1993 Toyota MR2 GT-S Hardtop
Stock Number: 4896
With its midship layout, lightweight chassis, and high revving turbo motor, the Toyota MR2 is a cult classic. Then again with its combination of power, reliability, and handling how could it not be? By '93 the SW20 had already made a name for itself after replacing the smaller, less powerful, AW11. Its bodylines more fluid, the interior revised, along with a far superior chassis. Its distinct lines are instantly recognizable and still current today. Our latest GT-S happens to be finished in one of the more rare colors and it definitely stands out. Typically we only see black, white, or red, but the Medium Blue Pearl (8J2) is a fantastic choice. The paint looks great and really is a unique color, you don't see manufactures using hues like this much anymore. There are always going to be small blemishes like stone chips and clear coat scratches, but nothing out of the ordinary for a car with 109K verified miles. The only spot that really is noticeable is some slight clear coat fade along the trunk and wing. There are also some chips along the driver's door near the door handle which is probably from opening and closing over the years. The same can be said about the body itself; barring your typical little door dings and things of that sort. They even kept the original wheels which we've gone ahead and wrapped in a new set of rubber.
When you think about it, most affordable performance offerings from auto manufacturers have a tendency to cut corners on the interior. Toyota had no such plans, using premium materials and crafty storage can be found all around the cabin. When discussing quality, and how vehicles stand the test of time, a couple of indicators can usually tell you a lot. The seat bolsters for instance are in great shape which is typically the first thing to go over the years. Both driver and passenger seats are in excellent condition, free of any sun damage or seam separations. They offer great support for weekend fun runs but are also still comfortable enough for your morning commute. The door panels tell the same story, unlike say a Nissan which has the tendency to delaminate over time. The dash up along the defrost vents does have some slight peeling which isn't terribly uncommon. A combination of the sun and the heater has a tendency to make that happen. It's far better than many we've seen but it's not something that would show in the photos. The Momo steering wheel is a nice upgrade and looks right at home against the black dash and center console. The head unit has been swapped out, however doesn't appear to be connected to the speakers so we couldn't check the quality of those. All of the other creature comforts work as they should though. Automatic climate control is a great perk, especially with the spring weather just around the corner, The A/C kicks on though it is still a bit cold to test out how well it's working at this point. The heat is less of a concern but is working. Power folding mirrors, a one-touch driver's window, and power locks are all great additions for your normal commute. Overall it's a great interior to spend a weekend road trip in!
It's always an experience hearing an engine spark to life when it's located behind you, as opposed to upfront. The 3S-GTE power plant is notorious for its reliability and ability to make great horsepower right out of the box. Mechanically this one has been kept all stock, just like the rest of the car. The only exception to that is a Blitz blow off valve for a little extra chirp from the turbo. The 4 cylinder is quick to fire up and sounds surprisingly good through the stock exhaust. A lot of cars that come in with the factory exhaust have a tendency to sound a bit drab, but not this guy. Mated to the only gearbox option, a proper 5 speed, makes it a blast out on back roads. The 5 speed in this is crisp and easy to run through. The clutch engages firmly, yet doesn't feel like you're in the gym every time you depress the pedal. These cars are very forgiving around town and surprisingly fuel-efficient if you can keep your foot out of it. Plus with the overlap with the US MR2, you could literally take it into your local Toyota dealership for maintenance if you really wanted to. Steering and handling are considered two of these models' best characteristics, and this particular one really delivers. We did replace the front lower ball joints to make sure you won't have any issues there for some time to come. As with most of our vehicles, this one has new rubber on all four corners and a fresh oil change as well. The bigger maintenance sites we knocked out for you were resealing the oil pan and going in with a new valve cover gasket as well. For the true enthusiast, it doesn't get much better than this Toyota. A reliable, turbo, mid-engine car is a rarity nowadays, but this one ticks all the boxes. A real turn-key Japanese Classic, this MR2 won't last long!
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