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  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
  • 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder with SMT in California wrecking yard
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
During my junkyard journeys, I see Toyota MR2s here and there, mostly of the first-generation 1985-1989 type. The final iteration of the MR2 was sold in North America for the 2000 through 2005 model years; sales never matched those of the earlier cars and the few that still exist seem prized by their owners for track-day duties, so I don't see many in wrecking yards. Here's a 2002 model in a Northern California self-service yard.

Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

2002 was the first model year for the five-speed sequential manual transmission in the MR2, and this car has one. Up until that time, those insisting on SMT shifting had to buy a costly exotic.

Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

The MR2's SMT had no automatic mode, so the driver had to shift using either the steering-wheel buttons (downshift buttons on the front, upshift buttons on the back) or the floor shifter. Futuristic stuff in 2002, like handling emails on a portable wireless device.

Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

This one looks to have been in decent enough cosmetic shape when it arrived in this place; the frunk-lid damage is the result of junkyard employees faced with a stuck latch and required to drain the fluids RIGHT NOW.

Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

The engine is a 148-horse, variable-valve-timing-equipped 1ZZ four displacing 1.8 liters. The car weighed just over a ton, so it was good and quick (for the price, in 2002).

Junked 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

It was lighter than a Miata and had more power, but car shoppers who once bought sporty two-seaters were moving into macho-looking sporty trucks and truck-influenced machinery by 2002.



The message of today's Junkyard Gem should be clear: if you ever wanted an MR2 Spyder, find one and rescue it before it ends up just as junked as an ordinary Paseo or Avalon.

Toyota MR2 Spyder Information

Toyota MR2 Spyder

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