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Toyota MR2 (2000 - 2006)

Last updated 10 June 2019

 
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Model Timeline

March 2000

MR2 went back to its roots and became a sporty spyder once again. All new 1.8 litre 140 bhp VVT-i engine. 0-60 in 7.9 seconds; tops out at 130 mph. Soft top has glass rather than plastic rear window and is very easy to raise and lower. Low weight: just 975kg, like original MR2. Combined mpg figure 38.2 mpg. UK cars have Thatcham 1 security system.

Extra-cost sequential manual 5-speed sports shift 'auto' works the right way round: lever back to change up; forwards to change down, but better still using press buttons on the steering wheel. This is the best version to drive because it enables you to more fully exploit the handling.

A decent driver in one of these can keep up with an average driver in a Mitsubishi EVO VI. Huge fun. Options include hard top, air conditioning, leather seat facings. Prices cut to from £17,995 still with three year warranty from October 2000, but available from trade Sales of Slough and Motorpoint of Derby at £14,999 without the extra two years warranty.

January 2002

Toyota's UK base price for MR-2 cut by £850 to £17,130. Tweaks for 2003 Facelift include standard six-speed manual gearbox; optional six-speed semi-automatic SMT with steering wheel change buttons, stability, traction control and brake assist for SMT versions and bigger 16-inch rear wheels for all.

31-5-2006: 200 final numbered edition TF300s announced at £18,015. Had custom leather and Alcantara upholstery and twin sports exhaust. Crystal Silver, Astral Black and Sable body colours are available with red leather and Chilli Red and Lagoon Blue with grey leather interior.

An extra dash of sports style is provided by smart twin stainless steel TTE sports exhaust pipes. Other features include electric door mirrors and windows, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, retractable soft-top with heated glass rear window, wind deflector, alloy wheels and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm. 138PS, 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds, top speed 131mph, combined consumption 38.2mpg and 178g/km CO2.

TF300s did not have the plastic rear undertray so any problems with the vulnerable rear crossmember are easily spotted. The consequence of this and the sports exhaust is a bit more noise.

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