Which way is it going?
July 13, 2017
So for style it is just average IMO.. But the drive is a blast.. it handles like it is on rails, is low to the ground, the top is not only easy to use, but is easy to replace. The driving experience is amazing, it's a light weight toy.. the manual transmission is the only way to buy one, you could get the automated clutch version, but that wrecks the experience. Build quality is late 90's toyota solid. The 1zzfed under the hood is a JDM import of the corolla motor, the difference being forged internals, bigger and stronger bottom end, and some other electronic tweaks, this while it shares some parts with the corolla motor, is NOT the corolla motor.. In N/A form, it is fast enough for most, but mine had a small turbo kit installed, which made it crazy fast.. it weighs nearly nothing.. All that said here is what to look out for.. The frame is pretty tight on them, so any rattles or squeaks should be investigates, as they are typically an indication that it has been wrecked. The exhaust manifold on N/A 2000-2002 models had a catastrophic failure where they would create vacuum and suck the shrapnel of the catalytic converter back into the engine, which would cause major internal damage, cars with the stock manifold for this reason should be avoided, unless it is a very low mileage car. The front strut mounts used cheap nylon bushings, which over time deteriorate, this can and will likely cause noise in the front end over bumps, and in tight steering. You will need new struts, and all the hardware to resolve this issue, which installed expect the 2k dollar range of cost to have fixed.. Totally mint, top of the line cars will run you 7-9K dollars with all options, they IMO are the one's to buy, 3-5K dollar cars typically have high mileage, and while not a big deal in a 2 seater Toyota, the cost for some repairs can get expensive, and honestly in the long run it's cheaper to buy the nicer car. This car is the only small sports car i fit in, the miata, even in new trim, i am just too tall to drive, but the MR2 in all forms has always been a underdog champ of space for tall enthusiasts. Down sides; No storage space, and at highway speed it's not geared to do 70+mph for a long period of time. But it is a back-road champ!