2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder 1.8 1zz fe from North America
Good alternative to a Miata. Difficult to work on
Bought the car knowing it needed a clutch. Didn't know about the common pre cat failure.
The headlights need a little polishing.
Chrome door handle peels a little.
The warm up catalytic converters have a bad habit of breaking up, the ceramic dust (which is very hard) scores the cylinder walls. This leads to excessive oil consumption. If you are looking at buying an MR2 from 00-02, check the pre cats by removing the O2 sensors and looking in with a flash light. That being said, it does handle well and has a nice exhaust note. You do have to drop the engine for any kind of gasket replacement though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2011
12th Apr 2011, 10:28
Glad you emphasized the problems with 2000 through 2002 models. Apparently, these engines should have been recalled. As one of many folks who lost thousands of dollars replacing the engine and exhaust system, I've been blogging about Toyota, and published a post with links to two major MR2 clubs - one in this country and one in Europe - that have been screaming about the issue for years: http://tinyurl.com/clm2uw.
I also discussed this matter in a recent article published by Torque News: http://www.torquenews.com/1/316-opinion-toyota-losin-reason.