I have owned many cars over the years sadly this offering from Toyota a company who are living in the past in terms of reliability and build quality. I collected the vehicle from a large North West Toyota dealership. I was forced to return when I experienced a juddering clutch and some gears were nigh on impossible to engage without that crunching noise especially when vehicle was cold. The dealership claimed that this was the very first Yaris with this problem? and even scoured Toyotas own internal technical website result... not one single problem reported? sadly reading the pages of this excellent motoring website I am not too surprised that perhaps the suggestion of no problems with the Yaris is not so. I had to insist that they inspect my almost new Yaris and as a result a modified clutch and a different gearbox oil was used, which only eases gear selection problem slightly when warm, dealer principal assures will improve with use? Have experienced all the problems highlighted by other owners but the most annoying has to be noise from both the engine, drowns radio out completely and road noise. Forced to keep car at least 12 months roll April 09 cannot come quick enough.
This is my third Toyota. I kept my last one for 12 years and had no problems at all with it. Indeed a friend asked if he could buy it from me and its still going strong. This one has so far (6,000 miles) had the juddering clutch replaced with the new modified version. Since then engaging some gears (mainly 2nd) has become difficult/noisy at times, especially when the engine and the weather have been cold. They have now replaced the synchromesh on 2nd gear. A bit better, but not as good as before the new clutch. Now the central locking has started doing things it didn't do before: it sounds as though its going through the unlocking routine twice every time I unlock the car and then when I start the engine it does it again. This is worrying as the car lives outside. Back to my local, thankfully helpfull, Toyota dealer tomorrow. I thought this car might see me through my retirement, and yet this afternoon I found myself pondering on how much I would get for it in part exchange. I had assumed that nothing would go wrong with it - that's the whole point of buying a Toyota so far as I'm concerned, but I was wrong. I doubt if I will buy a fourth Toyota.
My wife has owned this car since March 2008. Much has been said in other reviews about the poor quality of these cars and I must concur about the low rent, rattling cabins, poor fit and finish and the ridiculously bad design of the sliding rear seat.
Ours has the now common clutch judder and this now seems to be "what Yaris's do" in Toyota's eyes.
Three dealers have now described the car as normal, as the refitted the various bits that have broken or fallen off.
Performance is very poor, the car obviously has an engine because of the cacophany from under the bonnet but, like the steering, it does not appear to be connected to the wheels. Handling is unacceptable, the car feels like it will tip over on cornering, ride is also very poor, I have never felt car sick in any vehicle before the Yaris.
I have seen the Yaris described elsewhere as a £5000 car with a £10000 price tag. I don't think it's that good.
Sadly fair to say we have had a few problems with vehicle,whining drive belt,poor ventilation blower, very noisy at speeds over 50, go over a sandy/gravel surface it feels like underside of cars sound proofings non existent rattling around the wheel arches. I too have had problems with clutch local dealer was unable to identify any problems? aside from drawing pictures progress was difficult informed me 4 had tested car no problems? so insisted I go out with technician in the end, and it just seemed just like a ride out for him to be honest but he agreed their was a judder problem. Worst car I've had, dealer attention laughable, hard work to make progress. Local dealer is part of Toyota owned chain maybe that's the problem, so would have to go 20 plus miles to use a franchised independent, will bide my time Another Toyota? ..... no never again.
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