The quality and reliability are wonderful, the engine is quiet but underpowered.
The car is very comfy, the boot is a good size and usable for a young family.
I bought the car in August 2003. By September, the car had developed an engine fault in that it used up all the engine oil over 2000 miles. Toyota checked everything then said the engine was built with the bore too big, thus burning too much oil.
To cut a long story short, Toyota replaced the complete engine, but only after the customer found the fault. The end result was excellent motoring with the new engine. A happy result all round.
I have driven this car many times and it has done a fair few miles around the country.
It's a practical car with plenty of space, owning two large dogs they had room to move around.
The ride is comfortable and never noisey, even the mother in law fell alseep. The interior of the car is basic but who needs style when you have comfort?
Overall verdict, a perfect reliable car any time anywhere.
I drive 25,000 miles a year and have owned the 1.8 vermont from new.
I have had a new steering rack fitted under warranty otherwise nothing has gone wrong in over 50,000 miles of driving. Toyota dealer is fine but a little pricey.
The car is very comfortable and easy to drive , I love it.
Minor gripes are rear vision when reversing into a space and non-illuminated electric mirror controls. I manage 40mpg using Shell optimax for 99% of my refuels.
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