hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,900 miles

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2003 Toyota MR2 engine problems

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2003 Toyota MR2 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012009

MR2 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


The design of the computer controlled power train makes throttle, transmission and starter inter-dependent. My vehicle has repeatedly lost power and coasted to a stop. The vehicle has been recently inspected by a Toyota dealer, who says there's nothing wrong with it. But the vehicle operator's manual anticipates stalling while underway and gives directions to re-start - sometimes successful, sometimes not and the vehicle has to be towed, in my experience. Manual directions (page 153): If your engine stalls while driving... reduce speed gradually, keeping a straight line. Move cautiously off the road to a safe place... manual transmission, na sequential manual transmission: Turn the ignition key to the "acc? or ?lock? position. Approximately 5 seconds after, try starting the engine again. If your engine will not start, see ?if you engine will not start -? on page 150 of this manual. How can one "move cautiously off the road to a safe place", if the engine won't run" this car is unsafe as manufactured, imo.

- Union, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 282013

MR2 4-cyl

  • 67,800 miles
Purchased used from carmax and within 100 miles the transmission light came on, it would not shift out of first gear. I had it delivered to have the vehicle looked at, and it refused to go into reverse gear next. When they attempted to drive it only 1 St and 2nd gear would work. After having a brand new transmission installed from Toyota by aamco transmission as soon as the vehicle made it back to the car dealer, it started leaking fluids all over the lot. The transmission solenoid had quit working and starting spraying hot fluids all over the vehicle. It has been towed back for followup repairs and they are considering refunding due to excessive vehicle damage.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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