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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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I have just purchased a MR2 2002, the car has been stood for

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I have just purchased a MR2 2002, the car has been stood for six months and will only drive in reverse, auto box ?
Ken, Peak District.
Hello Ken

the SMT box on these can be a bit fragile

1st check the fluid level in the reservoir that sits under the air filter box in the engine bay
If thats OK then I'd suggest getting a diagnostic check to get a fault code and point to the issue

then once its up and running do a relearn of gear postions the procedure is as follows:

1. Warm up your car, until coolant temp guage is horizontal
2. On a straight stretch of road, put car into 1st and start moving
3. At an appropriate point, shift directly from 1st into 3rd
4. On 3rd, rev engine to over 3000rpm, then lift off throttle. Let car coast and rpm drop (without applying breaks) to below 3000rpm and downshift into
2nd. Again, let car coast in 2nd until rpm below 2000rpm.
5. Apply break and stop car.
6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 three times.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

sorry Mat not had time to try yet. Ken.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Mat,

Thanks for your help, finished up taking the MR 2 to main dealer yesterday, but thanks for trying.


16th August 14.

glad you got it sorted Ken