If you're in the market for a mid-engine sports car, buying new is pretty pricey. Even the latest Porsche Cayman starts north of $50,000. On the used market, though, you have quite a few affordable options.
One that's become more popular recently is the SW20-generation Toyota MR2. Built back in a time when Toyota sold multiple sporty cars, the U.S. had its choice between a 130-horsepower naturally aspirated version and the 200-horsepower MR2 Turbo.
But while you can easily pick one up here in the States for $5000 or so, it's important to find the right version and make sure you avoid common problems. Conveniently, our friends at recently posted a quick breakdown of what you need to know before buying an SW20 MR2.