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  1. JazzyJay

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    I bought an ‘01 Toyota MR2 Spyder. It’s a blast.

    I wanted a car for my two college-age boys (unexpectedly home from college) to tinker with, and to learn standard shift. Turns out the car is a pleasure to drive...and parts are a tad cheaper than my 360.

    The MR2 handles and corners remarkably well (way better than my buddy’s Miata), has some pep (only weighs 2100 lbs), and runs like a top. It also has cup holders and a glass rear window (unlike 360).

    I had an “original” generation’86 MR2 that I loved. Anyway, if you’re looking for a fun car, consider the gen3 (‘01-05) MR2 Spyder. Great bang for the buck.


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  2. cnpapa24

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    Sounds fun! Have always liked them.
     
  3. tomc

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    There's a silver MR2 Spyder - think it's third gen - that I see around here from time to time. Looks like a fun little car!
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  4. JazzyJay

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    If it is a soft-top convertible, then is a Mk-III (3rd gen) MR2. Early card were hardtops or targas.


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  5. tomc

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    OK, the silver one I have seen is definitely a soft-top.
    I've thought from time to time about getting an older Nissan, Toyota, etc. for fun driving.
    I never see F-cars around when I'm driving the Cali :)(), but I see older Japanese cars (Z's, MR2's, jeeps, etc.) still being enjoyed.
    Cool. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your new toy...T
     
  6. NbyNW

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    I had a white second gen MR2. Lots of fun but didn’t last long. Traded it for an Isuzu Trooper that was much better suited for college stuff. Until it blew a head gasket.
     
  7. JazzyJay

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    I’ve had some fun Japanese cars in addition to the MR2s. One is the (mostly Mazda) early ‘90s Mercury Capri convertible. Lousy power but still fun. The other is an ‘80’s Toyota Celica convertible. Peppy, fun, reliable.

    Many Japanese cars have no soul, but some have a little soul
    and a lot fun.


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  8. Tcar

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    The Mk II Turbo is the hot ticket for the MR2.... it's a heck of a car.
     

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