Used Car of the Day: 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 2003 toyota mr2 spyder

We haven't featured a Toyota MR2 in this space very often -- maybe ever. This one is based in Florida, and sadly not a stick.

The car will be available in July and have around 130K miles on the clock at that time. The seller says it will have new spark plugs, an oil change, and new trans fluid by then. The battery is new, too.

The car is apparently in good shape but has some minor issues.

If you want to check it out, click here. The ask is $8,500.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Jun 08, 2023

    Oh boy - the sequential manual transmission. Otherwise known as "Your 16 year old driving stick the first time is smoother" transmission. I know automakers were trying new things out around this time and seeing what would stick (hint: the dual clutches won out), but even in testing, the Toyota engineers should have said いいえ、ジャンクです。(No. It's a piece of junk.) Is this seller going to get $8500? Doubt it. Way too much interior work is needed and it just looks worn out in there. St. Petersburg - salt air year round can do some wonders under the cover as well. But the exterior still looks good which makes me thing it was garage kept. So, for $8,500 - no chance. But for maybe $5,500 to $6,000 and the buyer doesn't mind some extra work to clean up the interior, maybe a decent top down sun down fun car. Just hope the transmission holds up.

  • The MR2 is a blast to drive, particularly with the manual transmission. The automatic takes a lot away, but it still handles great and is a joy on a warm, sunny day.

    The Corolla mechanicals make it very dependable, but there are a few maintenance projects that are more difficult with the rear engine.

    This guy would be smart to reupholster the seat - it devalues the car more than it would cost to make it look nice.

    There are a couple of MR2s in my town that I would love to own, both in pristine condition. One is yellow, the other is green with a tan top. They are to Toyota what the Miata is to Mazda. Driving nirvana, no matter what TTAC's resident bile-spewing idiot in the first post has to say about such a wonderful car.

  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.
  • Inside Looking Out Chinese will take over EV market and Tesla will become the richest and largest car company in the world. Forget about Japanese.