Used Toyota Yaris Hatchback 2006 - 2011 review

Category: Small car

Section: Advice for buyers

2006 - 2011 review
Toyota Yaris Hatchback (06 - 11)
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback (06 - 11)
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback (06 - 11)
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Advice for buyers

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

The second-generation Yaris was known for its reliability, but so far this model hasn't always upheld that reputation.

Owners complain of lots of niggles, and What Car? readers give this Yaris three out of five stars for reliability.

Clutch judder and synchromesh problems on the gearbox appear to be common, and the engine warning light can also come on with the diesel model, resulting in a trip to the dealer. Fan belts can need adjusting and, in rare cases, the air-con can fail.

Owners of early cars with the MMT auto gearbox complained that it changed down gear while the revs were too high, or changed gear erratically. This appears to have been fixed on later cars, but a good test drive should reveal any faults.

There have also been a number of recalls on the Yaris, including headrest and airbag faults, and engines that stall, so make sure that any repair work has been done.

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