Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Toyota MR2 sports?
Toyota's hard-earned reputation for reliability is evident in the MR2 and there's little to be worried about when buying this mid-engined roadster. However, it's worth checking for any signs of crash damage, or track day use such as excessively worn tyre edges. It's also important to make sure the MR2 has four quality tyres with the same tread pattern - mismatched tyres can adversely affect the handling.
Some problems have been reported with the suspension, but much of this is down to cars being bumped up kerbs; the MR2 is a low-slung sports car and, as such, is more at risk from this kind of abuse.
The exhaust can rot from the inside if the car has been used for lots of short journeys. This is a pricey fix, so ask the vendor what sort of trips they've taken it on.