2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder Consumer Review: 2zz swapped spyder review with

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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2zz swapped spyder review with TRD suspension
By jlevy2 on


2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder 2dr Convertible


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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).
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