at high speed. As for putting it up and down I have timed it at 6 seconds to put down and 10 seconds to put up both while remaining seated in the driver's seat. Ease of managing the hood gives me the confidence to drive with the hood down even if it looks like rain.
Toyota service is excellent and cost of maintenance is low the 3 year service was £125 all in.
This is the poor man's Boxster in looks and all. In my opinion it is far superior to its two competitors in every respect except of course luggage space - enough said.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!