Used Car of the Day: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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used car of the day 2001 toyota mr2 spyder

We're going back to the convertible well today with this 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder.

Five grand will get you a manual-transmission Spyder with just under 100,000 miles on it. It is apparently in good running order and has recently passed inspection.

A Stage 2 clutch has been installed, and some notable parts have been replaced -- the water pump, spark plugs, springs, bushings, and shocks are all new. The shocks are adjustable and the car is slightly lowered.

The axles have also both been replaced within the past two years. The audio has some aftermarket upgrades, such as a touch-screen stereo, subwoofer, and amplifier.

The bad: The car has a rebuilt title after an accident and some holes in the top, though no water gets in. And there are some dents and dings.

Check out this Asheville, North Carolina-based car here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Vvk Vvk on Oct 11, 2023

    I briefly considered one but found out they blow up their engines due to a design flaw. If you want one, get 2004+ where the issue has supposedly been resolved.

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