Found a 91 MR2 Turbo I'm interested in

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  1. MstngJosh

    MstngJosh New Member

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    Can anyone give advice on what to look for before purchasing one of these cars? It was previously used in autocross events, and I'm interested in the car for the same purpose. Price seems kinda high compared to others from the same year, but this one also has much lower mileage.
    • T-top
    • 17" wheels
    • leather
    • Eibach springs
    • adjustable shocks
    • exhaust
    • almost new tires
    • 105k miles
    • $7500 firm
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    2 more larger photos here:
    http://www.aww-kittah-aww.com/up/public/35399/2.jpg
    http://www.aww-kittah-aww.com/up/public/35400/3.jpg
     
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    do want
     
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    What to look for;
    http://www.mr2dc.com/buyGuideMK2.aspx?navSection=buyerguide
    http://members.aol.com/mr2mkii/lookfor.htm
    http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/features/0601_sccp_toyota_mr2_buyers_guide/index.html

    There are probably even more, but those are pretty good.

    I would just be sure that it's not been in any serious wrecks being an autocross car and all. Also since it has such low mileage you may be the one that has to do all of the regular 100K mile maintenance. I'd double check everything even if the seller says he's done it all.

    Looks like a nice car, I might see if he'll put the stock wheels back on and knock a chunk off the price. Honestly if you are tracking it I don't see the point in flashy over sized wheels. You may get better times on 15"s.
     
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    not bad at all.
     
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    He's retired from what I remember, pretty recently too. I agree though, shoot him an e-mail. He's on MR2OC pretty frequently still.
     
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    wheels are ugly and unless it has a rebuilt engine it isn't worth it.
     
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    motherfucking dawt
     
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    T-tops?


    Out.
     
  10. Boosted98gsx

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    $7500 for a 1991? Really? If you cannot haggle that down below $4k, you're a sucker.
     
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    You shouldnt post advice if its worthless. I have worked on so many 91-95 MR2's its not even funny. Most of them didnt even get modded till after 100K cause they were bought used. They are ridiclous reliable engines. Non interfearence timing belts, over cooling, and great oiling systems go a long way.

    Once again. This isnt a run of the mill DSM. MR2's were produced in much smaller numbers. Add to that in 93-95 a loaded turbo model went from $27K to $33K. My 92T sold for $22.5K.

    I think a fair asking price would be right around $5800-6200.
     
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    You had better get a service history. If the clutch has been replaced, if the engine has been rebuilt (AND BY WHOM), and if the trans has been rebuilt. If everything is in tip top shape, then sure, $6k might be a decent price.
     
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    For a 91/92 7500 seems a bit high, but it does look clean and prices change area to area.
    As long as the following check out I wouldn't worry about a engine or trans rebuild, both are super reliable well over 100,000 miles, even when modded [assuming it's done right].
    For the engine just make sure the ring lands aren't broken from running too much boost on the stock turbo [leakdown test is best] and make sure they're not running super thick oil to disguise a spun rod bearing.
    Seals will have some leaks at that mileage, not a huge deal unless there's drips.
    For the trans make sure it shifts smooth, the one weakness of the 91/92s is the 1/2 synchros.

    The 91/92s aren't as good stock as the 93 - 95s, the later revisions had a whole bunch of performance upgrades like better suspension, higher fuel [boost] cut, better diagnostics and I believe better brakes.
    They also have improved synchros in the trans. This is the only reliability upgrade that I can think of.

    You do want to find out about the clutch however, if it's the original one it's probably close to done. That's a decent bill if you have it done at a shop and a PITA if you do it yourself.
    If it's an aftermarket one, find out which clutch disc was used, there have been problems with the springs popping out on some. Pressure plates haven't really had any problems that I can think of.
     
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    How can you tell what the rings look like without taking the engine apart?
     
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    I heard the NAs were better for AutoX
     
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    I don't know about what they "look" like, but you can tell how well they seal with a leakdown test. If they still seal adequately, then I doubt how they look is important.

    As for the N/A's being "better" I guess it just comes down to what you want. They are lighter, with decent power. The turbo's are heavier with more power. I really think it comes down to the driver. I'd probably be a lot faster in an N/A since that is what I am used to.
     
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    I think they are probably classed more competitively.
     
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    na mr2s fucking blow
     
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    good looking car tho, change out the wheels and put a bigger turbo on it.
     
  20. Mitchj

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    seems rather expensive for such an old car, it is very hot though

    i saw a turbo one of these on the freeway yesterday, i couldn't beleive how exotic it looked for a toyota.
     
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    I drive an 91 n/a with rebuilt motor and NO rust or damage for 2200. For 7500, EVERYTHING should be new and upgraded. The 3s isn't that expensive to get a hold of if you know where to look. I would say tell him 6k if he says no, walk away.
     
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    turbo mr2s go for good money now. a car of this condition is priced exactly right at 7500. a clean 91 turbo that is 100% stock wont sell for any lower than 6500. PERIOD

    4500 bucks will not get you anything except a POS broke-ass rusted MR2 Turbo. Thats NA mr2 territory... and even still thats on the low side.
     
  23. MstngJosh

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    new price, $7000

    considering looking at it now...haha
     
  24. Mitchj

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    do not offer above 6
     
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    if the owner isn't in a rush to sell it he will get the asking price. mr2s have a pretty high resale value. if he is looking for a quick sale you prob could get it for like 6k.
     

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