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Finally, some fun on the streets
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By Mike
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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The MR2 will never appeal to soccer moms, farmers, or anyone who prioritizes "practicality" over fun; however, if you want a reliable, economical, relatively rare, good-looking, and super fun way of getting from point "A" to "B" the MR2 can not be beat.


Favorite Features

agility, acceleration, engine sound


Suggested Improvements

dump the cup holder in center console


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Like A Go-Kart for Big Kids
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By Matt
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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If you love to drive and don't want to shell out for a Porsche, this is your car. It handles like it's on rails. So much so that it takes a little time to get used to it if you're not accustomed to high performance mid-engine coupes. I've known a couple of people who have these just to take to the track as a sprint car. They handle just that well.


Favorite Features

Super easy to put top up/down - you can do it one-handed at a stop light. Near perfectly balanced center of gravity. SMT tranny is an outstanding value. Basically unavailable in any other sports car in this price range.


Suggested Improvements

The wind guard behind the seats cannot be folded up/down with the seats fully reclined. Probably too small if you're over 6' tall. I wish Toyota offered the OEM supercharger they had for earlier models. No real way to boost performance without going off the reservation.


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Fun, safe, freedom car
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By Pam
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Love my car. With only 9,000 miles on it, it went under an 18 wheeler at 70 mph. If it weren't for the great handling ability and rear wheel drive, I wouldn't be here today. I was able to pull the car out at 70 mph, with the front passengers wheel torn off!! The performance and handling of the MR2 in a situation like ths is outstanding. Over $10,000 later, and 2 months, this car looks and runs better than new. Toyota should be proud of making such a safe and realiable MR2 Spider!! Thank you.


Favorite Features

The handling ability of the MR2 is excellent.


Suggested Improvements

Standard cruise control, I had an add-on installed.


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No more Toyotas
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By Luigi
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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After 35000+ miles it all went downhill. Power steering went bad. Suspension went bad. Soft top & body rattles. Exhaust system rattles. Small hardware parts broke. Rear brakes went out. Parts took weeks to get. Never in stock.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage at 33 mpg highway. Handling.


Suggested Improvements

Poor heater. Poor comfort.


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Fun For Two
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By Cameron
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Way better handling than Miata, can't beat a mid-engine design, also better build quality and materials. I wish Toyota would have given it another 20 horsepower, with its light weight this car would really accelerate fast. It gets good mileage (31 mpg) but I would gladly give some up for more speed.


Favorite Features

Handling, shifter, brakes.


Suggested Improvements

More horsepower, auto off headlights.


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Fun Little Roadster
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By Arthur
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Great car, tried Miata too but MR2 is a way better car mid-engine handling, turns flat, very predictable, great shifter, awesome brakes, stiff chassis, and lightweight, the guys at Toyota sure know what they are doing. Sure it's not as quiet as my Camry, but it is a sports car, this car is a good therapy on a bad day, this car makes one smile. If you can live without the trunk I strongly recomend this car.


Favorite Features

Handling, glass rear window, fuel economy (31 mpg), braking and of course, after 3 years of hard use, not one problem.


Suggested Improvements

30 More horsepower, 6 speed manual trans , why wasn't the 2ZZ-GE available? Same as the Celica GT-S.


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CRUIZIN 4 2
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By Arthur
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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This is not my daily car, I have a Camry. The MR2 is awesome, great handling, stopping, & gas mileage. Even with spirited driving it still gets an average of 31 mpg. I have problems when I drive because wife or 6 year old son always want to ride in it, do they make one with 3 seats? Just kidding. Also seals great - even in the torrential florida rain this car does not leak, have 2 other relatives who own Miatas. They both said all convertibles leak til I proved them wrong with my Toyota, plus the MR2 has much stiffer chassis less twitching & no rattles, again better that Miatas.


Favorite Features

Handling feel that only a mid engine car can provide.


Suggested Improvements

Toyota should have made the 180 hp (2ZZ) engine available as an option.


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Best fun car w/o a doubt
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By DRM
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Took the spyder to Victoria, BC. A management challenge in fitting both mine and wife's luggage into the small box behind the seats. Even stuff a small suitcase into the well where the top folds in. 1000 miles up and 1000 mils back. Besides getting by with minimal luggage, this car was fun and I believe safe as it can outrun any truck or suv on the highway. Around town, no one can even come close. Attracted lots of attention as this car is not available in Canada. Good mileage on top of speed, handling and style. Have not had this much fun for a long time.


Favorite Features

Around the mountain roads, this car can fly. No hint of breaking road contacts even on wet pavement and pulling high speed curves. What a blast.


Suggested Improvements

Not a thing. But, if a lighter top is possible.


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Very fun car
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By gsogymrat
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved this car at first sight and bought it after I drove it. The handling is terrific. It's the complete opposite of a SUV. With a curvy road and a sunny day you just can't help but smile.


Favorite Features

Very nimble, excellent transmission, good fuel economy, great pickup, easily convertable, distinctive style, Toyota reliability


Suggested Improvements

More luggage space and a MP3 stereo.


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My 2003 Yellow MRII Tension Reliever
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By License Plate (KMA)
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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Tight steering, fast response, smooth short throw shift, excellent cornering, snug seats with excellent side support, I am 6 ft 2 and half and weigh 275 lbs. Easy in .... a bit harder getting out but plenty of space inside once situated. NO ROOM FOR ANY BAGGAGE unless you roll up a pair of jeans with socks and underwear along with a tee shirt and force into the lunch box size compartment under the front hood. All in all though it lifts the spirits just looking at it sitting in the drive ... and when its started up ,,,, watch out ... SMILE This car gets the looks of passerbys!!!!


Favorite Features

Color and sculpture, It's responsiveness in steering, shifting and throttle response. Mid engine design gives great traction and stability


Suggested Improvements

Rack on the back with molded removable trunks so a few more items could be carried on a overnight trip. Could be done easy enough so as to not screw up air flow coming off engine.


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