Used Toyota Yaris Hatchback 1999 - 2003 review

Category: Small car

Section: Advice for buyers

1999 - 2003 review
Toyota Yaris Hatchback (99 - 03)
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback (99 - 03)
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback (99 - 03)
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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, is 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, while 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.

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