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MR2 or 240z-I have to choose :(

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Hey guyz!! I am in a sticky situation, and in need of some advice.

I know it may be hard to get an unbiased opinion with the choices, but I'm sure some of you are familiar with the MR2. To be specific, the two cars are a 1991 N/A MR2 that I currently drive, or a 1971 240z that is very complete and in just as good condition, aside from needing a paint job. I have had the MR2 for about a year, and its an awesome car, but I can't get the Z out of my head. I would only be able to keep one for very long, with both being 2-seaters. I know it will come down to me choosing in the end, but this is the site whose opinion I take as seriously as my own. Is there a way to compare the pros and cons of both with them being as different as they are? I am leaning towards the Z, because I love it and always wanted one. I just never thought about having to sacrifice my other toy!! Please offer any opinions!

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... or a 1971 240z that is very complete and in just as good condition, aside from needing a paint job. I have had the MR2 for about a year, and its an awesome car, but I can't get the Z out of my head. /QUOTE]

I think therein lies your answer.

The pros: A good running Z (as good as the much newer car in your opinion)

The cons: A MR2

Keep the Z!!!

JMO

Vicky

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Sounds like an opportunity to fulfill a long standing dream. If at some point in the future you can have two toys you'll be able to get another MR2. They will be around for quite some time. Z's are getting scarcer by the minute. If rust isn't eating them then crushers are... well, it pains me to even say it.

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agreed with first gen Z, about you can get a mr2 all the time...

also, the mr2 is a n/a mr2, not that highly acclaimed for power output, so id go the Z in that regard, and again as first gen Z said, get a mr2 later in life, and maybe a turbo that time so you can keep the Z a classic n/a while you have turbo/power fun in the mr2...

i have driven a friends n/a mr2, and i can see myself getting bored with it, but im still a Z fanatic after 7 years of discovering,,,,

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when i ended up getting my z, i was debating between a few cars: mk1 or mk2 mr2, fc or fb rx-7, 510, mk3 supra, turbo Z31, or S30 240z. since my decision, i haven't looked back.

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I think the "mini stats" for this site tells it all in a nutshell....7,xxx plus users, 130,xxx some odd posts....Hello....Wake up and smell the java....get hold of yourself man....(smack, smack, smack) I know which one I'd pick.....How many MR2 forums do you know of that have those kind of stats?

webdawg1

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I love the MR2, I used to run against them in Autocross CSP with my Datsun Roadster. Dam Good car. The Z is a step up, They ran against corvettes.. Does that tell you something???

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i'm on my computer just now, lookin out my window at my zed parked in front of my house in the shade.a car pulls up along side with 3 seniors, stops, and a little old white haired lady(looks to be in her 80's) gets out of the passenger side,walks up behind my zed for a quick look and gets back in the car. this would never happen with a mr2.

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Well, I guess I'll have to add my two cents worth, as this appears to be a life changing situation for Room4/2! Brother, and I use that term loosely, every so often in life certain unique things occur or come our way. Now, its my point of view that the early (original) Z cars fit into that catagory. So, just do it, you won't regret it!!!

Back in 1970 when I first was the 240...it was love at first sight and I knew that one day I'd have one of my own. Thirteen years later (1983), I made good on my promise to myself and purchased my 1970 240Z. In the year 2000, I breathed new life into the old girl and turned her back into a....shall we say, a 18 year old hardbody :love:. Members here know what I'm talking about!

So, at this point there should be no more question about the choice you make.......RIGHT???

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You guys all give strong points!! That's why I came here. I needed you guys to push me over the edge and you did a great job. Now to find an owner for the MR2! :( I know I am making the right choice, and look forward to having many discussions with you on different Z related issues. I can't wait til I am officially the owner of the Z. Should be late August before I have the money, but I have to leave a deposit today after work. It is selling for $2000, but the lady is older and willing to let me pay it out, then take the car. Thanks for all your help!!! I will post pics as soon as possible!

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Are you going to have to use the zed as a daily driver? Can't tell from your profile where you live but zed's don't make good winter cars, and rust like anything if there is salt on the road.

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I own a '93 MR2 NA and '72 240Z. PM me if you want to discuss pros and cons.

Don't keep us out! I'd like to hear the winning points of the MR2.

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N/A MR2? You've gotta be kidding us. While MR2's are attractive, fun cars...

If it isn't a Z, don't bother.

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Heh heh, why bother asking a bunch of Z-nuts like us?

Short answer - your MR2 will take a loooong time to become a classic, and in the meantime it will sit there depreciating $$$

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I can think of 2 winning points,

1. It isn't a ZX

2. It isn't a TOAD (Z33).

Oh Carl, you really crack me up sometimes........

LOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOL

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Don't keep us out! I'd like to hear the winning points of the MR2.

:ermm: Okay…okay…I’ve owned my MR2 for 6 months now, and have owned five 240Zs in my life off and on since the age of 16. I am now 40 years old. Comparing stock examples “head-to-head,” I would have to give a slight advantage to the MR2. Again, I own a NA (normally aspirated), not a turbo, which has 135 horsepower versus the turbo’s 200. Compare that to a 1972 240Z with about 150 horsepower.

Now, let me caveat my comments with the fact that I just drove my MR2 back and forth from work today, while my 240Z has been sitting on jacks not having been driven for about a year. So, that may be swaying my vote toward the little Toyota.

Aspects I like about the MR2:

1. I think the stock MR2 handles better stock 240Z. Yes, I’m aware that the MR2 is over 20 years newer and thus more advanced. But my goodness, it is so fun to drive a mid-engine sports car through twisty roads.

2. Going topless! I have to admit, there’s nothing like driving on a warm summer day with the t-tops off.

3. The styling of the 1991-1995 (MK II) MR2 has always caught my eye. I’ve had a soft spot in my heart of the Ferrari 308GTS for a long time. It might because I spent my formative years growing up in Hawaii when Magnum P.I. was on the tube. I’ve always known that a 308 would not be practical, so the MR2, also known as the “Poor Man’s Ferrari”, would be a logical alternative.

4. For an inline 4, 2.2 liter motor with 85,000 mile on it, the Toyota pulls very strong. In addition, I’m averaging over 25 miles per gallon. In contrast, I was averaging 20 MPG with the 240Z. This might be because I was really “lead footing” the Datsun.

As I stated above, I’m comparing stock vehicles that are over a two decades apart in automotive evolution. That said, either car could outperform the other given the proper suspension and engine modification. And should I get behind the wheel of my 240Z again when its restoration is complete, my opinion may change. Plus, the Datsun doesn’t require one to be a contortionist to work on it compared to the mid-engine MR2.

As for value, hands down the 240Z is worth more and harder to find in decent shape. However, low mileage MR2s can fetch a good asking price as well.

Example:

http://www.autotrader.com/dealers/ida/vdetail.jsp?result_car_id=null&dealer_id=505848&car_id=181038164

Personally, I think the price is a little steep. But what would one pay for a mint 240Z with that mileage?!

In the MR2 community, if you own a low mileage 1995 MR2 turbo that is SMG (steel mist grey) with a black leather interior, you are sitting on a gold mine.

Bottom line…my heart will always be with the 240Z with its classic GT styling and primordial ergonomics. However, the MR2 does have some positive aspects, which shouldn’t be readily discounted. Finally, if I had to sell one, I would have to say “sayonara” to the Toyota. For now, I feel fortunate to have both.

Alright…I have donned my nomex suit, flame away. :dead:

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