Bought a MR2 roadster that has the Sequential Manual Transmission (bought it as a non driver) Toyota MR2

I bought the car with the gearbox issue , car runs but wont go into gear, checked the smt fluid bottle is ok at right level , the red light is on when I start the car but it wont move , will select gears but wont move, thought the brake switch might be gone but thinking either the neutral switch or the transmission ecu.
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Hi there – the first task is to get stored problem codes – which may require a Toyota-specific code reader to get the level of diagnostic needed. Sequential Manual Transmissions are very sophisticated, computer-managed units, and very dependent on the sensors necessary to control the clutch, gear engagement and actual operation. Your problem may very well require a Toyota dealer or service center with the specific test gear and software updating capabilities required to service this unit. Unfortunately, YourMechanic does not offer this service at this time. Thanks for thinking of us though!

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Mr. Two gets a sequential manual transmission.
The biggest Toyota MR2 engine issue is pre-cat failure, which occurs more frequently on pre-facelift cars (pre-2003). The issue is that the catalytic converter breaks up in the exhaust manifold and bits can make their way back into the engine, causing failure, which then can be costly.
A five-speed manual transmission was standard, with a four-speed automatic available as an option.
Toyota`s hard-earned reputation for reliability is evident in the MR2 and there`s little to be worried about when buying this mid-engined roadster. However, it`s worth checking for any signs of crash damage, or track day use such as excessively worn tyre edges.
As you can see in the model year ranges for each generation, MR2 availability in North America was sporadic throughout the car`s life, and I think that`s part of why it`s such an uncommon car today.
What started as a design experiment gave rise to a JDM classic – the Toyota MR2. As with many JDM legends, the MR2`s story starts with the pursuit of redefining what a good car is, challenging the status quo.
This is an excellent car – for those who want a true two-seater and can manage with no boot or storage space. It`s fun to drive although prone to side slide in wet or icy conditions.
The Toyota MR2 has a maximum top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). It can also go from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 8.4 seconds and has a fuel consumption rate of 7.3 liters/100km. Here`s a closer look at how fast a Toyota MR2 can go.
The MR2 was nicknamed the “poor man`s Ferrari” and officially ended production in 2007, after three generations. After nearly 20 years, however, Toyota is making plans to resurrect a mid-engine model. The fourth-generation Toyota MR2 is planned to debut in 2025, which at the time of writing is just two years away.
With suggestions that it could be full-electric or even sport a Suzuki or Lotus derived hybrid powertrain. But Japanese automotive site Best Car has indicated that the MR2 will now not be the next sports car from Toyota, but that we will have an electric version of the Supra.
All modifications and maintenance have been done by me except the occasions that one of them required bodywork. The Toyota MR2 is absolutely capable of being a very fun, reliable daily driver if you live in a place where the climate allows for it.
Is the Toyota MR2 as dangerous as people think? The short answer is that all generations of the MR2 are quite safe to drive – but they do require some respect and knowledge of how they work if you plan to push the limits in this car.
However you look at it, it`s hard not to conclude that the original MR2 remains underappreciated, a classic in all but name whose time has yet to come.
There are 10,477 TOYOTA MR2 left in the UK with an MOT. 0.0316% of all UK vehicles are TOYOTA MR2. Vehicle data is updated in near real-time as they pass & fail MOT tests.
21) According to the website How Many Left, fewer than 11,000 examples (both officially supplied and imports) of the MR2 are now officially registered in the UK. 22) Toyota president Akio Toyoda has commented that he would like “Three Brothers” within Toyota`s sports car line-up.
Top speed. About 150 MPH. (160 MPH if you want to exaggerate).
With a 112-hp, 16-valve, twin-cam 1.6-liter inline-four mounted ahead of the rear axle, disc brakes all around, a five-speed manual gearbox (a four-speed automatic was optional) and an optional (yet functional) rear spoiler, the MR2 was essentially a budget exotic car.
Nathan Freke is the owner, builder and hold-on-tight driver of the world`s fastest all-Toyota MR2, which recently clinched the quarter-mile record after setting a blistering 8.718 second pass at a terminal speed of 162.47 miles per hour.
A: The average price of a MR2 is $17,330.
Dimensionally, it`s almost exactly the same size as a Mazda Miata, albeit marginally shorter and slightly wider. So yes it`s small, but not abnormally so. Styling, however, couldn`t be more disparate. Where the Miata is derived from, say, the Lotus Elan, the MR2 Spyder has a more Porsche Boxster-like slant to it.
Rust is the main issue with these cars, brakes are a common fault (calipers stick). If you think this is a decent car with good suspension, ball joints, brakes, radiator, etc, then maybe it`s worth saving.
The one that interests us most is the turbocharged version. Earlier MR2s were known for lift-off oversteer, so the quick turbo isn`t for the faint-hearted, but drive one properly and pick your cornering speed right, and you`ll be given a rewarding driving experience. It`s a car with a powerful heart.
Toyota MR2

Yep, M-R-2 in French is pronounced “emm-air-d” – a popular French curse word.

Toyota says the fourth generation of the MR-2 will come out sometime in 2025. The Japanese carmaker is known for teaming up with other automakers to make sports cars from the ground up. Yamaha is responsible for most of Toyota and Lexus` high-performance models over the years.

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Bought a MR2 roadster that has the Sequential Manual Transmission (bought it as a non driver) Toyota MR2
ANSWER : Hi there – the first task is to get stored problem codes – which may require a Toyota-specific code reader to get the level of diagnostic needed. Sequential Manual Transmissions are very sophisticated, computer-managed units, and very dependent on the sensors necessary to control the clutch, gear engagement and actual operation. Your problem may very well require a Toyota dealer or service center with the specific test gear and software updating capabilities required to service this unit. Unfortunately, YourMechanic does not offer this service at this time. Thanks for thinking of us though!

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