AMA about MR2 ownership
I haven’t posted much about my WAY2BLU lil’ Toyota MR2 in a while, but that’s a developing story for another day. For now, what would you all like to know about MR2s?
All your burning-est questions in the comments below! I’ll answer to the best of my driving ability.
Nauraushaun last edited by
@way2blu what does that weird knob thing do in the door jamb?
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@way2blu how many times have you spun out
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@way2blu if you had to teach someone how to drive manuél, which would be better? The camero or the Toyota
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@way2blu Is it a Revision 1 car? And if so, are they as taily as all the journos thought back when they came out? I almost bought one 15 years or so back but backed off because Rev2+ cars were still too expensive and having done "cross country backwards" a few times in my X1/9 when I was younger and stupider, I was worried about repeating the experience in a much faster car (even though I loved the MR2 in every other way). Bought an S13 Silvia instead, which aren't anywhere near as nice but at least have the merit that they usually only go sideways when you tell them to.
@way2blu how many times have you spun out
The only time I have driven an mr2, I managed to spin it out at least once. Was co driving an aw11 because I offered my miata tires up as payment so long as they would fit. That model mr2 had a 4x100 bolt pattern so it was perfect. So at least the spin only damaged my own tires plus my pride. Damn scary snap oversteer that just does not exist in a miata no matter how dumb you drive lol. I was accustomed to using throttle off to turn in nicely and instead got throttle off out backwards immediately.
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Is it 2Blue or JustBlueEnough?
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@sony1492 At autocross? Maybe once every other event. On the street? Never, though there was a nice slide on a rainy day that I was able to catch & correct. That was more the fault of low tire tread than actual handling though. I was going about 15 mph hahaha.
@Distraxi Mine’s a 1991 rev1, actually one of the first 1,000 sold in the USA. The tail-happiness isn’t a big issue for me. It’s my first RWD car I’ve driven in any performance setting, and the “if you slide, floor it to save it” felt pretty intuitive.
@Wrong-Wheel-Drive I’ve never driven a Miata fast so I’ll have to take your word for it. I can see how the handling could take some re-configuring of driving habits for sure though.
@nauraushaun I’ve never actually tried to figure out what it does
@aestheticsinmotion the MR2, hands-down no-contest PLEASE pick the MR2.
The 2.0T Camaro has barely any torque off idle and the engine is programmed to stall automatically if you drop below ~600 rpm. No idea if this is for emissions or engine longevity or what, but it’s super easy to stall. Combined with a push-to-start that only lets you start the vehicle while at a dead stop with your foot on the brake, and I think this would be a good car to convince new drivers to buy automatics.
The MR2’s big (bigger displacement than the Camaro!) 5S-FE 2.2L is optimized for lots of low end torque and it’s super easy to drive. More clutch feedback too. Heck, the polyurethane motor mounts let you feel the engine’s revs so that’s even more info for a new driver.
Nauraushaun last edited by Nauraushaun
@way2blu Is it a Revision 1 car? And if so, are they as taily as all the journos thought back when they came out?
I've also got an early car, 1990, and I don't think it's that bad either. She's got plenty of grip in the dry, it's pretty hard to get it into a tricky situation and not that hard to correct as long as you're ready for it. In the wet, less grip, pretty easy to get sideways but not too hard to correct when you do. I've had a few spins, but I had a few spins in my old 300ZX(s) too.
If you're mindful of it, it's fine. If you drive it like a front-engined car you might not, but that's silly.
@mm54 Neither! I’m actually feeling “NotYetBlueEnough” and hope to upgrade the bluetasticness soon.
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@way2blu How easy/hard is it to work on and access the engine? Access to belts, alternator, thermostat, sensors, oil filter, etc?
I've rummaged around a 1st gen Boxster, and access seemed pretty good on it. Opening it up took a little while, to unbolt some cover panels, but once open things were within reach. There was a great hatch behind the rear seats that allowed access to the accessory belt,
How's the interior? Does it hold up with age?
@way2blu well actually completely stock as an inexperienced autocrosser, I did spin my miata once. but once I got into modding it, I dialed that out with a giant front sway bar, coilovers, and sticky tires. I could still get the rear end loose with bad inputs but its always catchable. Much more likely to understeer though which a bit of off throttle cures nicely.
sony1492 last edited by sony1492
@wrong-wheel-drive @way2blu I ask because I saw one spin at an autox pretty spectacularly, Good to here they live up to the legend