Used Toyota Yaris Hatchback 2003 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Advice for buyers

Toyota Yaris Hatchback (03 - 05)
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback (03 - 05)
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback (03 - 05)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Toyota Yaris hatchback?

By far and away the biggest complaint about the Yaris, according to Warranty Direct, concerns the transmission. There have been reports of whining gearboxes, but most of these should have been replaced under the manufacturer's three-year warranty. More common are slipping clutches, especially if the car has been used mainly in town.

Uneven tyre wear is an indication of misaligned suspension, so look for kerb-damaged wheels. Otherwise, the Yaris is a hard-wearing supermini with a much higher-than-average rating for reliability, which explains its continually strong showings in the JD Power survey and our own reliability reports.