1990 Toyota MR2 N/A Manual, 223K Miles, Is It a good first car?
I saw an MR2 sitting in my uncle's backyard. I been thinking of taking it for myself as a first car when I will be able to drive. But I think there might be something I should look out for. Any tips?
- It's been sitting for quite a while in the sun (it gets very hot in the summer). I can also confirm that the battery is dead
- Car looks like it's from California, looked under the frame, appears to be no rust
- 220K miles; is it still good for its longevity?
Eventually when I get to test drive it, any tips that are crucial to remember?
If the sheet metal and running gear are good, what might be the best thing to do would be to sell the MR2 to somebody who wants a project car/has tools and skills, and then buying a running/driving early Miata.
Like most mid-engine cars, the MR2 isn't easy to work on, and after 30 years and those miles, you'd have to replace a lot of hoses, seals and bushings right away. A clean, straight Cali MR2 might bring enough money to break even.
Miatas are plentiful in almost any price range, and they are considerably easier to work on (and get parts for).
Either way, you can look into things more at the MR2 Forum https://www.mr2oc.com/
That is a lot of miles. I would check the wiring because if it's been sitting, it may be bad. Check the fluid levels and coolant.
If it starts up after you checked everything, test drive it. If it needs major work then I would sell it for parts.