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Toyota MR2 W1 (1984-1989), Toyota MR2 W2 (1989-1999), purchase advice

Toyota MR2 W1 (1984-1989), Toyota MR2 W2 (1989-1999), purchase advice
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F Inquiry: When in the, let's say, last ten years has which automaker presented a new, small coupé or even a roadster? Even connoisseurs have no answer. Coupés, especially affordable ones, are no longer booming. Oh, how much better it was in the 80s. In 1983 Honda brought the CRX, and in 1984 the Toyota MR2 started its success story - a late answer to the Fiat X1 /9, which had been built since 1972. And only in 1989 came the Mazda, which triggered the long-lasting roadster revival, and shortly afterwards the Nissan 100NX. But they were very different from the MR2.

The essence of the sports car

Especially in the ultra-compact first generation, it worked like an attempt to combine all the ingredients of a thoroughbred sports car with as little as possible Balancing weight in as little space as possible: two seats, a mid-engine and - yes, that had to be in the 80s - pop-up headlights.

That sounds a little like Lotus, and Colin Chapman's English probably had also had a certain influence on the protracted development of the MR2, since Chapman had entered into a cooperation with the Japanese in financial need. That secures Lotus access to Toyota engines today.

Does MR2 mean what? Yes. Midship engine, rear drive, two seater. So mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seater. The data: 124 high-revving horsepower meet 1005 kilograms, which materialize in an angularly drawn, not even four-meter-long body. And because sports cars are particularly entertaining when they are open, there was a large, removable glass roof for the European market right from the start, and from model year 1987 even a T-bar roof with a central bar and two removable glass roofs over the seats. At that time, the catalytic converter engine came, which lowered the output from 124 to 116 hp.

When driving open, the roof halves were stowed upright behind the sporty, gripping seats, which mercilessly make the hip fat palpable as such, but are comfortable for trained figures even on long distances. Anyone who thinks of long-haul vacation should know that when it comes to luggage, the MR2 can keep up with the big ones in its field from Italy: it is not prepared for large quantities. At the front, next to the spare wheel, there is somehow room for 70 liters, and at the rear, between the engine and bumper, there is 142 liters.

More space? Then the W2

The MR2 of the first generation, called W1, is sewn on the inside as figure-hugging as its dimensions suggest. TheIncidentally, the inside width is skilfully minimized by a huge center tunnel, which could be perceived as annoying in the drive-in theater. But no matter: The little Toyota was meant to be driven. And he did and does well up to the high-end limit area, where a sudden loss of liability threatens with the nasty crucial question: 'Say, how do you feel about counter-steering?'

Who has more comfort and space from his Pocket rider demanded, instead of the W1, the W2 should be used, which was built from 1989 to 1999. It is 25.5 centimeters longer, 3.5 centimeters wider and - the soft, round body lines seem to prepare for it - around 200 kilograms heavier. Phew, the charm of the little wild wind is somehow gone; in its place comes greater seriousness with more space in the interior, more space for luggage and also more comfort. And that's right: there were also turbos. Depending on the year of construction and the country of destination, they have 200, 225 or 240 hp, although many MR2 Turbo models don't even come close to bringing these numbers to bear. Usually it is considerably more horsepower; because turbos are generally easy to tune and the Toyota turbo engines in particular can cope with this very well for many years.

Rare: turbo and compressor

The MR2 W2 to the relatively serious sports car with nice straight print on the boiler. The driving pleasure in the rare W1 with 145 supercharged horsepower, which, like the turbo, was never imported into Germany via official channels, is of course more original, but also more exhausting. Thanks to its mini weight, this squared timber goes roughly forward and doesn’t idle around for long on the smallest country roads between two curves when robbing 15,000 euros are offered, it is best to have the technology checked by a qualified specialist. This avoids expensive bad purchases, which can also cause trouble if the mostly tuned technology holds up, but turns out to be illegal during the next general inspection.

Without Turbo, the second MR2 is not so clear, As self-explanatory as the W1: The two-liter four-valve engines with 156 to 175 hp don't rev up so happily and sound annoyed at the top so as not to burst with torque at lower engine speeds despite a kind of variable intake manifold. The handling is no longer as crisp, but comfort and reliability gained in handling.

Rust is the biggest problem

As you would expect from a Toyota, both MR2 generations are technical durable and inconspicuous. The synchronizer rings, which were not particularly durable until 1993, are likely to have been replaced by now, and most of the W2s are also likely to have installed the second dome bearings at the front. If the front of an MR2 rattles a bit on bad roads, the front axle is due again; with the W1 new sockets are usually sufficient. A glanceThe cooler in the front of the car is definitely worth it, as it lies perfectly in the flight path of every stone.

A little oil mist on the cylinder head can happen, but it doesn't mean anything bad. Usually a new valve cover gasket is sufficient. If you want to be on the safe side, you can also change all the hoses if this has not already been done. They are now at an age at which a crack is not unlikely. It doesn't have to lead to engine damage, but standing somewhere in the pampas without cooling water isn't funny either.

Yes, and then there's the matter of rust. Both generations like to gnaw on door edges and sills, wheel arches and fenders. Usually something has already been done by the previous owner. If the work has been done well, it is worth more than a 500 euro lower purchase price in the long run. A quick look at the electrics and electronics (does everything work?) And the roof seals: If they have already been replaced, you don't have to worry about the rain or even the car wash.

So: Roof off , get in as elegantly as possible, start and go towards the country road. Summer, where are you?


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