GR86 20K Review

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Mr PVGR has done a great review and will add just a few thoughts on my ownership.

I was driving a 2015 plate MX5 NC daily for 80k miles and a 2007 plate same car for 60 k and have always loved the rear wheel drive platform with little or no toys since my first car which was a Hillman Avenger 1500 at the age of 14 on my mates dads farm on the tracks and fields once they were cut and reasonably flat...No H&S in those days just have fun and enjoy life!! I am exceedingly grateful for those opportunities I had at a young age. I wont mention MK1 Escorts etc that may or may not have been driven round country roads!! but you get my attraction and addiction to a rear wheel drive platform!!

Ive always admired the design of the GT86 but they were always silly money compared to an MX5 NC....I picked up my 2015 NC for 14k at 7k miles at 2 years old, I looked at similar GT's and 10k more.

I got a sniff of the GR86 from my best mate who does good things nationally for Hyundai and as my NC was piling on the miles and I had lost all faith with Mazda after charging me numeorus times to fix a failed roof and a 45 quid quote on a service for an 8 quid wiper blade!!

I was again then fortunate enough to have changed jobs to have the available cash to buy one of the first allocation and secure one....it's well documented what a shit show that was!!

So as for my review of the GR86

What the feck else was available for less than 31k with paint of my choice!!

To me its sublime and I hope Im passing on my thoughts that Im not a driving god and Im just amazed at what we have been given to enjoy from Toyota with a 100k warranty!!

Mods, ive done a couple as its a keeper to outlast it 100k mile warranty...Oz Racing Ultraleggera in Gold for summer use, Michelin CC2 on stock rims for winter use, HKS Legamax Premium for mild theatre!!

Oh!! and the rear window thingy aero cover which to be fair was the best purchase!!

As for how it drives...it's an amazing car!! We have done a few far more exotic examples!!

Love it to bits and feel very very fortunate to have one is my conclusion!!
 

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byebyeMX5

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out of interest, what’s so good about this?
Love the wheels, look great
Cheers
Im not into the ducktail spoiler personally but saw this on a members car last year at Japfest and was sold on it.
It is in essence an expensive GR badge but the gap between the boot and back window never really looked finished to me...this to my blends the boot into the back window.....just personal taste really.....Im pretty sure Adrian Newey didnt design it as it offers absolutely no Aero at all!!

Thank about the wheels, looked for ages and always loved Ultraleggeras and white can carry off most colours...even gold!!
 
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Millik

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Pro: It prevents crud from filling the gap between the rear window and the boot (trunk). It makes cleaning easier. It looks good and compliments the car's lines. :love:
Con: Probably the most expensive piece of plastic that you'll ever buy! 😭

Expensive? Especially if you are impatient and do what I did:
Checked with fensport if they had any in stock (no) and how long before delivery (months) found another UK seller, which was more expensive, emailed to ask if they had any in stock - No they hadn’t but will be here in around 2 weeks if it was to come from Japan. Placed order and waited, and waited, and waited.
Two months later, when I went to cancel the order, it’s suddenly here. And the worst bit? To rub salt in the wound, inside the packaging was a ‘thank you for buying from Fensport’ card! 😡🤬🤬
It does finish the car off though, !
 

byebyeMX5

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Expensive? Especially if you are impatient and do what I did:
Checked with fensport if they had any in stock (no) and how long before delivery (months) found another UK seller, which was more expensive, emailed to ask if they had any in stock - No they hadn’t but will be here in around 2 weeks if it was to come from Japan. Placed order and waited, and waited, and waited.
Two months later, when I went to cancel the order, it’s suddenly here. And the worst bit? To rub salt in the wound, inside the packaging was a ‘thank you for buying from Fensport’ card! 😡🤬🤬
It does finish the car off though, !
If that was around this time last year I checked Fensport and they had quite a quantity of them, 20 or so if I recall and at the correct price, I duly mailed them and asked if they could put me one by for a couple of days until I could get over to collect which they duly did!!

When I got there they said good job you reserved one as some bloke called up yesterday and bought the lot!! I assume said bloke was your supplier with a generous mark up!!

It does look nice though!!
 
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