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Old 03-05-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default So I've crossed over, bought the Miata's cousin

So I drove to Omaha, NE from Sioux Falls, SD (about 3 hours) on my day off yesterday to pick up my new edition: 01 Toyota MR2 Spyder. 70K miles 5 speed manual, not too bad of a rig. I have always liked these and could never snag one at a good price, so when I found this one w/ a salvage title and a clueless owner asking $8900 I talked him down to $4300 and drove there the next day. Car is in good shape, I like them with a salvage title because I usually end up replacing just about everything anyway and when I am done I can usually still make alittle money on it. I ordered full suspension struts and springs today as well as wheels and tires. I don't have any plans to turbo her yet, but AutoX here I come. I stayed out of autox last season after selling my Miata and buying my 99 corvette, tires were just a bit too expensive to be eating up, so this car will be perfect. I wanted the Konig britelites in the black w/ machined face, but every place is out and Konig won't have them available until 4-22...so I settled.
here are the wheels I got:
Drag DR-9 custom rims

The last pic is of my Miata I sold at the end of last summer, it was supercharged...gay I know


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nice story, Hansell.
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I love my Britelites

What is the deal with Toyota putting truck shifters in their sports cars? My buddy's celica shifter looks just like that and has like 3ft of throw.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:36 PM   #4
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nice story, Hansell.
Thanks Hustler, I'm honored to have had you post on my topic.
Nothing better than improperly quoted sarcasm, c'mon do ur research
http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...Story%20Hansel

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Cool story, Hansell.
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I have always liked the look of the spyder. If only they were cheaper I would buy one.
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Call me crazy but I always thought these cars were hideous.
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Why the salvage title? Ride looks good....
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The steering wheel looks like my Nardi...

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That year mr2 is lighter than any other miata i do believe.
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you know that's a girls car don't you?
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the biggest thing I didnt and dont like about those cars is that substantial mods for it are sparse and iirc, the stock motor didnt take to kindly to turboing
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What was the reason for the salvage?
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you know that's a girls car don't you?
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I am impressed by your bartering skills
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2zz swap ftw.
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What was the reason for the salvage?
Salvage title according to the www.nicb.org was due to a collision. I happened back in 06 about 20k miles ago. I looked the car over pretty good and it appears a fender and the hood was replaced, seeing as how the motor is in the back of the car I wasn't too worried about prior damage to it mechanically. On cars that are more rare it has been my experience that a salvage title if repaired properly has little effect on value to the right buyer.
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2zz swap ftw.
TURBO kit FTW.
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you know that's a girls car don't you?
read this article:
2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder User Reviews - MSN Autos,


"The Miata is about as boring and plain as a car claiming to be a sports car can be. If you are a woman, get the Miata, if you are interested in attracting one, get the MR2."

I don't completely agree, and it is sad that everyone who hasn't owned or driven one thinks that if you drive a 2 seater roadster it is either your wife's. gf's car, or you're gay
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You have a potential SCCA E-stock winner there. I would gladly give up my miata for one of these. A turbo MR2/MRS would make a serious track weapon mostly because of the weight bias. Its something like 45/55 I believe.
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