2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder User Reviews

2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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PROS
"handling" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
CONS
"space" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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Peloton25 writes:
2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD Convertible Review
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5

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In a word - FUN!  The fact that Toyota built a car like this is pretty astounding. 2,200lbs, 138-hp - borrowing the drivetrain from the Corolla and Celica. The chassis was not shared with any other model in their product line but was highly developed with a intricate multi-link suspension in the rear. The weight balance is quite good. The handling is crisp, predictable and entertaining. Because it weighs so little it accelerates at a decent pace - faster than a Miata - and stops quickly with fade-free brakes. Put a decent set of tires on the car and you'll struggle to have as much trouble-free fun for less money.

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Some people think they are kinda ugly, they don't have a ton of power, and you won't be hauling very much stuff inside but otherwise it has very few faults.

Peloton25
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Big Fun In A Little Car... — I purchased my 2003 Spyder in 2006, finding one spec'd out exactly how I wanted and with only 6,800 miles covered at that point. I had wanted one since 2001 when myself and 4 friends each rented one and took them to a track day and had a blast all day long running nose-to-tail trying to shake each other or get past. This car has served me well - it now has just over 50,000 miles and a lot of that has been fun trips through the canyons around Malibu, CA. It is an easy car to drive fast and deceptively quick because you can carry so much speed through turns and brake so late. It changes direction with the precision of a go-kart. A lot of people complain the car lacks space for luggage and packages. I've not had too much trouble fitting nearly everything I needed to into the car. There are compartments behind the seats that hold more than you might expect. Above that with the top up you will find a parcel shelf. Then if you don't have a passenger you have all that room, plus there is a compartment in the front of the car as well which you can expand by removing the spare tire. All in all, if you are looking for a fun and sporty car that is also fairly affordable you should at least give this little car a chance unless you just can't stomach the looks.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Aaron writes:
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Mr-2 Spyder — Love the handling, not too bad acceleration. Basically a total package. Don't like the limited space and the difficulty with a mid engine car.

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Joe writes:
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Same performance #'s as a 2007 Vette.

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The exhaust drones

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Project Car — Bought in Sept 06' as an economy commuter car. Wound up completely building the motor and fabricating a turbo kit putting 320hp to the wheels. Took 2 years to build and now i plan on taking it auto crossing.

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Chris writes:
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driving experience

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nothing

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Favorite Car I've Ever Driven — This is a great, fun car if you don't need any more than one person beside you in the vehicle. Handling is incredible, it gets 29-33 mpg even the way I drive it, and for only having 145hp the 1980lb weight helps it move very well. Upkeep on it is extremely cheap and I am going to the 2ZZ engine from the lotus Elise which is easily swapped into the engine bay for a 60hp boost over stock. I have owned the car for 2 years now and other than oil changes and routine maintenance have not had to change anything. It takes about 40 dollars to fill up with premium here in Tennessee.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mjfutch writes:
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Awesome handling, good gas mileage, and turns heads

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Not comfortable for long drives. Cargo space is limited.

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What's Not To Like? — Not a fast car, but a blast to drive. Love the mid-engine handling! People think it's some exoticar. They are surprised that it's a Toyota. Good build quality. Nice, simple, well thought out interior. I would like to buy another.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dimitris writes:
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Looks great.. drives great,.. and a lot  of speed and horse power.!

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No room for third passenger,.  and no space for suitcases,. :P

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Why I Love My Mr2 Spyder,.! — Amazing acceleration,. handling , steering,. hasn't needed any particular repairs,. gas consumption isn't that bad,... and it is very fun to drive,.! Everyone who has ever come with me for a ride,. has loved it,. It has been quite an experience,. :)))

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Eric4270 writes:
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Awesome looks, great acceleration, breaking and handling works great.

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had to replace the drivetrain, dont leave out in a parking lot.....

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Mr2 Spyder 2003 Review — Real nice handling, good on turns and fast. Top acceleration is incredible!! No words to explain but truly amazing. Fun to drive. Its in my garage of fear of scratching it. Breaking is sensitive. Handle with care!!. Looks really nice too. I would definatly reccoment this car to a friend.

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Kyle writes:
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Hot, handles, good gas mileage

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too small

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Hot Little Car — I liked it a lot. Being rear-engined, it handled amazingly, and was pretty fast for a 4cyl (I am more of a V8 person...) it was just too small for me.

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Adam writes:
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EVERYTHING

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Trunk space = low

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Mr2 Spyder — insane handling, can take a right hand turn at 50mph without letting loose good pickup, 14 QM stock great gas milage, 32 miles per galon Designed partly by Lotus with a tuned down elise engine, a 1ZZ very comfortable shifts nicely and smoothly not much trunk space though... Mid-Engined Rear Wheel Drive

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Should Have Got One When They Were Available By Paul

Corners like its on rails - 0-60 under 8 secs and driven average in the summer months 40 mpg. who could ask for more. Well storage space would be a bonus. Driving to work is not a chore round twisty c... Read More

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2004 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Fun Car By boydn04

This has been a great car. I've never had a single mechanical problem in the 3 years owning it. All reguarly scheduled maintenance has been kept. The speed and lighweight of the vehicle makes for a fu... Read More

Cute Little Hot Rod By her2133

sporty appearance, 4 cylinder engine, very good condition, affordable, great fuel efficiency. Tires needed balancing and front end was aligned - handles like a dream. I would buy this vehicle again. T... Read More

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2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Fun Car! By Harris

Very good looking car :) Fast, amazing gas mileage and very sturdy. Best handling car I've ever owned prior to my Evo. No matter how hard I drove this car I never got less than 40 mpg. Very dependable... Read More

Toyota Mr-2 Spyder By Graham

While not blisteringly so, fast enough to be a barrel- load of fun. Incredibly low cost of ownership considering the style of car, particularly for tyres. It does have next to no luggage space, but ... Read More

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

I Have Enjoyed It. By Steven

Hanadles great, good on gas, and reliable. Only problem was i had to replace the clutch and flywheel. Some of the stock perts are hard to get a hold of. i could only find the headlights at a toyota de... Read More

Cant Go Wrong! By Georgina

* Performance - accelerations amazing, braking is great but have had to replace pads pretty frequently, handling is spot on. * Build Quality - has it needed repairs? none, really soundly made ... Read More

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2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Fantastic 'cept For Pre-cat, Hood-release Issues By Parris

This is a car for people who are into DRIVING. Mine has the manual tranny - I LOVE listening to the engine (located right behind ya) respond to the accelerator and gear changes, and the mid-engine con... Read More

Absolutely Great Sports Car That's Exactly What A Sports Car Should Be! By AllyBee

As an older guy now in my '60's, I've owned my fair share of sports cars. In high school my sister and I jointly purchased a 1961 Triumph TR3; our first real sports car. I've owned an MGB (unfortunate... Read More

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