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I'm currently in the market for a spyder. It seems that most of the ones I come across are 2000-2001. 2002-2003 are fewer and far between, and 2004-2005 are basically non-existent. I don't have a price limited set when searching. Were there fewer spyders sold in the later years? Or are the owners simply holding on to them?
 

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I find the bugeyes kind of endearing, honestly. Look really closely at the buying guides, though. I bought mine last month and the pinned posts were invaluable.

 

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boy is that link hard to read.

2000 - 7,233
2001 - 6,750
2002 - 5,109
2003 - 3,249
2004 - 2,800
2005 - 2,800


Total sales: 27,941
 

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boy is that link hard to read.

2000 - 7,233
2001 - 6,750
2002 - 5,109
2003 - 3,249
2004 - 2,800
2005 - 2,800


Total sales: 27,941
Those numbers are from Wikipedia, but the 2005 was listed as 780. Some other sources show slightly fewer 2005 cars sold, but any number is pretty small. More than 1/2 of all Spyders sold were 2000 and 2001
 

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2000 - 7,233
2001 - 6,750
2002 - 5,109
2003 - 3,249
2004 - 2,800
2005 - 780


Total sales: ?????

I don't think these numbers are accurate, just a SWAG. They do give some idea. If someone has better numbers please list them :)

Now take away all those that have been totaled in accidents the last 20+ years.

Heavily modified with engine changes or turbos added and made into race cars the number of available OEM spyders gets much smaller.

My 2001 has been modified.
 

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Found an old post from 2005 with data from Toyota on numbers sold in the US in a given year . It doesn't include 2005 sales. Some cars didn't sell in the year produced, so the numbers won't match model years. The Wikipedia numbers are apparently the number produced for North America in a given year, which may include Canada. That is not clear in any documentation available.

2004 2,609
2003 2,911
2002 4,673
2001 6,217
2000 7,174

No matter what numbers you use or how you add them up, that isn't a lot of cars total, probably around 25,000+ in the US. As suggested, take out the wrecks, the cars eventually worn out and scrapped (like SMT with terminal issues), ones converted to autocross or race cars, and ones modified with body kits or engine swapped, and the number of stock or nearly stock cars is going to be a lot less. Most of the cars will have high mileage after 20 years
 

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I used to have the numbers saved somewhere... * [[[[[ iirc ]]]]] *, There were 24,xxx sold in the US, and of that It was around 5k a year until 2003 when sales declined and then halved then nearly nothing for 2005. Something like 450-700 for 2005. The numbers I had saved were on like 40 something devices ago before cloud services, so thats from my faint memory from about 15 years ago.
 

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The Wikipedia numbers are apparently the number produced for North America in a given year, which may include Canada. That is not clear in any documentation available.
Beachbum - for clarity, Toyota never sold the MR2 Spyder in Canada. Toyota did sell previous gens of the MR2 but not the Spyder. Toyota decided early on it would not introduce the convertible to the Canadian marketplace. From my research, and to the best of my knowledge, all registered MR2 Spyders that are/were in Canada came from either the US, European or Asian markets. They were also labelled accordingly - US market MR2 Spyder; European market MR2 Roadster; Asian market MRS.
 

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Don’t forget that Mexico is also part of North America. Spyders were sold in Mexico through MY 2007. Pretty certain the numbers listed above include Mexico, 05 in particular is 4x higher than the known 780 USDM 05s.
 

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So the answer to the OP is about 20% of the spyders imported are the later face lift version. Maybe 5,000 for year 03 to 05. Today who knows maybe the percentage is higher because of loss's of the 00 to 02 version.

Bottom line there are not many spyders period, one of the reasons I have one. Cheap fun, relatively unique.
 

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I have one of those 2005 MT Spyders. Not stock (MWR goodies, 6MT, turbo on 1ZZ, TRD suspension). Just passed 30K miles. Easy to return to stock setup but no reason. Best street car ever. Lots of torque from the 1ZZ/turbo, 6th on the freeway and good on the gas IF I can keep my foot out of it. I even have a hardtop and the factory rims. The plan to to be buried in it when I die at 105.
 
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