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Old 05-02-2009, 12:41 AM   #1
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1993 MR2 Turbo

Default 98 vs 99 2.5 RS differences.

I read the sticky that had the differences year to year and there didn't seem to be too huge of a difference in the two years(slightly quicker and crappier MAF). But I see a lot of people advising against getting the 98 if unless it was a killer price and to get a 99 instead.

I am in the market to get a 2.5RS for a new DD and they are hard to come by, at least in my area. So what are the reasons people advise away from the 98? Passing on a good 98 could lead to me waiting for months for another good one to come up.

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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the 98 and 99 also had different front end looks. 98 was MAF 99-01 was MAP. I Belive they were still the same motor. but if you want that agressive front look then you want a 99-01 if you want it to look like an L with a Hood Scoop then get a 98

1998 2.5RS

99-01 Front end

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:52 PM   #3
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98-DOHC which had the headgasket issues. 99-01 SOHC. 98-99 were coupe only, 00-01 were coupe/sedans.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:14 AM   #4
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00-01 got the rear vlsd too.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:19 AM   #5
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98 MAF dohc
99 MAF sohc
00-01 MAP sohc

interiors are different pattern on the 98
Gold wheels only came in 98
crystal headlights on 99-01
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