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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old November 13th, 2018, 16:27 Thread Starter
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12K For This Turbo?

Hey guys, been posting a few cars recently, hoping that I'll find the right mr2 to bite the bullet on.

I don't know much about cars, just a few things here and there. Found this 3sgte swapped mr2 with a rather large parts list for 12k. Im thinking I may be able to talk him down to 9-10k, since it has been posted for a while, but who knows.


Also keep in mind that our economy here in the Seattle area is nuts, and Japanese cars especially are much higher priced than most anywhere else. I'm willing to spend 10k+, but only if I know this is a good deal.

Should I do it????


https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/c...734535447.html


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For a relative comparison, I found a bone stock turbo (restored to factory spec rev1.0) in phonominal condition around the area for 8k, which sold in a heatbeat, and everyone on this forum thought it was a good deal.

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It certainly looks nice but $12k is fairly steep. Hard to say if its a good deal as its a sellers market.
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I would have to say why would you source out a 95 clip then have it bored to it's maximum allowable bore with forged internals,1000cc injectors with a stock turbo and boost level? I would really investigate further before pulling trigger.my 2 cents.
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old November 15th, 2018, 23:35
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How well does it drive with the aftermarket ecu & giant injectors?
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Yeah I'm gonna echo what the other guys have already said. I don't even think the HKS Vipec could run 1000cc injectors. Especially not with a stock turbo, and the rebuild sounds like a load of crap to me. It's a nice car, but it sounds like the seller is full of it.
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old November 17th, 2018, 11:30
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PSI is not a good tuning shop at least for MR2 cars. I read that they tune exotic cars. Still I would not bring any car after the tune job they did on my MR2.
12k for modified car - you should be careful about it.
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Not sure I agree with any of the above posters about injectors. ID1000's idle very well. This isn't a 1980's injector that's basically a 1000 cc garden hose.

I'd be curious why the engine has forged pistons, but it wouldn't turn me off if it's had them for a while and has good compression (i.e. rebuild wasn't done poorly).

As for the OP haggling it down that low - doubtful unless the seller has changed his tune. This car has been for sale since about the June-July timeframe, and I told the seller I was somewhere in the OP's price range for the car assuming it checks out and he flat out rejected me with no counter offer below asking price.

IMO it sounds like a nice car, and a good base, but at the same time, it's not a low mileage original car which seems to have a premium associated with it now, and it's also not what I'd call "really well modified."

Maybe the seller is more willing to deal now that he's had ~5 months of seeing that his pricing is too high, even in the crazy Seattle market.
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It's nice to see a white MK2 that doesn't have a blue interior. Either the dash and interior plastics and carpet was swapped for black, or it originally had a black leather interior.

I thought John Reed in the Portland area was familiar with MR2s? In any case the car looks pretty good, and certainly there a lot of value in all the parts if put together and tuned well. Might NOT be a good candidate, though, for someone new to MR2s and not much of a gear head to start with.
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It's nice to see a white MK2 that doesn't have a blue interior. Either the dash and interior plastics and carpet was swapped for black, or it originally had a black leather interior.

I thought John Reed in the Portland area was familiar with MR2s? In any case the car looks pretty good, and certainly there a lot of value in all the parts if put together and tuned well. Might NOT be a good candidate, though, for someone new to MR2s and not much of a gear head to start with.

Well, I can tell you when I went to order, or as Toyota called it back in 1990...."Preference" my 91 MR2........I wanted white....but, that horrid blue interrior was the only way you could get a white car.........Well, that ended my quest for a white MR2.
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Not hard to transform the blue interior plastics to black. Vinyl paint works really well but takes some time to remove each piece and clean & spray. I've seen several cars that bought spare plastics to work on first then swap out when chance allows. Wouldn't let that put me off the car as just another factor to consider. I agree with the mod comments above that its probably not the best choice for a new MR2 owner, especially at that price.
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It's nice to see a white MK2 that doesn't have a blue interior. Either the dash and interior plastics and carpet was swapped for black, or it originally had a black leather interior.

I thought John Reed in the Portland area was familiar with MR2s? In any case the car looks pretty good, and certainly there a lot of value in all the parts if put together and tuned well. Might NOT be a good candidate, though, for someone new to MR2s and not much of a gear head to start with.
Pretty sure no blue interior for the '93+ cars. I think it was black/black or black/ivory for turbo cars. Not sure if leather was an option or not, but every '93 Turbo I've seen had leather except for this one.
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Leather was always optional on MK2s. White cars could be had with blue cloth (from 91-93), which included blue plastics and carpet. When equipped with black leather, they came with black plastics and carpet.
In 93 the option of tan leather ("Ivory" in the sales brochure) was added for White, Red, Black and Turquoise cars.
Blue Metallic (8J2) cars were either blue / blue cloth (I have one of these) or black / black leather.
Signal Yellow (567) and SMG cars were either black / black cloth or black / black leather.
For 94-95, the blue interior option was dropped. Interior plastics were all black. Seats were either the new black (charcoal) cloth, black leather, or tan leather (only for some exterior colors, similar to 93).
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Gotcha, guess I got the switchover to "no blue interior" off by a year. Thought it was the '93 rev 2 refresh.
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It does look nice. As far as the concerns about the pistons and injectors and such, that's above my pay grade to comment on, but I don't doubt a lot of money was put into it, and I have a feeling the seller feels entitled to recoup the cost on his upgrades.

That said, if I had $12K to spend on an SW20, I wouldn't consider anything older than a '93. A very clean '94 turbo went for $11K on Bring a Trailer recently, for example.

I would be patient and keep looking.

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This looks suspiciously like a car that recently sold in Marysville for 10g's..
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The Seattle car is still for sale.
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Thing is, most owners spending over $10k buying these cars have lots of confidence & usually don't question their value because they're certified solid, kept by a long-term owner, properly modified & babied yet still retain more of the original foundation of the car.

IMO, this one's a gamble because of all those aftermarket parts & mods, it leave a question of reliability - and for that price there should be little to no doubt you're getting a solid car. Not seeing it live, I'd say it's probably worth no more than $7.5k to 8.5k if everything works as it should.
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The Seattle car is still for sale.
It's been for sale for over 6 months. Seems like it'll continue to be for the foreseeable future...
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Looks like it's FS again.
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