Firstly, if you're thinking about buying a car like this, practicality isn't going to be top of your list of desires.
True, it can be a pain when you need a big luggage space, but it is managable by splitting the load between two decent-sized bins behind the seats, and the 'boot'.
This car just wants to be driven. It is a very drivable car with pin-sharp handling, looks, and an engine so eager and reliable, you really do (as a previous reviewer so delicately put it) feel like you're driving a go-kart!
Running costs are outstanding, especially when you compare them to other smaller cars'. There is the usual Toyota service and reliability, although I do experience a clucking on full lock from the front wheels, only when starting off cold, and only since Toyota fitted new brake discs!
All in all, for the price, you cannot buy a better sports car. It isn't a lightning-fast car, but the whole package just gives you such a buzz, you really do feel like you're driving a much more prestigious car. Just imagine it to be a cut price Boxster :) I would definitely recommend this car. It is not an everyday car, but as a second car, you will not find better.
Luggage space is not a major problem, it just requires a different attitude. Using lots of small bags rather than one large one, we have no trouble going on a weeks motoring holiday in France twice each year.
I recently test-drove this car - it was between the MR2 and the Celica - the Celica won out between the two. However - the MR2 is a fantastic driver's car. It has a very eager engine.
You have the wonderful sound from the engine just behind you and go-kart like handling. For a rear-wheel-drive sports car, it's not too tricky or slippery - you can get the back end to step out, but it's quite controllable when it does. It hugs corners like a kiddy with its teddybear and it brings more smiles than any car I have ever driven.
On the other hand, to drive it, you have to 'fall' into the driver seat - it is hard to get in or out elegantly. In fact I found getting out is a bigger problem than getting in (especially with the roof on!).
As far as luggage is concerned - it's not a grand tourer, more a commuting car or Sunday car.
On the motorway the wind-noise intrudes and blind spots dominate with the roof up.
A great second car (possibly buy 2-3 year old one for £11k) but not to be used as the main car. But I loved it!!
I have owned one of these for two years now, have all the extras inlcuding the hard top.
I love the convenience of such a small car on our little island and enjoy taking it to south of France every now and then. And yes my husband and I do manage to load in everything we need for a week's self-catering in the space behind the seats and under the bonnet!
The running costs are very reasonable and I have had no problems with it whatsoever.
I much prefer it to the MX5 as I find it a much more solid ride with plenty of feedback. I would definitely rate it as a driver's car!
If I had to sum it up in one word it would be 'fun' - and not many of us have enough of that in our lives.
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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!