2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder Problems

Excessive Oil Consumption

Drivers of the Toyota MR2 Spyder may notice excessive oil consumption between oil changes, even to the extent of the engine oil warning light displayed on the multi-function display.

This issue is known to be caused by infrequent oil changes causing engine sludge, or worn piston rings. 

The engine should be cleaned of oil sludge, and if oil consumption remains excessive, the engine may need new piston rings, or other internal components replaced. 

To avoid this issue, change the engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles, and ensure the proper grade of oil is used. 

Rough Idle and Backfiring Engine with Check Engine Light

The MR2 Spyder 1.8L engine has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. 

The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed open by the camshaft, and closed by springs. When valves are closed, they seal against a valve seat. In this vehicle, the valve seat is too soft, so after the valve contacts it thousands of times, it becomes crushed. Once it is crushed, the valve can no longer make a proper seal, and the valves erode due to extreme temperature (burnt valve).

Symptoms related to this issue:

To repair the burnt valves, the cylinder head must be removed and rebuilt, which is a costly internal engine repair, however, this issue can be prevented through inspection and adjustment of valve clearances every 40,000 miles.

Transmission Slips Out of Gear

Manual transmission models of the MR2 Spyder tend to slip out of gear while driving. This is because the bushings that support the shift lever wear out very quickly, and prevent the shifter from placing the vehicle firmly in gear.

The remedy for the issue is to replace the bushings.

If left unchecked, the transmission may be subject to undue and premature wear.

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2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder Questions

My mr2 is barely idling. Where can i start a process of elimination? (1 answer)

I have to use both feet on the peddles to start it. It idles so slow that it dies. I had fault codes p1646 p1647. I removed the fuse for a time and i unhooked the negative cable from my battery to fix the faults once i tried to start it the car sounded like it was out of gas or flooded but i push...

when getting new tires should you have an alignment done on mr2 spyder? (1 answer)

many owners of mr2's say never and dealers usually say yes.

I have a 2002 MR2 5-speed Automatic that slips out of 4th. And 5th. And grinds. (1 answer)

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2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Rated
based on 2 customer reviews
Best car I have ever owned. Fun to drive.
Very spacious inside compared to similar models by other manufacturers. Economical and fun to drive, convertable top opens and closes easily in less than 5 seconds. Excellent engine and drive train; my model has the sequential manual transmission which is fun and convenient.

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