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Pick of the Day: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

4,400 original miles on the odometer

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I cannot imagine there is a universal standard for a vehicle to be considered “low mileage”. Subjective notions tend to influence someone’s answer, like my history of buying used cars with substantial mileage. I consider 40,000 miles or less to be low mileage on newer cars and I imagine some readers might think this is a bit high. However I think most folks would agree that 4,000 original miles is low mileage on most cars, especially those 20-years or older.

The Pick of the Day is a 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Cadillac, Michigan. (Click the link to view the listing)

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

“This 2001 example was acquired by the seller from the original owner in 2022 and subsequently repainted in its factory color of Absolutely Red along with replacement of the convertible top,” the listing states. “Now showing just over 4k miles on the odometer.”

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

It is powered by a mid-mounted 1.8L 1ZZ-FED inline-four engine with VVT-i variable valve timing. The engine produced a factory-rated 138 hp and 127 lb.-ft of torque when new. Not exactly Earth shattering power but with a 2,195-pound curb weight the MR2 Spyder could go from 0-60 mph in 7.16 seconds and run a ¼ mile in 15.40 seconds. Those were solid performance figures for the era and the 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder was quicker than its rival Mazda Miata on the track (0-60 mph in 7.90 seconds, ¼ mile in 15.92 seconds). The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

The black interior has seating for two with bucket seats. Amenities include an AM/FM/CD/Cassette stereo, air conditioning, power windows, and power door locks.

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

To bolster the MR2’s low mileage nature it rides on 15-inch wheels with the original Bridgestone Potenza tires, and the listing advises an oil change was completed in preparation for the next owner.

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

The listing price for this 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder is $39,995, and the sale includes owner’s manual, a clear title, and a clean CARFAX report.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I dont believe these low mileage cars to be accurate if they’ve been repainted. 4k and a new paintjob just doesn’t make sense

  2. car looks cool in the pics but I’d be careful driving with the “original tires” if as stated they are actually 20+ year old, tires dry rot just sitting in storage for that long.

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