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Wish the road never ends in a Spydee. by KT from Minnesota on 07/26/2009. Trim: 2004 Toyota MR2 Spyder Convertible, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: This car is a go-cart with shifter. Straight line acceleration is actually not great due to under-powered of 1.8L engine but the low inertia give some G feel. Curves, clover leaf on highway and mountainous road are tipping hazards to other cars but a playground for spydee. In fact, the g feel is amplified when hitting 50-55 mph on a tight curve using 3rd or 4th gear to keep spydee in high torque at higher RPM (just make sure you obey the traffic rules, which can be hard). I am lucky to find a used 2004 spydee with rare phantom gray pearl & red leather trim (only available in 2004 & 2005). Everyone is checking out the car (instead of me). Many have mistaken it for an expensive sport car.
Cons: Visibility with top-on is limited, with a big blind spot on driver's side. Weight distribution on this car is tail heavy-ier, so don't over-inflate the front tires (most mechanics in quick-lube won't know). During windy condition (depends on wind direction) at highway speed, slight lift could under-steer the front axle, not really a big problem (I think the spare tire is designed to anchor more weight to the front axle). Bumps, pot holes, patchy roads are the nemesis of spydee. Suspension is stiff, very rough ride under these road conditions, but it is not unexpected from a low wheel-base sport car. Getting in/out needs some get used to. Conversation in Spydee is not as good as Lexus SC430.
Overall review: All in all. Spydee is a car for driver who likes convertible fun with a true sport car feel, a fraction of the price of boxster yet practical for fuel economy (consistantly hit 30-35 mpg mix HWY+City) and everyday driving. Maintainance cost is expected to be low too (no problem so far for me so don't know yet). I put the top down every chance I could find and could not resist taking the car out first 3 weeks when I got the car. I could not think of another mid-mounted engine rear wheel drive sportcar comparable to Spydee (except for maybe a very used boxster) in this price range. Get a 2004 and above if possible because body, rear tire, rear lights, front facial had been upgraded. I guaranteed spydee will gives you the driving feel you never had before (if you never owned a porsche, lotus or MR2 or any sport cars less than 50k), a plus if you like attention. However, chick factor is low because this is not the most comfortible car to be in, get a SC430 for this purpose : P
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