At $15,000, Could This 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder Attract A Buyer?
it’s getting harder and harder to find a mid-engine sports car that doesn’t cost much. Today Good price or no dice MR2 Spyder is one of the last to get on this crazy train. Let’s see if, for this one, this train has already left the station.
Regarding vehicles for sale, one thing that most of you like Cars that have been modified from factory spec or otherwise customized by the current owner or a previous owner are shy. We usually call them “other people’s projects”.
the 2002BMW X5 3.0i we looked at yesterday hadn’t been modified from its factory spec – and with a five-speed stick those specs were pretty great too. Instead, this big Bimmer carried on his shoulders the burden of a life of 223,000 miles and some obvious glitches that had manifested over the years and those miles. It didn’t make it someone else’s project but, for many of you, another person’s problem. Even at $3,600 – relatively cheap for an X5 – it was something the majority of you weren’tready to assumeand the BMW suffered a loss of 58% with no dice.
Hey, have you looked at the prices of the Porsche Boxsters and Cayman (Caymani?) for some time? Crazy, right? It’s not just the Germans either. should you take a look at the current market prices for Used Alfa 4CWhere Elise and Evora models from Lotus, you’ll find that even those with salvage titles are equally demanding Crazytown fares.
If you’re someone in the market for a mid-engined sports car that’s relatively new (i.e. not a crusty car old Pontiac Fiero) and I don’t want to go back to college-era eating habits to to afford it, what would you do?
Well there is this 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder to consider. The MR2 Spyder is the latest in Toyota’s line of mid-engined sports cars and is the only model to sport a fully convertible top. No, these didn’t come with an optional supercharged engine or handling twitchy enough that when asked well might kill you but eand opening the top is a good substitute.
This one comes with the TRD Jock package, which upgrades the suspension with more aggressive struts and springs and bigger anti-roll bars. This should make the driver more entertaining and somewhat offset the 1.8-liter 1ZZ four mounted behind the seats. do only 138 horsepower. Also a plus, the transmission here is a gear lever to make the most of this modest corral.
This engine has a note stuck on the cam cover, which may indicate work done in the past or is a clue to some hidden treasure. There is another one on the air filter housing but the ad does not pass what they could mean.
What we do know is that the seller got the car from his grandfather and the grandfather bought the car new. It is now described as being in “completely mechanically sound” condition, albeit with a few cosmetic boogers. those too go not described in the ad, but that’s meIt should be noted that the car is wearing a mask in all the photos. It could hide cosmetic flaws, or it could just be too complicated to remove and replace. Or maybe it’s because of COVID.
Anyway, the rest of the car seems to be in great shape right down to the headlight covers which show no signs of yellowing or ghosting, which is often a problem with these cars. The interior also looks fully functional, with no split seams on the seats or other glaring flaws visible. It’s worth noting that these cars are tiny on the inside, so people with claustrophobia probably shouldn’t apply. Other notable aspects of the car include the convertible top which looks like it could handle a good cleaning and the chrome plating on the alloy wheels which is a love or leave it proposition.
Unlike yesterday’s overused Bimmer, this Toyota sports a modest 96,000 miles on the odometer. Plus, it’s a Toyota, so it’d probably do the Bimmer’s mileage without breaking a sweat. The title is clean and the price is $15,000.
That price is roughly what a Porsche Boxster of the same era and condition will currently pull, but for how much longer? The Porsche will also cost more to maintain on the road. The MR2, however, should do the daily driver’s job without complaint for years to come.
What do you think, is this Spyder a good deal with this requested $15,000? Or, however, if the cosmetic state is as healthy as that of the mechanics?
H/T to Rick G. for the hookup!
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