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Toyota MR2 Performance HP1553: A Practical Owner's Guide for Everyday Maintenance, Upgrades and Performance Modifications. Covers 1985-2005, All Makes and Models Paperback – November 3, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HP Books; 1 edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557885532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557885531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Heick grew up on Arlington Avenue, his neighborhood full of brick hills, chain-link fences that bowed, and towering trees whose branches made neat ladders.

Terry has a Bachelor's in English, a Master's in Education, and three children under 12 that aren't fond of sleeping. He has published in a variety of fields, and presented at the 2010 and 2011 Global Education Conference on 21st Century Learning.

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Excellent book with a lot of general information, and choice specific information. The book was obviously written for the average MR2 owner wanting to increase the performance of their MR2, while also learning a lot of new information (I never knew 93 turbo hardtop MR2s were so rare, nor that the best way to differentiate early 4A-GEs is not by the color of the lettering on the valve color, but by the number of ribs on the block.) While the book does focus on the MkII, there is more than enough general MR2 information to make this a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in MR2s--or sports cars in general--whether you own one or not.
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This book has been great for me as a second generation MR2 owner. The book definitely has a focus on the second generation but there is some great information for the other generations as well. In addition to talking about modifications there is some interesting information about the backgrounds of each car. I would highly recommend this book to any MR2 owner interested in modifying, or currently modifying, their MR2.
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Excellent book to build your car step by step without skipping the basics. I followed this book religiously and definitely applied the knowledge I read and got great results. It has good info about the function of parts and upgrades and covers a lot of areas even the history of the car to tips on buying a used car. Like someone else pointed out it is a shame there's less info about taking the MR2 Spyder since that car has very high potential but I still give it 5 stars because it aims at the majority of MR2 owners which drive SW20s. For those rarer AW11 and ZZW30 who take modifications to the extreme are already far beyond the scope of this book and lucky we have internet forums. Having the book is great for reference tho.

All in all I think this is a fantastic guide for someone relatively new to the scene but intermediates can learn a thing or too.
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This book is very good for any MR2 owner, who want to know anything about their car, and how to modify it.
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If you are looking for information about early MR2s, related details about turbo charging and autocrossing, you may find exactly what you want in this book. However, if you want serious information about the later MR2 Spyder there is far less information and fewer pages are devoted to it.

Page 116: "When swapping a new engine into the MR2 Spyder, most folks reach for the 2ZZ-GE from the Celica GT-S, the powerplant many owners felt should've been in the car all along." So, details on this engine swap could have been extremely useful. Instead, there is an article on swapping a Honda engine into an MR2 Spyder, lacking details.

Nice book, almost what I wanted.
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Extremely valuable book. Full of great advice and unbiased facts to help you decide how and how much to modify your MR2. I especially liked the cost vs gain info and tradeoffs to expect when doing the mods.
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The book is absolutely wonderful from an informative standpoint. I am happy to add it to my collection of MR2 things I have been collecting since 1990 when I bought my 91 New.

Bill
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If you love your mrs / mr2 toyota than this book is for you !!! I've owned my 2000 spyder for about 14YRS and I found this book very interesting and full of unknown facts , the performance is very interesting allso, but we all know that performance gets updated all the time , But for a excellent reference piont to begin this is an awesome book.I will read it cover to cover it's that interesting for mrs /mr2 owners.
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