hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,360 miles

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2002 Toyota MR2 transmission problems

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2002 Toyota MR2 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 272009

MR2 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota MR2 spyder. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a clutch replacement when he was advised that the transmission would also need replacing. Both were replaced however, when the contact drove the vehicle off the dealer's lot, the engine seized. The engine was replaced by a different dealer. The vehicle began to become stuck in certain gears and would stall sporadically. The transmission warning light was illuminated since the date the transmission was replaced. The vehicle was not further diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 47,000. Updated 01/31/11/ the engine gaskets and catalytic converter were replaced. Updated 04/20/11

- Austell , GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 192009


  • 145,720 miles
Toyota MR2 spyder smt transmission problems. (5 speed - clutchless shifting system) smt transmission went out on my MR2 spyder car. Got it fixed (or so I thought)at the dealership after excessive expense ($3,500) replacing two assemblies within the system. After this initial first trip to the dealership and supposedly repair, I was advised by dealership that the car was thoroughly tested, all codes erased on the on board computer, and car transmission was fixed and working properly. So I drove it home. Drove and shifted fine for about 1 1/2 weeks and I thought it was fixed. Then one night while driving, surrounded by traffic and a few trucks, the transmission suddenly and without warning, began lurching - mis shifting with new squealing noises coming from the back. I almost lost control of the car - not the steering - the momentum of the car vanished almost immediately - with random shifting occurring without even touching the stick shift. I was very, very lucky getting the car off to the side of the road without getting hit by any of the traffic around me at that time. The car is very small and could easily be crushed by larger vehicles in that reduced operation condition. It was also dark. I also was very lucky that I could "limp" it home from there after I tried to surmise what had happened to it. So it squealed and misshifted all the away home - I had to stay in second or third gear going slow on secondary roads with my flashers on. Afterwards - I have requested help from Toyota the corporation and dealership for what I feel is a defective smt system. This should never happen especially after it was supposed to be fixed after all of the diagnostics/testing/assembly replacements, etc. That they performed! why would Toyota allow someone to drive away with such a potential hazard like that? ridiculous and dangerous! I took it back to dealership, they said they did more diagnostics - recommend more replacement of very very expensive parts - help!!!!

- Cary, NC, USA

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