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#62283
Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 1
Hi all!
My name is Dave and I'm from Midleton in Cork.
I'm thinking of buying an mr2 Turbo but looking for a bit of advice first!
I've owned a few Subaru's before so an mr2 is totally different for me!

I've never owned a two seater car with little to no booth space so how practical are the mr2's??
I do about 350miles per week so what's the average MPG from an mr2?
And finally what should I look out for when buying an mr2?

Thanks in advance lads!

Dave.
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#62284
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 46
Welcome along to MR2.ie

I guess I can only speak for myself but I find the MR2 very practical.
The boot space will fit a few gearbags or backpacks.
Plenty of room for a weekend away or for shop purchases.

I can't speak for a MR2 turbo, but the non turbo version gets me about 30-33 MPG with mixed driving.

I guess the big thing to look out for is rust, especially on the UK models.
Best places to look are right under the wheel arches, the sills (sideskirts), and bottom of the front bonnet.

More wise heads than me will give you more info I'm sure.
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#62293
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 62
MR2's are surprisingly practical, the mk2 easily the most practical of the lot with a dedent sized boot and more space than you'd think in the 'frunk'.

MPG isn't bad by any means. My mk2 was my daily driver for 3 and a half years, covering 52,000 miles in that time. You will almost never get above 33mpg but rarely do less than 30..I've heard that the turbos are a lot thirstier than the n/as though.

Search for buyers guide and you'll find all you need to know, think Slipsliderg composed it originally.

Ill probably be selling mine soon enough but it's an n/a as I said. It will be hard enough to find a decent turbo I'd say, one you could do 1500 miles a month in, the majority of them for sale these days look severely bastardised. Good luck with your search.
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#62294
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 6
welcome along mate ,as rex said mine a non turbo to but honestly not to bad to run ,and boot not to big but held enough for me and the missus to go away for the week end,and ya know yourself how much women need lol ,
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#62297
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 4
Welcome here is the link to the buyers guide mentioned above
www.mr2.ie/mr2-forum/28-how-twos/10234-h...-sw20-3s-ge-a-3s-gte
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#62299
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 59
Welcome along! Ive been using my turbo as my daily for the past 18months and I find it plenty practical! Not really sure what mpg im getting, never bothered me to be honest but I dont do find it ridiculously bad!
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#62319
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 137
Depending on how you drive, turbos do about 25mpg.

Check turbo compressor wheel for play.

Rev 1 and 2 (1989 - early 1993) do not require catalytic converters to pass NCT.

Over time T-bars can leak.

My wife and I used to go camping near Midleton (nice town) for a week at a time. I was able to carry a substantial amount of camping gear in my MR2.
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#62325
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 1
Cheers for the info lads. I didn't realise the booth space was that big. Hmmm so it hard to tell the average MPG.
Do ye meet up regularly as I love meeting other owners and heading for a nice spin?
Im still in two minds weather to but an mr2 or not
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#62326
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 314
Welcome to MR2.ie

MR2 Turbos are sufficiently fun to not question MPG

I think there's a Galway C+C that may have some MR2's at it, although on the whole you would find more folks out driving about during the summer months.
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#62438
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 80
hey man ive a turbo its my daily find great never checked mpg but its definatley not heavier then a subaru as for meets not much happening when it comes to mr2 meets but i do go to a lot of meets in cork they are regular enough if u want i could show you my car so yo can have a proper look at one i should try an organise another mr2 meet we havent had one in a while
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#62605
Re: Cork newbie 5 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 1
Cheers for the info lads. still undecided as im picky enough and I cant find one clean enough.
@ cozzy90 let me know about those meets
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