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Soon to be an MR2 owner

Post by Hazza40 » 19/01/20 20:18

Hi,

After a few years of wanting a fun second car, I’m jumping in this year. And soon.

Just looking for advice and help though. I’m set on an SW20 import turbo over the NA but this is based on zero actual experience of the car.

Keen to hear from the experts here on whether I’m just glory seeking for the boost and power and whether I should consider a NA.

Also, I’m based in Epsom, Surrey. Any members close by who might be up for sparing 30 mins to talk me through what to look for and get me up to speed? Read lots but no substitute for seeing things in person.

Thanks - and hope to soon be an owner and not a spectator :drive1:



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Post by MR2DI4 » 19/01/20 20:23

Depends on what you have driven in the past and what kind of power you are used to driving.

Pretty big difference in power between the NA and the Turbo.


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Re: Soon to be an MR2 owner

Post by Hazza40 » 19/01/20 20:53

Nothing spectacular on 4 wheels to be honest. (XR2i, A3 etc) unless track days driving other people’s cars. Got my kicks previously from 2 wheels (yamaha R6’s). Love the kick of acceleration and driving through twisty roads...


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Post by nick » 20/01/20 9:58

It's been said before, but body condition is key. Rust is your enemy. The n/a is nippy, but not fast. Generally very reliable.

Turbo's are significantly quicker. From what I can see the issue tends to be modifying them. A good original should be fine. Once modded buyer beware!

Can't beat driving one as ever.


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Post by Hazza40 » 20/01/20 12:29

Cheers Nick.

On the rust point, I know to check the sills and suspension mounting points and boot. They also say to check the rear arch’s- is that done by looking inside the wheel arch itself or another way (sorry if an obvious question)?

Definitely looking for an original car. One I’m considering is stock turbo engine (other than an aftermarket dump valve (!) but has questionable body mods so would take back to stock..!

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Post by peteV6R5 » 20/01/20 13:07

https://www.mr2oc.co.uk/know-your-2/mk2 ... kbartid=87
buyers guide in know your 2.
N/as are good starting point and are good fun especially the REV3 variant 3sge.
Turbos are quick and if small usual mods are done are v quick cars
The 3rd option in various guises are the V6s (glorious soundtrack)
3VZfe (old heavy cast engine but super reliable and quick)
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as above a good shell is more important than a good engine.
good hunting there are very good well looked after ones out there.
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Post by Hazza40 » 20/01/20 13:55

Great guide; thanks for sharing it.

So I take it any rust on the arches would be very visible then? I don’t need to try and look between the wheel liner, for example.

The MK2s are beautiful and I can’t wait to get one on the drive.


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Post by Hazza40 » 21/01/20 9:35

Would anyone be up for giving me a second opinion on a potential car I’m tempted by? (Not in person, but by reviewing the ad and info I’ve gathered...)
It’s quite a distance to go see it so welcome a second (or third) brain looking for things that don’t seem right...
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Post by martin42006 » 21/01/20 9:45

Rust will quite easily be hiding in the inner arch so your best bet is to remove the boot liner and have a look in there, this will also let you check the bottom og the inner arch where it meets the boot as its hidden by the bumper and likes to rot.

Feel free to post the ad on here and we will be able to have a look and see if anything does (or more importantly) doesnt look right.

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Post by Hazza40 » 25/01/20 22:16

So I looked at an MR2 turbo yesterday and the bottom of the engine and transmission was very wet with oil (or what I assumed was oil). I walked away but was I too cautious?

It was a decent project but should I have been put off by the leak? Interested as I’m keen to see another one next weekend...

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Post by MR2DI4 » 25/01/20 22:26

Great cars but they are getting old now so oil leaks are common. I hardly drive mine but it needs a drip tray and a good wipe down underneath before taking it for a WOF (MOT). Cannot really fail your car on oil leaks over here but you get a warning. The engine in mine doesn't justify the time and expense of a rebuild, its been run on a full synthetic oils like Mobil 1 and Castrol EDGE all its life so not worried about a bit of an oil leak which last time I checked was pretty much just cam seals. No transmission leaks here, just engine oil.

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Re: Soon to be an MR2 owner

Post by peteV6R5 » 26/01/20 0:55

Hazza40 wrote:
21/01/20 9:35
Would anyone be up for giving me a second opinion on a potential car I’m tempted by? (Not in person, but by reviewing the ad and info I’ve gathered...)
It’s quite a distance to go see it so welcome a second (or third) brain looking for things that don’t seem right...
thanks
where are you n the country? loads will help you look if they know were you are.
me warwickshire, but from ad yeah but cant really tell from pics
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Re: Soon to be an MR2 owner

Post by Hazza40 » 26/01/20 11:10

I’m in Epsom, Surrey. The one I went to look at was in Plymouth; it was this one.

https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-mot ... source=sms

Pretty rough body work but engine seemed good and only a bit of rust around the front top mounts. Would need a lot of work though (paint, interior, brakes, suspension). long trip to just walk away (we’ll train away) but felt right at the time.

Interesting advice on the oil though. Did seem very wet and two visible areas where it was dipping.

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Re: Soon to be an MR2 owner

Post by jimi » 26/01/20 11:41

Hazza40 wrote:
26/01/20 11:10

Interesting advice on the oil though.
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old doesn't necessarily mean it will leak! If it's been looked after any leaks will have been sorted, your right (IMO) to be suspicious of an engine dripping in oil. Bearing in mind it could be something simple like the cam cover gasket.
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