Used Car of the Day: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we're going back to the early Aughts for this 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder.

It's been transplanted with the 2ZZ engine and has a six-speed manual transmission. The body has about 140,000 miles on it and the engine around 40,000.

Outside of the swap, the car seems to be mostly stock. There does some to be minor cosmetic work necessary, including a need for new seats, and damage from a minor parking-garage collision with a Range Rover appears to be repaired.

Our seller says that the cracks in the windshield seen in the photos have since been addressed -- the windshield has been replaced.

You can find this car for sale in Austin, Texas for $8,000.

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[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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  • Tassos Tassos on Jun 27, 2024
    The poor man's Lotus, was fun IN ITS TIME, now it is too damned old and obsolete, plus you drive it at your own risk vs SUVs three times its weight.
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    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Jun 27, 2024
      We need a Darth Tassos, Sith Lord.
  • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 27, 2024
    Geez, Anal has gone out of control in here with his lies and insults.
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue