2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Problems

Timing chain/sprockets may need replacement due to wear and problems with VVTi

Occasionally the timing chain and sprockets need replacement due to premature wear and problems with the variable valve timing system (VVTi).

Rattle from Engine at All Speeds

The timing chain tensioner is designed to use oil pressure to keep tension on the timing chain. When it develops a leak, it can no longer provide tension, and the timing chain will begin to make a slapping or rattling sound at all times.

If left in this condition, the timing chain may fail, leading to costly internal engine repair.

To correct this issue the timing chain tensioner must be replaced with the revised part.

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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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Questions

when the 30 amp fuse to the hpu keeps blowing the gear stays on neutral what is the problem? (1 answer)

why don't the rear brake lights on my car go off? (5 answers)

They stay on whether the car is on or off. I did notice one of the light on the top panel in my trunk is out. There should be 3 and only two work.

P/S light is on but the power steering level is good (2 answers)

Power steering level is good and pump is not making noise but P/S light is on and power steering is not working

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2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Reviews

Rated
based on 3 customer reviews
A blast to drive even at 102K and fuel economy remains at factory specs (26/32 mpg) even though a tune up has yet to be done. Low maintenance and nary a repair the whole while. Finish remains bright and shiny even though parked outdoor year round. This car corners and handles like a dream. Headlights could provide more field of view, but the brakes are fantastic are the the transmission, sus...
It is a spooky all black 2003 w/ leather interior. I can't stop driving it. I am somewhat embarrassed to be hooked on a Toyota, when all I've owned for 18 years are two pick up trucks.
It's MY car and no one else in the family can drive it! I feel like a kid again. Nimble & quick feels very safe to drive. Shifting gears is GREAT! The linkage makes this little 'click-click' sound as you progress through the gears. Cool!

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