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MR2 Spyder

Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by 99sidude, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. 99sidude

    99sidude Moderator Moderator VIP

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    My uncle is unloading his 01' mr-s, and he offered it to me for 3k under bluebook. I've always wanted to build up a miata, but this seems like a good alternative considering the price. Has anybody out there dealt with one of these or have any words of wisdom when it comes to building one up for auto-x/road course duties?

    I really know nothing on these. All I know is that they are mid engined and have the crappy 140hp version of the celica's engine. I wonder if the high compression 180hp is interchangable?
     
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    Toyota swaps are ultra-tough. But totally worth it.

    Get the MR2. It's a WAY better car than the Miata, as it sits right now. It's the thinking man's Porsche Boxter.
     
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    The things I don't like about it are A. the cost of mods, B, how damn cramped it is (the luggage space is an absolute joke), and C the color. His is yellow.

    Because it will be a "fun" car, these complaints really don't matter. In a few day's I'm gonna go test drive it and hopefully make a decision there. How predictible are mid engined cars when driven hard? I've heard that they can be rather squirrly?
     
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    I drove one for a week.... I will eventually own one and boost it or swap in something hellaciously amazing
     
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    Did it feel like it wanted to oversteer every time you pushed it hard?
     
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    The mark 2's like to spin. My friend has one with a 3s-gte swap (that particular swap is actually quite easy) and he ended up backwards at a stop light one time because he down-shifted a little to hard while the road was wet. Funny thing is though I was reading the manual while I was at his house one day and it actually warns you not to do that exact thing! I lol'd.

    He also has a mark 1 MR2 and he loves it, he autoX's it and does rather well on nearly stock suspension. He says the mark 1 is more stable, but still not as stable as like a FR car.

    As for the mark 3, I would compare it more to the mark 1 seeing as how it looks kind of like an updated version of it. The mark 2 is really large in comparison.
     
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    I pushed it pretty hard on a fair weather 70 degree day on back roads. It performed amazingly well and I kept up with the track prepped 240sx in front of me.
    I love the cars and I will eventually own one.
     
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    Cashizslick !i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!

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    The turbo model was the best
     
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    I like the sound of everything you're telling me! Hopefully I will be able to fit my 6'1" frame into the thing.
     
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    I am 6'1" 175 and I fit really well into it. I really can't stand the yellow though... personal thing.
     
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    They look like frogs, but the MR-S is a nice car. I got to drive a buddies ( he wanted to drive the s2k ) It behaved way better than my s2k does. But, he says rear tire pressure has a dramatic affect on oversteer/understeer. Which makes since with the wait over the back wheels and all.
     
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    Good to know... I can't wait to see it and test drive the thing
     
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    --- DOES NOT COMPUTE
     
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    I think he means.......

    "My buddie has a 1st gen it is sweet it is way better than a front engine rear drive car I wish I had one the mr-s is ok but wouldnt autocross it sdgfrthrtvrcercrct ecvrwvwv fvefwer ergerr bjbtever "

    Maybe should have left out the spaces
     
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    AW11s are the most competant, unique and un-matched design the automotive world has ever seen.

    It's like the 911. You can never design anything like it - it will only be a rip off of the 911. Now lots of people said that the MR2 was just a Ferrari for poor people. The design is totally different than anything else.
     
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    Well I went and saw the car. I didn't get a chance to really push it because of wet roads. The damn thing has the SMG trans so there's no clutch or real shifter. I think I'm gonna wait to find one with a real gearbox in it.
     
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    SMG ? On an MR2 ? Clutch, but paddle shifter ? Wow...


    :)



    It was auto.
     
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    A girl BDN and I used to work with owns an MR2. She autocrossed it every now and then and came in 1st or 2nd regularly with just intake/tires on it.
     
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    Its extremely technical, but the truth of the matter is it actually makes the car slower than the reg manual transmission and its a BITCH to drive regularly.

    Much prefer the standard.
     
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