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2001 Toyota MR2 SpyderReview
Claire writes:
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Mr2 Mk3 (or Spyder) — Still love it after 5 years of owning it.. Ok it ain't the fastest car around, but one of the prettiest.. and totally impractical, which I love.. It does have some oopmh on the motorway going from around 70 to 100mph very quickly, but struggles a little in the mid range.. Helped me get out of potential issues on motorway a few times.. never scared to change lanes, I know I can speed up in time.. And driving round the English countryside with the roof off on a sunny day, unbeatable.. :-) Expensive Toyota services though, and had to have to short engine replaced (free) by Toyota coz it was a design flaw and burnt oil. Took a while to prove it as well.. I use sticky Yokohama's on the front and hardy Firestone's on the rear as they deteriorate quicker. Great fun to drive..

Pros: I love the chassy design, fun to drive and it's convertible of course!

Cons: Not quite quick enough in mid range, interior dash looks a bit cheap and plastic

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD ConvertibleReview
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Flyweight Fighter — The MR2 Spyder is the third generation of Toyota's MR2 line. The MR2 has always been an example of an inexpensive sports car, in initial price and in maintenance. The MR2 Spyder's main point of performance is its light weight, at a scant 2150lbs, the MR2 Spyder is one of the lightest sports cars you can buy. From that light weight you get quick acceleration from its 1.8l motor, sharp and precise braking, tight and ready suspension, and excellent fuel millage. In short, its hard to have to as much fun with out $20,000 or a helmet and silly leather getup.

Pros: Low weight, low cost, lots of fun.

Cons: No boot.

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD ConvertibleReview
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Boom! — Blew five engines in under 50K miles. Still the funnest car ever! Bought with 29,000 miles on it and went through an engine every 7k miles. Lotus took the engine, modified it, made it bullet proof, put it in the Lotus Elise, and that car does 0-60 in 3.9 secs.

Pros: Gorgeous

Cons: ummm the engine

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD ConvertibleReview
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Autocross Car — We use this car for Autocrossing and has been enhanced accordingly. Stiffer sway bar, Koni shocks, and muffler has been replaced with a supertrap. It used to be nationally competitive. We really haven't needed to spend any money on repairs above general maintenance and lots of tires due to autocrossing. Bad thing. Can't put baby car seats in and there is practically no storage.

Pros: fun to drive

Cons: no storage, cant put both kids in

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD ConvertibleReview
Aaron writes:
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What It Lacks In Cargo Space And Balls, It Makes Up For In Rail-like Handling — I've owned this car for almost a year now. The problems have been seldom, and those that have happened are acceptable for a 75k+ miles car. It won't press you into the seat coming off the line, but it'll have your passengers reaching for the "OH SH*T" handle the second you take it arond a corner. As it's a Toyota, aftermarket parts are cheap and plentiful. Extra "oomph" doesn't come terribly cheap, though...all the parts (including those to safeguard your engine and chassis from destruction) will run $4,000-6,000 whether you want to do the 2ZZ swap (the 180 BHP Celica GTS motor) or forced induction (turbo/supercharger)...but with either route, you'll have a permanent smile on your face. Cargo space is almost nilll, so unless you're going to the beach for 2 days, plan on getting a removable trunk luggage holder. This car will get looks and questions of "What is that?" "Is that a Porsche?" where ever you go, since it is fairly rare.

Pros: *Fast in the twisties
*Rare
*Cheap
*Probably the only car of its kind to accommodate drivers up to 6'4"

Cons: *Almost no cargo space (1.5 cu ft)
*Poor straight line acceleration
*Soft top means you'll need a fully functional roll-bar for any road coarse (excluding drag strips and cone dodging)

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD Convertible Review
sw20martin says:
This car is a lot of fun to drive. Its very tossable and easy to control compared to the heavier second generation MR2. What it lacks is power, but it has enough to have fun with. The thing about this car is you need to know how to control its momentum and maintain speed through turns. I love driving with the top down - you can hear that angry little 4-cylinder chug away up to 7k rpm right behind your head.
vs1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr STD Coupe
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD Convertible winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr STD Coupe worse.
"Much lighter and slightly longer wheelbase."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 1991 Toyota MR2 2 Dr STD Coupe better.
"The mk2 has much more storage capacity than the Spyder; the Spyder only has one compartment behind the seats that spans the width of the car while the mk2 has a trunk, frunk, and more room behind the seats."
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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD Convertible Review
CoeurlCat says:
vs2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2 Dr STD Convertible winning categories:
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Power Ranked 2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE worse.
"The MR2 Spyder has a significant weight advantage over the Miata, relatively speaking. 200 less pounds is less weight to propel forward, and through turns. The gearing of the 5 speed is better matched to the car versus the Miata SEs 6-speed transmission. "
Looks/Style Ranked 2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE worse.
"While some claim the Spyder is Frog-eyed or Frog-like, the large headlights aid in visibility and add to its character. The mid engine styling allows the cabin to sit closer to the front wheels, which affords it a non-roadster style look (BMW Z3/Z4, Miata MX-5), and closer to that of a Porsche (Boxster, Cayman)."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE better.
"The MX-5 Miata has very usable trunk space, while the MR2 Spyder has a small front trunk (frunk) area, and very limited space behind the seats."
Would Buy Ranked 2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE worse.
"Both vehicles can be found for cheap, but unlike the Miata MX-5, the MR2 does not have a 4th generation. If toyota no longer produces the MR2, it can become a future collector if the car is well-kept and stored inside."

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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

2004 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Review By Guru2QXWY

I haven’t yet bought a mr2, but drove one last weekend. The semi auto shift is not my thing, but still loads of fun to drive. I bid on a 2004 model on eBay but it went unsold at a bid over $11,000.00 ... Read More

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

2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Review By B

Hard to find, fun to drive. The top is a little hard to get snapped on right in mine. Very nice condition with low miles and a fair price. Read More

Favorite Car I've Ever Driven By Chris

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 1980... Read More

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

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Review By Craig

Like driving a street legal gocart. Will give a motorcycle its run for the money on the dragon tail road. Great gas mileage. Read More

Review By James

The MR2 Spyder is a fun collectible car the value is going up great gas mileage and longevity excellent investment Read More

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