Car sucks overall. Continuous
breakdowns. Cheapo interior surprising
since it is a Toyota. So far needed
new a/c, antilock brakes failed, wiper
motor died, cruise sticks on. In shop
9 times in first 8 months!
My review may not be a fair one since my spyder is not really close to stock.
I've got a 2zz-ge engine and 6 speed from a 2001 Celica-GTS, the factory TRD suspension and bracing, additional under body bracing (breast plate), and much of the suspension rubber replaced with urethane.
The car drives great and is my daily driver and has been very reliable, especially for a 14 year old car.
Handling is very confident and acceleration with the 2zz engine is good.
I've also got the TRD clutch-type LSD which I would not recommend - I would prefer the factory helical LSD option instead.
Handling is very good, trans ratios are well spaced, it's a joy to drive.
It acts like a sports car should.
It weighs 2200 pounds - Toyota gets it.
I see people claiming their 3600 pound car is a sports car and realize they just don't understand.
It's a true sports car, so the following are not really complaints or suggested improvements, just observations:
1. Ride is not harsh, but is very sporty.
It follows every dip in the pavement and you feel everything.
2. The car can be loud with the engine behind your head.
Even with an upgraded stereo, it's difficult to appreciate any music while driving, but again, this is a sports car.
3. It can be very unforgiving of poor tire choices (cheap all season tires).
Great looking paper tiger. Clutch is
spongy and fights off efforts for quick
shifts making for a fast car but a slow
takeoff from the line. More horsepower
and better exhaust is desperately
needed. Steering has bad road feel
feedback with a plus/minus 3 degree
float. Power steering needs to have
less boost. Taking it on a overnight
trip - fogeddabotit. You'll need to
sleep in what your start out with.
Storage for about a 6-pack - without
ice. Tires suck - buy new rubber right
off the bat.
The tires on this car are lifeless. How do you expect a consumer to afford $500 annually for a set of tires. The tires on this car are 10,000 to 15,000 mile tires and if you compare this to the national average of miles driven per year, you'll soon see that a set of tires for this vehicle are required annually. If I had none this prior to the sale I'd have purchased a Mazda Miata or paid more and gotten a Honda S2000
This was a great little fun car.
Unfortunately I recently was T-boned at
over 60mph and it is now totalled. The
good news is that I only suffered
bruises as a result of how sturdy the
car was built. The handling is
excellent. Very responsive to the road
and never had mechanical problems. Not
recommended for people with kids due to
very little storage.
Met people everywhere who would stop
and ask me what it was, everyone loved
it. I've owned a convertible before but
never one that was this much fun.
Could use a little more horsepower to
match its looks and could definitely
use more storage.
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