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looking to buy a MK2 MR2, any advice?

Post by MR2TRACKER » 08/01/18 11:48

Hi, really like the look of the MK2 MR2's and have done for a while... Found one local to me (I'm UK based btw) and was just wondering if there is anything I should look out for opinions and all that jazz.

The car is an M reg 1994 Toyota MR2 MK2 GT-TBAR 2.0L NA model so it is the Rev3 which is my preferred choice after looking and doing my homework on these cars... bodywork seems good apart from some surface corrosion on the sills or atleast thats what ive been told, the car sits with 116k miles on the clock and was would that cause issue?

The owner wants £800 for it but hopefully I can get him down to the £650-£680 figure, any thoughts? I will post an album with photos from the listing below.


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Post by MR2Jay » 08/01/18 13:01

Seems cheap, might be genuine, might not. Trouble is with these now is you never can tell until you go and look at it.

It's not a car I recognise so can't really help there :no:

Have a look in the "Know Your 2" section and you'll find a comprehensive buyers guide which should help you out when you have it in front of you :th:
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Re: looking to buy a MK2 MR2, any advice?

Post by MR2TRACKER » 08/01/18 13:12

Thanks for the response pal I'll be sure to head over to that section of the forums and have a read :)

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Post by Tallboy » 08/01/18 14:34

Common probs can be sticky brakes, rust in the boot rear the arch's,(pull the carpet up to check) non turbos can have crunchy gear changes and also can have the hose from hell(check the know your two section)
MK2 REV3 NA R.I.P
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Re: looking to buy a MK2 MR2, any advice?

Post by MRHAPPY62 » 08/01/18 18:48

Being a uk model Rust is by far the biggest problem, but agree with Jay it does sound cheap.

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Re: looking to buy a MK2 MR2, any advice?

Post by MR2TRACKER » 11/01/18 14:28

I ended up getting it, will report back with photos when I pick up on sunday :D

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Post by Tallboy » 11/01/18 15:01

Awesome!
MK2 REV3 NA R.I.P
MK2 REV3 95 TURBO R.I.P
MK2 REV4 NA R.I.P
MK2 REV3 96 TURBO
MK2 REV3 NA AUTO
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Post by MR2Jay » 11/01/18 15:27

MR2TRACKER wrote:
11/01/18 14:28
I ended up getting it, will report back with photos when I pick up on sunday :D
:clapping: :yahoo: :clapping: :yahoo:
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Post by MRHAPPY62 » 11/01/18 18:49

Well done sounded a bargain :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

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Post by m122794 » 12/01/18 15:24

Did you have a good poke around with a screwdriver as it looks like you may have a 'project' on your hands? My advice is to make sure you have a good look before parting with any cash. Did you check its MOT History online?? I just did and rust is going to be your main concern - it failed spectacularly way back in 2007 and then again in 2013...it obviously had an accident of some sort in 2011 to distort the ARB linkage and the last MOT mentioned tape obscuring one of the sill seams - I hope the thing isn't held together with gaffer tape!

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Post by TonyleFrog » 12/01/18 18:57

I'm also wondering whether the OP checked the MOT history. What is most impressive is the speed with which those major corrosion defects were remedied prior to retesting (at a different test centre each time) in both 2007 and 2013.
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Well done sounded a bargain :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
Hmmm. Not so fast. It is possible that it has all been properly sorted out but my gut feeling says otherwise. Hope I'm wrong. If not then a 'project' is one way of putting it...
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Post by MRHAPPY62 » 12/01/18 19:55

Hmmm. Not so fast. It is possible that it has all been properly sorted out but my gut feeling says otherwise. Hope I'm wrong. If not then a 'project' is one way of putting it...
I do hope your gut is wrong lol
If bought for the lower offers I think breaking it as a last resort will recoup the money so no harm done.

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Post by novinno » 12/01/18 21:02

TonyleFrog wrote:
12/01/18 18:57
I'm also wondering whether the OP checked the MOT history. What is most impressive is the speed with which those major corrosion defects were remedied prior to retesting (at a different test centre each time) in both 2007 and 2013.
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Well done sounded a bargain :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
Hmmm. Not so fast. It is possible that it has all been properly sorted out but my gut feeling says otherwise. Hope I'm wrong. If not then a 'project' is one way of putting it...
Tony.

Isn't the MOT Test Number exactly that ? - or the number on the MOT certificate ? According to the listings the test centre location appears no longer available, I'm not sure how you concluded that the failure and subsequent pass tests were at different garages., but maybe I am missing something ?

I must agree with you about the MOT history of this car though. It definitely suggests that rust has been a substantial problem in the life of the car and could well be so at this point in time. Unless the purchaser is entirely happy with the condition of the car when he sees it on Sunday I would advise him to walk away with his money intact. I think we all know that rust repairs to a good standard are expensive, often in fact costing more than the value of the car. Maybe a Mk2 owner near to the seller, and buyer apparently, could accompany him and cast his eyes over it ?
There are several around just now and patience in finding a nice example would be greatly rewarded. It took me many months and hundreds of miles to eventually find mine way back in 2006 and it was and still is a truly super example. :D

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Re: looking to buy a MK2 MR2, any advice?

Post by G MR2 Turbo » 13/01/18 0:47

MR2TRACKER wrote:
11/01/18 14:28
I ended up getting it, will report back with photos when I pick up on sunday :D
Fair play with your decision to buy.

If you take loads and loads of photos I'm sure everyone here will help out.

I'm looking forward to seeing this car.

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