After owning a brand new fiat punto evo for the past year and half, and my time was up on hire purchase. my parents bought me a 2007 yaris. At first i was thinking its a bit of a old persons car as i am only 21, so i would of been even happier with a ford fiesta. (i sound very spoilt) loads of room in the car, but there is no height adjustment for driver seat. which is very annoying and uncomfortable, but you learn to live with it. there is loads of cup holders and storage throughout the car. the engine... well what engine it can get nippy through some gears, but not very good when your trying to enter the motor way, you HAVE to leave it high gear to gain speed. its so hard to say with this car, i do and i don't like it. you do need to get higher spec with alloys blah blah to make it look a 'nice' car. It has clever back seats. but i can honestly say doing 80mph it feel quieter, steady, and more in control than my brand new fiat. the fuel economy is good. put a tenner and do about 80 miles. which fuel being 132.9... its not bad at all. its saying I'm doing 47-48mpg, but i have a heavy foot, so I'm sure if i drove it like a saint i would get over 50mpg. overal I'm half and half with this car, i like it... and i don't... yes i know don't make sense... but its hard going from a beautiful looking car.. to a boring toyota.. i will learn to like it in time.
I bought this car second hand shortly before the 3 yr old warrenty expired, and have been somewhat disappointed. First the ABS went, Toyota replaced it out of the goodness of their hearts given that it's a manufaturing fault (otherwise it would've cost around 1500). Then my whole air conditioning system broke, cost of replacement 750, Toyota said it's just one of those things. Then the check engine light came on, car would go into neutral mid reversing into a busy road, or simply wouldn't shift past neutral on start. Toyota said at first, the problem was listed as a manufacturing fault with the clutch on their system, and they would make enquiries as I may not have to pay. Then on investigation, called back and said it was normal wear and tear on the clutch - cost 1250 as it's an automatic. Became suspicious and got and external garage to check it out, the very same Toyota dealer told them it was matter of fact a broken tranmission (faulty manufacturing part Toyota knows about), this in turn damaged the clutch. Both needs to be replaced at cost - 2000. I understand Toyota has the chassis number of all cars with the faulty parts. I just wanted to warn people to please be careful when you buy this particular model (mine is often recalled for inspections but they don't tell you why). The paint on the car is also beginning to rust already. Toyota have acrossed as shady to me now. I will be switching to Mazda.
I purchased this car June 08 after having a 07 reg Rav-4. Doing 30,000 miles plus a year and the way the diesel prices shot up, it was with much regret that the Rav had to go quite sharpish. Marshall Toyota Peterborough were excellent and with the Rav having covered 40,000 in just over a year, a cracked front bumper through playing dodgem cars, chipped front windscreen and needing a major service, Marshall offered me a straight swap on a brand new Yaris SR. Despite feeling a lot more intimidated on the road due to a lot smaller size, the Yaris has been brilliant. 60+ mpg and not really that slow, it is an excellent small motorway cruiser. The standard kit on the SR is excellent, the radio with removable tom tom and bluetooth have been a must, although teething problems with the tom tom meant being out of action for 16 weeks! The only bit that wasnt built by toyota and it breaks!! A great car, good running costs and £35 a year tax. Well done Toyota.
Manual Gearbox hopeless, especially when cold. Which seems to be a common theme. Very reluctant to engage 1st, 2nd, 3rd and reverse. Changing down particuarly from 5th to 4th also can be very hit and miss. So far it has had a new clutch, gearbox rebuild (which took 4 weeks) and after Toyota intervention a new gearbox.....and its still rubbish. Other gripes include creeky streering column and a boot hatch that opens at a snails pace!
Dealer and for that matter Toyota UK's attitiude very indifferent. Car now nearly 18 months old and very much a dissapointment. So much for Toyota's reputation which was one of the reasons for buying the thing. In a word cr*p
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…