06 December 2013
Purchased this vehicle with 519 miles on the clock, at 3500 miles an amber warning light appeared on the instrument panel, on taking the car to the dealer I was advised it would need a new ABS Actuator Unit Assembly at a cost of some £1200. I thought it would be covered by the warranty but was told it was in fact some three weeks out of date. so not covered but after some heated discussion they agreed to pay half the cost. I have owned many TOYOTA vehicles over a 40 year period, but this one is not of the same quality.
Submitted: 2013-11-12 | ID: 10738
I was a driving instructor and bought my d4d to replace my mk 1 Yaris 1 ltr petrol as it had done 60,000 miles+ in 4 years so chose a mk 2 diesel. Glad I did, it has now done over 90,000 miles, 70,000 of which was with learner drivers, good mpg, only things changed: bulbs, brake pads and tyres. The only things gone wrong are the light from the middle heater control has expired and the horn packed up just after the end of the warranty but the dealer fixed it a bit cheaper. I do not see me replacing it anytime soon.
Submitted: 2013-10-28 | ID: 10720
We bought this car new in 2004 with a view that it would be a good car for my Mum to drive. Unfortunately the multimode transmission has been nothing but trouble. The car lurches, has difficulty deciding on gear on hills, and has had at least 3 replacement clutches and now needs another in just 77,700 miles. The car suddenly goes into neutral when being driven and causes the car to just stop when the clutch is starting to go. Terrifying and dangerous. I would not recommend anyone buy one of these cars. Not one of Toyota’s best moments.
Submitted: 2013-09-28 | ID: 10666
I purchase my 2013 Yaris on 28th March and have now noticed that one of the rubber trims on the roof is missing. I went back to the dealer and they say that someone must have pinched it, I do not think so because there is no sign that the car has been tampered with. They also asked why did I not notice it when I collected the car? I did not notice this because I am too short to see it, it was my husband who noticed it when he went to get in the passenger side of the car. They have told me that they can not replace this under warranty and that it will cost me £85.01 to have a new one fitted. I feel this is very bad after sales service as I have only had the car just over one month.
Submitted: 2013-05-18 | ID: 10438
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There is a problem with the indicators as they do not always not cancel and sometimes you forget to cancel them. Also, although not a serious fault sometimes the gear change is not very good.
Submitted: 2013-03-16 | ID: 10247
I bought this car new in September 2009. It has done 21,000 miles and the gearbox started making a whistling sound. I took out extended warranty on the car so I took it to the dealers for them to inspect it. They said it would take 3 days for them to strip it down and do an investigation. The warranty people have refused to pay out stating that its wear and tear! I am now facing a huge bill from the dealers. I would not waste my money on extended warranty as everything seems to be "wear and tear". Previous to this I drove a Corsa for 10 years and it never broke down! I wish I still had it, it was more reliable!
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Too many problems with the European builds. Are not made in Japan. Are something else... don’t be confused bearings problems-gear box failures, shock absorbers brakes-dashboard cracks-steering problems-brake problems-engines failures, electrical problems... But the major problem is that they don’t understand or do nothing to improve ...... I WILL NEVER BUY AGAIN A EUROPEAN ONE. I live in London and needing parking brake cables for my Renault Grand Scenic 2004. Where can I just get the cables instead buying the whole thing for £400+ - Nek from Cyprus
Submitted: 2013-03-01 | ID: 10205
Great little car. Down sized to this car from my old Avensis after doing over 140K miles without any problems and wanting to save a fortune on fuel, road tax and insurance costs. It is so cheap to run: lowest mpg was 57mpg and highest was on one trip at 74mpg. I chose this car as I wanted a practical 5 door hatchback with built in sat nav and an auto gearbox with less than 120gCO2/km. Not many cars can match this, apart from the Prius, but that costs so much more to buy than the Yaris and probably isn’t as economical on fuel? I have done over 20K miles in the last year and it has only been back to the dealer for a recall for the electric window switch. Sports suspension has great road holding, but quite a firm ride, so swapped tyres from 195/50R16V to 195/55R16T for a more supple ride. Great car and only really miss the heated door mirrors in the Winter that my Avensis had.
Submitted: 2013-02-16 | ID: 10162
I have just purchased this car, which is lovely to drive. Some people complain of the gear change, but I don’t have any problems or complaints, it is the best car. I used to own the Honda Jazz multi Mode gear box, I had it 8 months and found it lethal to drive. I complained to Honda, but they could not care less! I am now a really a happy bunny with this Toyota Yaris. I intend to purchase the later model next time round. I will swear that this Toyota is the best car I have driven for a very long time.
Submitted: 2013-02-10 | ID: 10153
I’ve experienced all the above problems particularly the gearbox and the slowing down up hill which I think is dangerous as it forces the vehicle behind to stop suddenly, I am currently seeking legal advice as this is deemed faulty and not ’fit for purpose’ under the sale if goods act.
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I bought my Yaris 12 months ago. It has an intermittent problem that the garage call ’rough running’. It sounds like an old banger and vibrates and shakes as if it needs the choke pulling out. I’ve recorded the noise it makes and managed to get it to the garage whilst it was doing its ’rough running’ last week. The only way to stop it is to turn the engine off. It is dangerous to drive and the silence from Toyota and Listers is deafening! They have witnessed first hand the whole car shaking; trying to drive it slowly in traffic when it is doing this is extremely difficult, but as it’s an intermittent problem I never know when its going to happen. Any advice as to who I speak to next? This car has been back and forward to the garage and I have really lost patience now. I certainly don’t want to lose money - Lynn Johnston from Warwickshire
Submitted: 2013-01-13 | ID: 10067
I have a Toyota Yaris and I feel that it is easy to dent and lacks power. I have has so many problems with my car, whether it is the engine failing to start first time or the fuses constantly cutting out, but I have persistantly told my local dealer and all they say is thats it’s "normal". Really disapointed as I thought the Yaris would live up to its name as a really reliable car and so far it has not. I will never have another Toyota again.
Submitted: 2012-12-04 | ID: 9960
It had clutch issues at 20000 miles so needed a replacement clutch assembly (including clutch pedal), which is apparently a known issue. Next the engine block was eplaced at 40000 miles, also apparently a known issue, which caused severe piston slap. VVTi units replaced at 42000 miles; this problem causes engine juddering at mototway speeds and loss/gain of power (another known issue). Replacement Throttle Body was then needed at 52000 miles; this causes the engine to cut out on the motorway causing breakdown services to respond. Toyotas response? We have always fixed it under warranty for you, what more do you want?! They have even noted that the car is a one off, having all of these issues and are still not interested in exchanging or helping replace the car! Don’t buy one, it’s not worth the hassle!
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I’ve had my T reg Yaris for 10 years now. I bought it used in 2003. I am very pleased with mine and can’t praise it enough. It is totally reliable, practically bullet proof and has always come through the MoT test without needing anything done. Last year was the first time it had to have some work done, and that was only minor. I have it serviced every year. It’s due it’s MoT/service next month. This time it will probably want something else done, but I can’t complain. It has really looked after me. I’ll run it ’til I kill it. I’m sorry for your experience. You were obviously very unlucky. I hope that whatever you buy next will meet your expectations - Stevie from Wiltshire
Submitted: 2012-11-17 | ID: 9908
This is my 3rd Yaris and I am very happy with my car, but I am having trouble with the sat nav freezing up, which is very annoying. Also the dealership are having trouble with the download they say it needs. I don’t see the point of having a five year warranty when you cannot get the fault fixed on a car only 7 month old. My old £90 TomTom never did freeze once!
Submitted: 2012-11-11 | ID: 9882
I bought my Toyota Yaris SR a week ago, I have it in white and to look at I fell in love with it. However, since driving it I find the gearbox an annoyance! It’s so stiff, I really do struggle getting into 1st and 2nd gear and when I do get it into 2nd gear it always making a crunching noise. Something is not right. I just wanted a nice smooth ride and somehow I find myself stressed when driving it. I bought it from a main Toyota Dealership, so I’m going to ring up tomorrow and tell them the problem I have with it and being as I have a one year Toyota Warranty on the car I’m hoping they will fix the gearbox! I will update you guys.
Submitted: 2012-10-15 | ID: 9809
I had a few teething problems when the first had car with no heat coming from heater and engine low temp light on for long time, but have sussed this is due to a faulty thermostat, but the garage would’t admit anything was wrong. After a while the car sorted itself out. One year later it blew the turbo. The garage replaced this under warranty. Recently the clutch is making a noise when reversing up the hill on my drive and also th engine oil level has dropped quite a bit. I topped is up two weeks ago and it’s since done about 250 miles and I can see it has dropped again slightly. I’m going back to the dealer this week and see what they going to do as there is only two months left on the warranty.
Submitted: 2012-07-26 | ID: 9611
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Further to my earlier post (June 28 2012) re a jerking gearbox, this turns out to be a very costly repair. It’s the clutch and flywheel causing the problem at a cost of £1000 plus VAT. If I take it to Toyota it will cost £1,800! I’ve also been told that this is a well known problem with the multi mode gearboxes and driving the car the way I do, the same problem will only occur again after about 20,000 miles. Apparently, my mechanics words, these gearboxes are only meant for people who drive at 30 miles per hour to and from shops, not for would be racing drivers like me, ha ha! I have decided to trade it in for a series-1 BMW, as it’s not worth spending the money to rectify something that is only going to occur again. Wish I’d never bought it. So if you’re thinking of buying one, DON’T!! Get a newer one with the new CVT gearbox.
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Hope I am not too late with this word of caution about buying a BMW 1 series. I have an ’09 118d & whilst it is a beautiful drive & the local BMW dealer has been exceptional, there have been problems with the dual mass clutch. I cover a very low mileage &, in the 10500 miles covered in the warranty period, the car has had 2 new, reputedly modified clutches, both BMW’s decision. I am waiting with baited breath to see if the latest clutch does in fact last. The car is now out of warranty. Make sure there is no clutch judder, or baulking when trying to select reverse, or 1st gear when stationary. These were the problems that led to the replacement clutches mentioned above. Experts say the dual mass clutch does not like low rpm engagements & to keep revs at or above 1250 rpm when changing gear. This can make for a bit of clutch slipping in traffic unless you want to shunt the vehicle in front(!) & rather detracts from the abilities of the great diesel engine, loads of torque from low revs, easy acceleration. Fabulous cruising abilities, not good in ice & snow for the average driver, fairly hard ride, go for the smaller wheels, the low profile tyres on larger wheels may look pretty, but give a hard ride. William Comley from England
Hi, can I make an offer to buy the Toyota Yaris 2008? As I am looking for a car to buy? Please get back to me ASAP! Call me on 07581073416, thank you - Lubna Khan from England
Submitted: 2012-07-14 | ID: 9554
Fantastic car, nice to drive, good toys as standard and keyless entry and go which is fantastic. I have owned many cars and this is head and shoulders above the rest. Excellent build quality and reliability. Like the Tardis inside as well.
Submitted: 2012-07-03 | ID: 9516
I bought this Yaris 2 years ago second hand. I bought it to replace an automatic A Class, which I was told not to hold on to for much longer as they are notorious for the gearbox failing. Seems I should have held onto it! I noticed a very distinct jerk as I pulled away when the car was cold either forward or in reverse, which became gradually worse. I’ve now noticed that when I put my foot down and try to build up speed quickly, it’s not smooth and feels like it’s struggling until it gets to 5th gear. I’ve taken into my local garage and they told me that the gearbox mount needed replacing and this might fix the problem. It didn’t, I actually suspect that the gearbox mount broke because of the jerking gearbox. I still have a problem with the acceleration, which I’m taking it in to be looked at again. The car performs much better once it has warmed up, but I can’t be expected to wait for 10 minutes before I drive off! If Toyota knew the gearbox was a problem, then it should have been recalled. I’m well out of my warranty now and hope that it’s either the clutch or an air sensor problem.
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Hi. There is a newer gearbox program which sorts out all the jerks. Get Toyota to do a gearbox reprogram and it’s a different car. It’s a waste of time/money not going to a main agent with this problem.- Bob Stirling from Surrey.
Submitted: 2012-06-28 | ID: 9494
I’m not a massive driver and since I bought the car, last month its only been 3 times between England and Scotland (less than 1,300miles). However, I can’t really fault it as it nearly does the journey on one tank and the ride seems OK, but perhaps due to my driving style, it does seem to take a while to get back up to speed on a motorway (in 5th gear) if you’ve let the speed drop.
Submitted: 2012-06-11 | ID: 9440
I have owned three Toyota Yaris automatics and have never had a bother with any of them. I just love my car!
Submitted: 2012-04-26 | ID: 9270
I bought this car used 9 months ago with 10k on the clock and it now has 20k on the clock. It is a manual and has been excellent to drive and saved me loads on fuel. It looks very sporty and is not slugish; the turbo really helps it pull its weight around and the car has been very reliable. I have had loads of big cars e.g Audi, BMW etc., but this is certainly a nice car to drive. Some people have reported bad feedback, but that relates mainly to the MMT automatic or the petrol models. The diesel will not only save fuel costs it also drives better the the petrol due to the turbo.
Submitted: 2012-04-21 | ID: 9242
I bought this second hand 3 weeks ago now and it has developed a nasty stutter/missfire at approx 2000rpm. The dealer has had it back twice now, but say this is normal as all 1.33s do the same. What a load of rubbish! It drove fine for the first week, but now you have to thrash it in 2nd gear to run round town at 30mph!
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Hi mate, your problem is the sensor in the air intake. I think it’s called the AEG valve or something. Well it measures the flow of air into the engine so that it can mix the fuel air mixture to the most efficiant take it out and really really carefully clean the sensor components with alchohol or mild solvent. I use methalated spirit and if it improves, you know it’s this component that’s your problem. It can also just be a bad connection so check before you take it to bits if it does improve then hope it makes the car more drivable as the new sensors cost around £300 - Chris Brown from Yorkshire
Submitted: 2012-04-02 | ID: 9186
I exchanged my 2008 Yaris for 2010, 6speed and I am experenceing gear change difficulties between 1st and 2nd gears, especially when cold. Also the engine speeds up when changing gears. I phoned the main dealer where purchased and I was told this was normal. I have again been on the phone and was told to bring it in to be checked by their technition, but I must say after reading other reviews I am concerned about the outcome.
Submitted: 2012-03-18 | ID: 9144
I really like this car but recently a bearing in the gearbox went leaving this horrible grinding noise in the car. I’ve been told that the gearbox in the 2001 is known for giving trouble, so if you hear a grinding or rattling noise when test driving press the clutch, if the noise stops you have a problem. Except for this I love this car.
Submitted: 2012-03-10 | ID: 9106
I’ve had none of the problems experienced by the other reviewer. The car is great to drive. I think he may just be unlucky. I still have mine after four years and I bought it from new. I knocked a star off the rating because I have noticed a bit of corrosion on the alloy wheels.
Submitted: 2012-02-19 | ID: 9039
I bought my Yaris diesel new and for the first 2 years it was great. Unfortunately for the last 5 years I have had nothing but problems with screeching brakes, pads wearing out every 6 months, engine noise and the interior literally falling to bits.It has been back to Toyota at least 15 times and they say they can’t find a problem and that maybe I should just buy another new car from them. I have finally given up with it and am about to buy a Skoda Octavia diesel, so I hope I have better luck with this one. Do yourself a favour and don’t buy a Toyota as they just can’t be bothered with you when problems arise.
Submitted: 2012-02-13 | ID: 8998
I have had serious problems with this car. At first it was nice and smooth plus a fuel saver. However, I had to change the fan belt three times within one year, the air con pump is beyond repair and will cost me about R9,000 for a new one, the brake pads are making a noise and even if they are changed the noise returns within a few days. All my life I have been driving Toyota cars, but no, no, no! I will not recommended it to anyone.
Submitted: 2012-02-06 | ID: 8960
I purchased my Yaris D4D T3 in Sept 2010 with 27,000 on the clock from a Ford main dealer. As of Jan 2012, the mileage is now 58,000. The car is used for a 100 mile commute most days on a mixture of A road and city roads. Reliability: Front and rear suspension bushes changed at 38,000 changed under warranty (Ford direct warranty). Costs: Best ever fuel consumption at 68 miles per gallon with the average being 58 miles per gallon. Servicing: At 10,000 mile intervals servicing comes around quite quickly with my mileage. Comfort: The car is fine for 2 hour journeys, but so far I have not been further. IT is a bit noisy on tick over, but the seat and interior build are fine. Dealers: I have found the Toyota main dealer fine and not any more expensive than other main dealers we use for the other family cars (Kia and Nissan). Conclusion: More than happy with the Yaris. My wife keeps borrowing it and she loves driving it and now wants to change her car to a Verso too. The reason for 4 stars and not 5 is the suspension bushes at 38,000 cost £400!
Submitted: 2012-01-17 | ID: 8866
I bought this car new in 2004. It has done 136k miles and was still returning over 70mpg. In all that time it has had a wheel bearing and a couple of bonnet release cables replaced. Then the gearbox fell to pieces, a total complete failure. I cannot believe my luck. I know an old guy who works in a little workshop who only rebuilds gearboxes, he knows ’em inside out, less than a 100 yards from my home. He tells me that he rebuilds a Yaris box at least once a week. The fault is in the main bearings, which have plastic cages to space the roller bearings where most have metal. Having been quoted close on three grand for a new box (I’m having the clutch renewed, still on the factory original), he’s going to sort it for very reasonable amount of money. It’s a superb car with the best build quality I’ve ever owned, but a few pennies scrimped on the bearings have spoiled an epic story.
Submitted: 2011-12-19 | ID: 8729
Had this car from new and it hasn’t let me down once. The built in sat-nav is great along with loads of other gadgets. Highly recommend.
Submitted: 2011-11-18 | ID: 8568
I bought a 2008 semi-automatic petrol (MMT) having learnt in a diesel MMT Yaris and was quite impressed with the smoothness of the gear changes. During the test drive, it performed as expected, but perhaps I should have tried it in more stop-start traffic as the first few days of driving it in the city revealed very jerky starts and jerky gear shifts (from 1st to 2nd). I should have returned it to the dealer then, but I misguidedly persisted with the MMT gearbox, trying all sorts of elaborate ways to make it as smooth as possible (eg driving barefoot so that I could apply just the right amount of pressure to minimise jerking). It is also very scary to drive this car when entering roundabouts and pulling out of junctions as it jerks violently and accelerates very slowly, resulting in several near misses and irrate drivers. This car is awful when driving up a steep incline, it hunts for gears and labours wearily, leaving you to hope and pray you make it up. Looking on various forums and owner review sites made me realise this was a very common problem with the MMT. I finally part-exchanged it for a 2006 Corolla with conventional auto gearbox. So to anyone considering any car with the MMT gearbox, DON’T. I can’t emphasise this strongly enough. There are some people out there who insist the problem is with one’s driving style and one just needs to adapt to it. But even Toyota dealers know of the issues with the MMT gearbox. Anyway, glad to hear that Toyota have finally ditched the MMT and the new 2012 Yaris comes with CVT. Maybe customer feedback does mean something after all.
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We also have a semi-automatic Yaris. It has 50,000 km and is on the 3rd clutch. Every so often, it starts to jerk when pulling away and seems to stick in low gears. I take it in to our very good service agent and they adjust the clutch setting (15 euros) the clutches were replaced on warranty but I would rather not have had the problem. I am now looking for tips on driving this particular semi-automatic box, but do not think it is our technique - Philip Vassallo from Greece
Submitted: 2011-09-20 | ID: 8338
I too have trouble with the gearbox, the worst I have had in 50 years of driving. I’m told by the garage that it is because the gates are too close on the six gear gearbox and that you have to be more careful when changing. Rubbish!!! In common with another user, my indicators do not centralise, which leads to other road users annoyance or even a dangerous situation. I cannot hear when they are on. This is my third Toyota, but will be my last!!!
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I have just bought a December 2009 1330 Yaris TR with 12,000 miles on the clock to replace my old 2002 Jap built SR1300. I have a terrible 1st to 2nd shift and the air-con don’t work. I am sending the car back to the Toyota dealer who sold it to me and demanding another car to get me around until fixed. If they don’t fix it, I will go to court. I sue easily! I have had more trouble in a week with this car than 9.5 years with the old Yaris SR. Is this because it was built in France? - Chris Kenney from Buckinghamshire
I purchased my 09 Yaris 6 speed from new (Feb 09) and immediately suffered engaging problems with 3rd gear and occasionally a 2nd gear crunch. After several dealer visits for linkage adjustments both the dealer and Toyota acknowledged a problem and replaced the gearbox Sep 2009, sending the old gearbox (untouched by the dealer) back to Toyota for investigation to find a repair option. Happy to report the new gearbox has been fine to date - Steve Williams from Cheshire
I have a Yaris 2011 model which is my first Toyota. I also have trouble with my gears and have had a few near misses and finger signals due to my indicators staying on and not being able to hear them (very scary). I did take that up with the dealer but there was nothing they could do about it. Only in the last couple of days I have also had a burning smell that comes and goes which is very worrying, so I’ll be taking a trip to the dealer again, if the car makes it there!!! Steph from Kent
Submitted: 2011-09-16 | ID: 8325
I bought my Toyoto Yaris 1.3 Manual new 2010 model after owning two previous Toyotos. The ride is bumpy for which I have reduced the tyre pressures 4psi. My only and very serious complaint, which the main dealers don’t seem to be able to fix after 4 visits, is a serious vibration and noise coming up from the steering column assembly, which seems to relate to every bump or unsmooth road situation and is generally worse from a cold start and better on a hot day. This is putting me off looking at another Toyoto!
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I have bought a 2010 Yaris 1.33 Optimal drive. No shakes through the steering and the only issue on it so far is a re-adjustment of the gear shift cables in line with the Toyota service bullitin, this helps the gear selection to be smoother and less notchy. Sounds as if your dealer is crap, as you are still under warranty, try another dealer - Chris Kenney from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 2011-09-11 | ID: 8284
That ’roar’ between 1st and 2nd gear is probably to do with environmental requirements; Honda civics did that too but delivered a torque surge as a result. A bit unnerving. I’ve owned a 2009 Yaris for 2 weeks and it’s surpassed my expectations. Aside from the 5th passenger restraint seeming a bit superfluous, It’s easy to work around when your loading up the (surprisingly generous) cargo space and I do load it up; portable table saw, mitre saw, screw guns, air compressor, nail guns and bunch of other misc stuff fit with room to spare.
Submitted: 2011-08-18 | ID: 8179
My Yaris has got problems with a clonking noise coming out of the bell housing every time I let the clutch out. Very annoying I must say. It has been back to the garage 4 times now, but they say that this is normal for this car. I bet that a new one would not make this noise. I am not happy. Watch out for gearbox problems too.
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Geoff, the "clonk" is the switch that enables the car to start. Before the ignition will work, the clutch must be depressed - That switch. I searched for the source of the sound too and determined that was the noise - Bruce Isbister from New Zealand
Submitted: 2011-07-16 | ID: 7984
We have just bought the T Spirit MM, which is alot less expensive to run than our trusty Volvo V40 Sport auto estate. On first experience it feels like a very light sporty hatch, with alot of leg space and good visibility. Lighter and easy on the touch than a big estate. Petrol consumption appears to be very good; just can’t empty the tank!! I’m going from North East to London in August, so I will know more of its output and consuption then. We bought this car as it looks very modern, but having now driven it I love the driving position. Great in traffic. I will let you know more later.
Submitted: 2011-07-12 | ID: 7969
I’m having constant problems with left indicator not cancelling. I have had Toyota take a look at it and they say it’s normal!! They showed me the same on a new one. I still don’t think that is ok, he can show me 200 of them, it’s still a really bad design. But you can’t win against such a big company, I am not asking for a new car just a properly working indicator!
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And I thought it was only me! This is a very bad safety problem, I have had two near-miss bad accidents due to the left hand indicator not cancelling. The audible warning is useless if you have the radio on, the window open or the fan blowing and the visual warning sign is more or less opposite the front passenger and in sunny weather the instrument panel is invisible and whatever you do, don’t put any form of lights on before night time. I have driven Toyota cars for the last 20 years but never again, they’re not safe! - Tony Holland from Devon
I have experienced the same problems with the indicators, and after returning to Snows were the vehicle was purchased they were not interested. I further contacted Toyota who informed me that they have no reports of this being a fault and confirm the indicators cancel after turning the wheel 90 degrees. This may be so but still after many maneuvers, the indicators do not cancel. You cannot hear them when driving but Toyota has told me, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the indicators are not left running and there is no requirement for them to cancel. They also inform me driver safety is their top priority but are not willing to rectify the problem. The salesman told me they fitted a louder warning on a car but the customer had to pay extra for this. I believe Toyota should either fit a louder warning or rectify the cancellation positions on the indicator arm, which they refuse to do and blame us drivers. I will not be purchasing another Toyota as I believe both the garage and Toyota have no concern for their customers’ safety - Chris Brett from Hampshire
Well at last I got shot of the Yaris, just had to pay it off and get something else. I felt very unsafe in it, indicator not cancelling and roll back. Thank goodness its gone, Toyota said nothing wrong with it - Jeanne from Essex
Submitted: 2011-07-08 | ID: 7952
Purchased from new. The best car out there for value and build. Mileage to date is 108,000 miles and it’s never broken down, just keeps going. Same battery from new, replaced 2 cv shafts at 62,000 miles, 2 belts at 63,000 miles and 4 heater plugs at 92,000 miles. At the last fuel check a full tank returned 580 miles. It’s never failed an MoT, its next one is due in 4 weeks and it should go through o.k. Same clutch from new, tow bar from new and has pulled over half a ton in a trailer. What can I say? When this car was built they used good components, or I have just been lucky. The timing chain is due to be changed at 100.000 miles, but I will change it at 120.000. I have horse whipped this car and it keeps on going. Great car!
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Update on MOT: mileage - 109,385, 1.4 d4d local garage prep for MOT. Replaced c/v/boot and side light. Checked car over - no problems, passed MOT today for another year. Total cost from garage for MOT preparation £60.00 plus test £30.00. Great car - Maria Rogan from County Down
Submitted: 2011-06-29 | ID: 7908
I bought a Yaris 1.0 petrol in 2000 secondhand and still have it in the family. I was so pleased with it I bought another one secondhand 2 years ago, also T reg. When my Golf GT TDI had done 150,000 I decided to plumb for a Yaris SR 1.4 diesel and I love it. Like any 6 gear car, the gears are close and take some getting used to, but any difficulty going down gears is usually down to me not the car. Obviously I didn’t expect as much power as my old Golf, and I did note one of the reviews sarcastically called this model a "warm hatch" and that is fine with me. I have found a sufficient amount of "umph" to getaway (I am an ex motorcyclist so I know what power feels like) and since I have no desire to burn any hot hatches off from the lights, this car does lift up its skirts sufficiently to leave the dawdlers standing. The only real disappointment has been the strange "loss" of engine oil in between services. No sign of leaks and not burning it, anyway, a bit of persistance with the agent and they have offered to see if changing the turbo will improve the problem. It probably has needed one litre extra oil every 10,000 miles and my little car has now done 36000 since June 2009. By the way, I am 5’ 11" and have plenty of leg room both in the front and the rear. I also have enough leg room under the steering wheel for my 34" inside legs to not be jammed and the roof does not touch my head like some other bigger cars sometimes do.
Submitted: 2011-06-27 | ID: 7898
This is my first car - have had it now for three years and I absolutely love it, strange noise from the exhaust but am assured that it’s just because of the three cylinder engine. Great wee car, turns like a go-kart and is quite nippy when you want it to be. No matter how you drive it you always average over 50mpg but could easily achieve 60 if you’re Mr Eco. It feels solid and has a large cabin space - compromising boot space, but if you need more a larger boot, the rear seats slide far forward, but this leaves no rear leg room. For a second car or a wee run-about, it is absolutely fantastic. It copes well on the motorway averaging high mpg of up to 68. But it’s loud sitting just under 4000rpm at 70!
Submitted: 2011-05-31 | ID: 7814
Bought car with 14000 miles on clock when two years old. After nine years and a further 145,000 miles we have had our first major problem. The Diff bearings in the gearbox have started to become noisy. Have been told it needs a new/replacement gearbox. Have just replaced car with another Yaris. 1.3 Petrol less than three years old. Am surprised at the number of people who have had gearbox problems although these seem to be on the multi mode box. We were very happy to buy another Yaris due to superb reliability of first car.
Submitted: 2011-05-13 | ID: 7696
I love my little car! When going on trips it’s always my friends favourite because there’s loads of space for passengers. Only downside is the abismal size boot!! Can only just fit my shopping in and usually end up using the backseat. Had some major battery issues i.e. had to have it replaced after only 1 year and the dealer kept telling me different stories everytime I took it back when it died. I didn’t drive it enough/I shouldn’t use my sat-nat/All cars die in the winter (?!?!). But don’t let that put you off, it’s a beautiful little car!
Submitted: 2011-04-02 | ID: 7483
I found this website after I had ordered my Yaris so it was too late. There are some pretty daming reviews on this car. My Yaris was bought as a downsize from an 06 Zafira 1.6.So far, despite the reviews here my experiences with the Yaris have been good. The only time I have had any problems with the six speed box have been when getting it into 1st gear when using the stop start but that is only a minor irritation. Toyota may have sorted the gearbox on new versions. Build quality seems quite good and everything works as it should. The car is doing about 50-52mpg on a run at about 60-70mph and 38-40 round town. Reasonably quite at speed for a small car .Soaks up bumps round town quite well. Some body roll but ok. Steering well weighted. Overall not disappointed at the moment but I will update this site when the car has done a few more miles.
Submitted: 2011-03-30 | ID: 7470
Well pleased with my purchase of 6 months handling good, not a bad ride for size of car, petrol returns about 42mpg driving around cardiff. I do find gears notchy until engine warms up then ok. Also engine appears to be working very hard at 70mph. I think the build of the car is good, waiting to see what the new model Yaris brings in September 2011.
Submitted: 2011-03-27 | ID: 7446
I’m an ex-Yaris owner, bought a gorgeous looking red 08 SR which was 18 months old, with 11k on the clock from a car supermarket, replacing a trusty but ancient Fiat Punto. This was based on reading lots of magazine and internet tests, but not, alas, user reviews. Plus we all know how reliable Toyotas are meant to be. Big mistake was not giving it a long enough road test, having been seduced by the shiny paint and stunning visual condition. The fact that it had obviously been part exchanged after only 18 months should’ve given me a hint! The many problems made driving and owning a misery, so it was part exed for a new Citroen after 8 months, I lost about £2500 in the process. Faults - most of the ones already listed on this site. Gearbox was awful, always crunched going into second irrespective of technique, dealer said there was no fault. Engine was noisy and seemed to be working very hard, plus it wasn’t particularly economical, even when driven sympathetically. For a supposedly sporty SR model the performance was disappointing when pushed. Brakes were awful, either on or off, smooth driving was very difficult to achieve, dealer said that was normal for the type (and the Aygo, he admitted). The accelerator fault recall was annoying, but that’s life. The dash was rather flimsy and a bit rattley, didn’t seem very sturdy. The ride was poor, probably down to the low profile tyres I guess, note to self - don’t buy another car with those fitted. The car would stall at lights, certainly not down to my driving, doesn’t happen with my other cars, engine didn’t seem to have much inertia. The inbuilt satnav (Tom Tom) was over complex and fiddly to use. The local main Toyota dealer was unsympathetic to my complaints, always fobbed me off and treated me like an annoyance. In the end both myself and my wife got to hate the thing with a passion so it had to go. The car seemed to be underdeveloped, far too many faults got through to production. Friends tell me that earlier models of Yaris they owned had been excellent, this latest one is a real lemon. If you must buy one I urge you to do a long road test first, I didn’t and paid for it dearly. Also take what the professional revewers write with a pinch of salt. Lesson learnt for the future.
Submitted: 2011-03-20 | ID: 7394
To all of those unfortunate people who have suffered problems with the Yaris, I sympathise, I have suffered too, and Toyota have never been helpful. However, I have cured my gearbox problem. In the cold weather, Toyota’s gearbox oil causes the problem, (they of course will not admit this). 1st, 2nd and reverse gear no longer crunch or stick after changing gearbox oil to a 50:50 mix of Redline MT90 and Redline MTL. (need a 1 litre bottle of each--gearbox takes just under 2 litres) Both oils are within manufacturer spec of GL4-- Toyota handbook says you can use GL5 but DO NOT USE GL5 UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, it will mess up the gearbox synchro. After I did this change, even in the freezing weather of December and the snow, the gear changes were buttery smooth, and still are. 1 point Raj, Toyota fail! Good luck.
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Is this on an automatic? The weather is fairly cold right now and I have to accelerate a good amount in order for the car to shift into second (2008 Yaris) - Cliff from United States of America
I had same problem with manual gearbox on my 2001 1.0GS. GL5 Gearbox oil ruined the gearchange. Redline MTL has improved the gearchange considerably. Also bleeding the clutch makes a big difference - Mark W from England
Dear Raj. Recently I bought a semi automatic or MMT Toyota Yaris 2007 but when you about to drive from first gear or reverse it jerks a lot but when I drive for a long period it works better. Do you think it is the same problem in gearbox oil as you had or it is something else? Please help me if you could My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you - Ehsan from England
Submitted: 2011-03-09 | ID: 7322
Good engine and nothing else. Two times had a problems with the gear box and fortunately in the warranty period. A lot of service bulletins related to the air bags, to the gear box and gas pedal. The fuel consumption is nearly 7 litres in the city which is not that economical. After the warranty I had a problem with the ABS sensors. After testing at a Toyota workshop I have been told that a sensor and wiring must be replaced costing €200. I simply cleaned the connectors to the sensors and there are no problems until now, BUT WHAT WILL BE NEXT??? The car is below 30000 kilometers :( TOYOTA YARIS-IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND WASTE OF TIME VISITING THE WORKSHOPS AND MAKING THEM RICH.
Submitted: 2011-03-04 | ID: 7271
I bought my 1.33 vvti Manual Yaris in 2010 and have mixed feelings about it after driving many other small hatchback vehicles in the same class. On the plus side the car has a nice driving position and is fairly well equipped in the cabin, boot space is not bad with the option of sliding rear seats too enhance room, engine is fairly quiet but needs to be revved to achieve any decent acceleration. On the negative side the Gearbox is not that smooth and ratios are very clunky, especially 1st & 2nd. Cabin plastics can squeak and creak a little which can be annoying. Suspension is not good on rough terrain and cabin vibrates badly in these circumstances. Stop/Start technology is extremely tempremental and fails to operate in ambient temperatures under 5 degrees celcius...??? I have found that it doesn`t really operate normally until ambient temp is over 10 degrees celcius, which is very poor considering that if you live in the UK this could equate to 4 months driving per year. If this car did not have a 5 year warranty I would advise people to look elsewhere or at least test drive before you make a purchase!!!
Submitted: 2011-02-15 | ID: 7097
This underpowered car stops in traffic, which is great, snag is, you have to pray it comes on again because, sometimes it decides not to. Clutch down? No help. Off and ignition again? No chance. It wants you to wait a good 30 seconds before it will allow you to start it. I could have got out of the car and kicked it, Basil Fawlty style. NEVER EVER AGAIN WILL I GET A TOYOTA.
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I have a Yaris 1.33 VVTI manual and my Stop-Start technology has a mind of its own, for the whole of December and most of January this technology did not work at all! My dealer informed me that in ambient temperatures below 5 C it will not engage! But I have driven the car the 2 weeks in ambient temperatures of 8-12 C and it still doesn`t work properly? In a nutshell the Stop-Start Technology has not been tested enough and is very poor and tempremental to say the least - Anthony Smith from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 2011-02-11 | ID: 7064
Bought Toyota because told they were reliable. Done 31,000 miles and car is a few months out of warranty. We have now started getting problems with the gears. It started grating into reverse and we had to turn off engine to get it into gear. Now it is very hard to get it into any forward gear. We are now having to get a new clutch fitted.
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The clutch needs adjusting as it is not fully disengaging. It can happens on all cars - Steve Den from England
Clutch is hydraulic and possibly needs bleeding. I had the same with my 1.0gs. Have the gear box oil changed for a 50:50 Redline MTL:MT90 mix or straight MTL. Much better gear changes since - Mark W from England
Submitted: 2011-02-03 | ID: 7005
The 4 cyl VVTI 1.33 Yaris I think is good value for money especially if one compares with the competition. Yes there are minor niggles, but are there not on most other cars as well? For me I am content and happy with my purchase. I know Toyota to be a well built car that lasts. Plus the resale value of a well maintained Yaris is greater than most of its competiton say after 3 yrs! The 4 cyl petrol VVTI is a good well proven reliable engine. The ride is nice and solid and safety specs high. Had very few difficult gear selections but they are occasionally there! For me I just select the opposing gear after I have diffulity with a particular gear selection and then re-select my selected gear which engages with no difficulty. From an MOT point of view many old Toyotas are still sailing through with a VT20 whilst many other vehicles of the same size and age are sitting in the scrap yards! I think you may find also that Toyota is rated the Worlds No 1 car manufacturer!
Submitted: 2011-01-28 | ID: 6974
I bought the Yaris SR 1.33 in 2009. Awesome little car for running around town in. Cheap to run, a nippy car! Unfortunately I hit black ice and the car rolled. I walked away unharmed. A safe and reliable little car. I will buy it again and would highly recommend it.
Submitted: 2011-01-16 | ID: 6876
I brought this car from new, and its been a real pleasure to drive, the only problem being the fuel consumption (it did not meet manufacutuers figures) but that could be down to my husband and my driving (not moving up the gears quick enough, so my son tells me.) Never had any problems with performance or reliablility. Overall a beautiful little car that feels a lot bigger than it is.
Submitted: 2011-01-13 | ID: 6856
I am recently having a problem with my Yaris. After 3 years with no problems and only 13,483 miles on clock I’m experiencing a judder when I reverse my car; it only happens when the car is cold but handles OK otherwise. I have noticed a few other people have the same problem but Toyota refuse to accept this.
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Condensation on clutch plate, happens on most cars - Steve from England
Had clutch judder problems on a 2004 Toyota Avensis Verso. I’ve read elsewhere that for some time clutch friction linings were made form compounds that allowed damp to penetrate from the atmsophere hence on damp days or on first moving off the clutch will judder. After one or two uses a bit of heat dries the damp off and everything is ok. So, slightly annoying but not a big probelm - Geoff Lannin from England
Submitted: 2011-01-13 | ID: 6851
In 2009 we bought an AYG0 and the auto gear box was superb, unfortunately we found the small car too small for us. Last March we part exchanged it for a YARIS 1.3 MMT and noticed the auto change was not as good as the Aygo. I now find that there are occassions when the transmission can be worrying. ie low speed manoevering in Super market car parks where other cars and pedestrians are apt to suddenly appear. It is the moving off from stationary that can be a little un-predictable and gives call for alarm. I have noticed that Volkswagen have had a lot of problems with presumably the same type of transmission.
Submitted: 2010-12-27 | ID: 6729
I bought this car mainly for its economy, and small enough for my wife to use, to date this has not let us down, we travel all over europe and fuel economy is wonderful, brake pads changed at 55000 miles front tyres at 40000, we had all the recalls done but we would never have known if Toyota had not contacted us, only two minor gripes, not so stable with cross winds and the passenger front seat does not fold flat, to take long items.
Submitted: 2010-12-20 | ID: 6686
6 weeks old and 400 miles on clock since bought new and it’s got to go. I cannot stand the gearbox any longer. The worst car I have ever had the pleasure of owning. When I queried the weird gearchanges and over revving I was told by the dealer that I needed to change my driving style to suit the car? I have been driving over 45 years and have driven everything from HGVs to fast patrol cars for the police and owned all types of cars from humble mini’s to a Rolls, but have to change my driving to suit their car?? Well I have decided not to change my driving style but to change the car instead. If you are thinking of buying a Yaris MMT make sure you take it for an extended test drive in plenty of traffic. The salespersons know of the faults, so will take you on nice quite roads away from heavy traffic so as not to show up the faults on the gearbox.
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I bought a Toyota Yaris 1.33 TR, fitted with stop/start, in May of this year (2010). I think where a lot of the drivers have a problem with the gearbox is that to engage 1st and 2nd and 5th and 6th it is necessary to press against the spring that prevents incorrect selection. i.e. the 3rd and 4th gears fall into the natural selection, the others don’t. If one takes the time to learn the gear selection as I have done, the system works perfectly. I love my Toyota and although it is early days yet, to date I have been more than pleased with the vehicle - Allan Murray from Fife and Kinross Shires
Submitted: 2010-12-07 | ID: 6630
From the second I started driving this car it began to exceed any expectations I ever had for it. I have now covered 65,000 with nothing more than 3 headlamp bulbs and 2 front sidelight bulb failures, what a car. The Yaris is very easy to drive and comfortable from start to finish on runs I have done lasting about 6 hours. At worse I have achieved 66mpg. and as much as about 92 mpg. No I don’t dawdle about before anybody asks but over the years as a professional driver I have mastered economy driving techniques, which are more about observation, correct use of accelerator and gears than slow speeds as some people think. As with any common rail diesel engines that I know about the engine does take quite a time to warm up so it is a bit chilly inside during the winter months if you have to do short runs. The engine has great torque and always keeps going even up very steep hills without the need to change into lower gears. On motorways driving is effortless and cruising at 70mph is done at about 2,300rpm. The turbo give a very welcome burst of speed for overtaking and lane changing but watch the speedo because there is little sensation of speed and you can be well over the speed limit without realising.Tyre noise from the originally fitted Goodyears could be a bit much depending on the type of road surface but I changed to Toyo tyres and this was eliminated. Several times I have had 5 adults in the car and did honestly expect performance to drop right off but it didn’t. Overall a very reliable and well built car but give it a miss if you are only doing short journeys. I have even still got the original brake pads and shoes fitted with plenty of life left in them.
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I could only praise the reliability of this little Diesel car. I have driven in excess of 400 miles a week for the past 5 years. Yes it’s over 100,000 miles on the clock and it has never gave me trouble. Only item replaced was the alternator. The alternator was replaced under warranty. Brakes have never been changed. I have now replaced the car with another Yaris diesel and hope its is as reliable as its predecessor - Mars from England
The new Yaris Diesel engine is good and economical as the previous model. The only gripe is the gear engagement. I noticed that I had difficulty shifting into 4th gear on a number of occasions. My partner had difficulty in shifting into 2nd and 3rd. She had driven for about 20 miles when she discovered this. For the 4th gear issue, I have driven over 500 miles, but never had problem with 2nd or 3rd gear. I also noticed the famous clucking noise when the clutch is depressed to change gear. This seems to be a design feature. See other people experienced the same problem I am still under the 30 days to return to the garage if not happy. But I am going to keep the car as I don’t think there is anything to worry about - Mars from England
We have two Toyota Yaris 1.4 diesels in our family, a 2009 manual and a 2010 mmt. The manual has given me (2 people in the car) 72.5mpg on a 50 mile run with 20 mile being on A class roads the rest motorway with average speed on the motorway between 60-70. Running around in general in the high 50’s. The mmt is gives about mid 50’s, a little bit worse than the manual although you could match the manual if you use the manual override option and change gears yourself. This small diesel pulls like a train so you will not be changing down on hills or on motorways and the diesel is the one to go for if you want an mmt as it will not have the change up change down syndrome of the petrol as the torque of the diesel just keeps going and doesn’t loose the power so it doesn’t have to change down. The diesel has a great reputation for reliability into very high mileage, and for those who like a bit of go it does 0-100kmh or the old 0-60 in 10.6 seconds and some golf GTI do it in 10.5 seconds - what more can I say. Finally, the gear change on the 6 speed we have is very good but has gone smoother with mileage, it was a little notchy at first just because it was new I suppose. Go diesel you will not be disappointed - Steve Den from England
Submitted: 2010-11-28 | ID: 6586
I have owned a two year old yaris with average milegae for a little over a month. I have just left it in North Wales as the clutch gave out so was unable to travel home. I left it with the dealer and checked the web to see if any other owners experience problems. To my surprise - they do!. To be fair, the criticisms of the trim of the yaris are a bit harsh. For a small car, its roomy, cheap to run (normally) and drives as you would expect. I wouldn’t pay £9,000 for a new one, but £5,000 for a two year old seems OK. My only concern is the clutch which after two years motoring should not have failed. It wasn’t slipping or burning, it just decided to go very spongy and stopped allowing me to change gear. More inconvenient than anything. I Trust that Toyota will live up to the warranty. The dealership I ended up with seemed not surprised that the problem was down to ’component failure’. We will see. A clutch every two years is not an option!
Submitted: 2010-11-24 | ID: 6562
I’m amazed to read some bad reviews. I have a 51 plate and love it. It sips petrol, has been perfectly reliable and the sliding back seat makes it very versitile. I lift share and regularly have 3 in it, sometimes more. The front seat is fiddly to fold but otherwise I think it is well designed and, though I’m tall, I find it roomy.
Submitted: 2010-11-09 | ID: 6474
Had it for 2 months now, love the car, does about 45 m/gallon. Nippy car, lots of storage room, easy to drive. what’s missing? A center arm rest should be a must. Many older people come down from a bigger car, so they miss a few gadgets from the luxury car like rain sensor, brake assist, cruise control and of course the center arm rest.
Submitted: 2010-11-09 | ID: 6472
Very surprised at poor design. Wobbly ride. Pedals too high causing aching legs and ankles. Now after put in for MoT find petrol tank is rusted out and leaking requiring a new tank (HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM?) This is despite my regularly hosing under the car in the winter becouse of salt on the roads. Poor enconomy.
Submitted: 2010-11-03 | ID: 6427
Worst car ever! The car not only would not get in to 1st of reverse but started to drop out of gear while driving sending car to stop ; then had to switch off and restart very dangerious, this was after one change of actuators. Toyota Garage could not tell me the reason but were willing to charge me £125 per hr to investiage it!! SORRY BUT NEVER TOYOTA AGAIN
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My car is doing the same thing. When I was drive to work in traffic it jumps out of gear and I do not know why either... Deb Cooper from England
It’s the safety system on the clutch to prevent it from over heating. The cause of the overheating can be down to the way you drive this car as it has a sensor on the brake and handbrake to disengage the clutch on standstill... whatever you do if your driving style is that you don’t use your hand brake at a junctions don’t release the foot brake pressure otherwise the clutch senses you are ready to take off and has the same affect as riding the clutch on a manual car (a real bad habit). The result is overheating and the sensor will disengage the clutch/gear to protect the system. If you are prepared to adjust your driving style a little then you shouldn’t have any problems... I haven’t... so far anyway - Steve Den from England
Submitted: 2010-10-03 | ID: 6249
I bought the toyota Yaris as I had heard how good it is. Unfortunately, as soon as I took it from the garage I found the steering wheel was creaking. The whole steering column had to be changed. The hand break was loose so had to be tightened. It was recalled for the steering wheel and for the accelerator pedal. It keeps getting a squeak while driving. When the heater is on in winter I can smell burning. It went through front tyres at 12,500 miles. It has now started to rev while idle. I wish I could afford to sell it but unfortunately it will have to be mine for a few years yet. I would not recommend a Toyota and I think Toyota should be extending the warranty free of charge instead of charging over £300.
Submitted: 2010-09-02 | ID: 6044
When is a semi auto not a semi auto? When it’s a Yaris 07. My 20 year old daughter just passed her driving test and was looking for a car. We decided on a semi auto Yaris as she liked the look of it and I "KNEW" that everything Toyota is ultra reliable & well made. My self & my brother have 03 Avensis 2.0 semi autos & we’re both very happy with them. I’ve been driving for 25 years & have never driven a car with such a nasty gearbox. It feels like it’s being driven by a learner driver who is on their first driving lesson. Very jerky and takes ages to change even when you put your foot down. When sent it back to get some dealer issues dealt with and asked them to also check the gear box it wasn’t operating as I "know" Toyota semi auto boxes should. I then spoke to the dealer customer service person who informed me that this was how this car drives, so I called Toyota who said that this was indeed the case. I was amazed when they told me that this was a manual gear box with some sort of mechanism atached to it. Whatever any of you reading this doe’s please do not even consider buying a "semi-auto Yaris as it’s a total disgrace.
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I totally agree. My daughter’s Yaris is a ’semi-automatic’ recently bought but not under guarantee. Although it is 7 years old it has only done 30,000 miles. The clutch has a problem and it needs new actuators. Apparently this is going to cost £2000. Unfortunately,if she doesn’t have it fixed the car is worthless. This is disgusting - Sheila Pearce from England
I’m having the same problem. I bought a brand new Toyota Yaris T-Spirit (MMT) in 2006, in 2008 I noticed the gear change became jerky and not smooth. I took it to the dealer and I believe they changed the gearbox and the device that tells the car to change gears, which seemed to fix the problem. Six months ago, the exact same problem re-occurred, I took it to another Toyota dealer (as the one I bought the car from had closed down), and they say there is nothing wrong with the car, it is the way I am driving it! It has become worse over the past months as it seems to be affected with cold weather as it becomes worse on colder days. I have written a letter to Toyota Head Office about a month ago complaining about this default but have had no response from them to date... Typical! Any ideas please on what to do? B Hadid from Middlesex
There is an updated transmission ECU that can be changed under warranty. Your dealer should be able to sort this for you. The logic in the ECU has been changed to stop the harsh lurching forward from cold and the poor gear change - Dave from England
Hi, what is this update please? Jeanne from England
Submitted: 2010-08-11 | ID: 5888
Great small car, like everything about it except for: Dificulty engaging 1st and reverse gears. My 1938 Singer le Manns had the same problem. Progress hey Toyota? When changing up the engine revs go up as you make the change from first to second. Thought it was something I was doing but see others have it. Absolutely no torque, lose the revs you have a problem. Drive through the gears and you can get good performance out of it, but you have to drive this car. Steering, brakes, handling are the best I have ever experienced on any car. Only done 9000miles, first service coming up.
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I owned a Yaris 10 years ago and have just bought a 59 reg TR. Thought it was my driving technique that was making the revs go up from 1st to 2nd! Glad to see that wasn’t the case. I have difficulty getting into 3rd sometimes. Anyway still love this car! Laurence from Durham
Submitted: 2010-07-28 | ID: 5791
I bought my 1.3TR 5dr after my previous Yaris (03 1.0ltr colour collection) was written off following a rear end smash. I considered the Aygo, as I was pleasantly surprised when I test drove it, but stretched myself financially and went for the Yaris for cabin and boot space mainly. I really want to love my new car as there are lots of good points - the stop/start feature suits my style of driving, as I do go into neutral and apply the handbrake when stationary at traffic lights. Great visibility and handling, the music system is good and I can plug in my phone rather than carrying lots of CD’s... HOWEVER - the fuel economy is not what I expected. 80% of my mileage is done on the motorway and I am nowhere near the expected mpg, even taking into account speed and whether the air con is on etc. 6th gear is definitely a cruising gear, don’t attempt to accelerate or even maintain speed on the slightest of inclines, without flooring the accelerator or dropping down to 5th. Also, the gear selection is diabolical. Now, to the mechanic below, whilst I think you wrote some very good points, I object to being told that I can’t drive. I have been driving (without incident until the above no-fault smash) for 22 years. I also used to work for a number of Toyota and Lexus garages and as a result drove an array of models without any hint of gear problems. This was between 1999 and 2005. Since picking up my new car in March I have had problems with selecting 1st, 2nd and occasionally reverse. I thought I would give the car the benefit of the doubt and didn’t report it at first, choosing to "run the car in" and see what happened and also to check if I just needed to get used to it (although why I thought this I don’t know, as I have never had a problem driving any car before). Anyhow, I booked the car in to be checked last month and was advised by the Service Dept that they had adjusted the cables, as they agreed that selection was difficult, although they thought 2nd was the worst. On the positive side, they told me to see how it then felt, but that if I was still unhappy they would replace the gear box for me. I was a little shocked at this, with my car only being 3 months old. The gear selection does feel slightly better, it hasn’t "popped" out of second since, but I do still get problems selecting the three problematic gears every now and then, at least every couple of days, sometimes more often. I’m in two minds what to do, what if the new gearbox is just as bad or worse? Will Toyota refuse to help again if they have already changed the gearbox once? I suppose I am lucky, as reading the other reviews, I seem to be the only one who has been offered this option, is it too good to turn down? Some serious decisions need to be made. After the hassle of the accident and loosing my beloved 03 model, this is the last thing I was expecting when choosing a brand new Toyota. I have always sung their praises and recommended Toyota to everyone I know, but the sparkle has definitely tarnished!!!!
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Lisa, I totally agree with you about the Yaris. I bought a brand new 2008 version 1.3 SR and had no end of trouble with gears and brakes and clutch. Had a new clutch after 3000 miles, new gear box oil but evenutally I sold it back to the dealer after 13 months and bought a brand new Ford Fiesta, which although not perfect has none of the issues the Yaris had and is a joy to drive. Every time I see a Yaris on the road I want to crash into it as I hate them with a passion, the car made me angry every time I drove it. I have also been driving for 24 years and have had new cars but none of them had any of the problems the Toyota had. I cannot understand how you can give it a 3 star rating though, even 1 star is too much. And also to be told by a mechanic that if you had problems driving the car, it is because you cannot drive is very insulting and an ignorant comment....I have passed my advanced driving test amongst others and am now an advanced driving instructor but will never have a Toyota as I think they are over rated and most other cars a far better to drive - Peter from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 2010-07-19 | ID: 5708
I bought my lovely Toyota Yaris 1.5 litre VVTI it’s a very practical car especially in the city. It has a comfortable interior and I have a lot of fun driving this car. I could say it’s not the best car, but with the price it’s a very good and reliable car. I never had any trouble with my car so I strongly advise any body to try it.. Good luck
Submitted: 2010-07-17 | ID: 5692
Bought our first brand new car, went for a Toyota because thought would be the most reliable, big mistake with the Yaris. We have a petrol 6 gear stop and go and have had to learn how to drive it, gears are hard to change and clunk, mpg is only about 35, much lower than the urban average they quote. Constant revving in low gear change and braking and so it does not stall when at traffic lights you have to rev the accelerater. My husband and I both have around 25 years driving experience and will never by a Toyota again. The only thing I like about this car is the high seats, which makes it easy to get in and out of.
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I totally agree with all of your points. I have constant problems with over revving, stalling particularly on hills, a gear box which feels like stirring porridge and on average acheive 43 mpg. I have had Toyota’s Field Service Mananger come up and drive it only to be told that basically it is my driving style. They do admit that my accelerator pedal has "too much play". However, they cannot adjust it- this together with "Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent"(don’t think so) technology introduced to improve exhaust emissions and fuel consumption, will result in the engine stalling quite easily. I am looking into getting an independent expert witness and taking them to arbitration - Lynda Reddish from Lancashire
I have heard a rumour that there is yet another recall in USA connected to the Yaris and it is a problem with the computer. It could explain the stalling/over revving but I can’t find out much at the moment... Lynda Reddish from England
Submitted: 2010-07-07 | ID: 5601
I bought mine brand new a little over a month ago now and it is a fantastic car. Very well priced with a good level of equipment. To drive it feels very solid and stable, all the pedals are firm and have good feel to them. The steering is nice and weighty and had a good feel to it. The gearbox is fantastic, and has a great feel to it, unlike the previous 5-speed model which felt like stirring coal at times. The engine is refined and punchy, offering good acceleration. The stop-start system is excellent. Cutting out when you come to a stop and firing up again before you’ve even had a chance to put it back in gear. The fuel economy is very good, and cheap road tax (£0 for this first year’s tax disc) and insurance are other plus points. The only downside I can think of is that the ride can get a little bit crashy on awful road surfaces, but nevertheless I would definitely recommend a 2010 Yaris to anyone who is looking for a well built, economical and dependable car.
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My stop/start technology is extremely tempremental, it has a mind of its own. below 5 C it will not operate at all. It works one day then doesn`t the next... The capacitor that stores the power to restart after a stop/start is a very poor design and in my opinion has not been tested thoroughly enough. I will be contacting Toyota for an explanation because they are selling their cars on technology that is not reliable at all! Anthony Smith from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 2010-06-24 | ID: 5508
I have owned my Yaris for almost a year. I am generally very pleased with it. The gearbox seemed to get smoother to shift with more miles on it and I have never had a problem selecting gears. I do however, occasionally experience slight clutch ’judder’ when setting off, but this only seems to happen in cold weather, and does not occur once I have driven a couple of miles. The little 1.0 engine is excellent - it just needs to be kept spinning. It is surprisingly capable for such a small unit. I get 52-58 mpg with a mix of urban and 70mph motorway driving. There is the odd slight trim rattle, but this only developed after 10 months, and it comes and goes. I have driven the 1.33 6-speed version, and I do not think it is worth the extra money. The 6 speed gearbox did not shift as smoothly as my 5 speed, and the bigger engine did not feel like it had tons more power, it just pulled a little better and I only got 44 mpg. Quality is not as good as Honda, but it is better than most other brands. I would buy another.
Submitted: 2010-06-24 | ID: 5507
The clutch is INCREDIBLY spongy. I have had the car for 9 months now, I have been driving for more than 40 years, I have sworn by Toyota cars in the past but I still haven´t "mastered" it because it is badly designed. The oil consumption is quite amazingly high. The petrol guage is very easy to miss as it falls on a long drive given that it is a minute series of white light dots located at the furthest extreme from the driver on the display and does not include any warning sound whatsoever as it falls towards zero unlike the vast majority of rival cars. (Yes it does flash on and off; a single minute white dot at the furthest extremity of the display.) Overall, a disappointment. Not what I expect of a Toyota.
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Bought my Yaris 1.33 TR from the "North East’s Premier Toyota Dealer" in October 2009 after waiting weeks for it to arrive (Dealer-"unforseen difficulties") and what a waste of time and money! Used to have a Vauxhall Corsa and compared to that, the Yaris is utter rubbish. It is overpriced, overhyped and my relationship with it is nearly over, thank god!! There is no way on god’s earth that it has a 100 horse engine, it lacks torque and power at the bottom end, the handling is attrocious (on the Corsa it was crisp), Toyota’s fuel economy figures are at best optimistic - my personal best is 52 mpg. My car must have been thrown together by the last friday night shift before a bank holiday weekend because I wish my dash panels were fitted as expertly as the showroom models- there are bits sticking out all over (Dealer-"you must have got a dud one"). Only a few more days left with this granny mobile, guess which small hatch I’m going back to? - Paul Dean from Northumberland
Submitted: 2010-06-14 | ID: 5444
Lovely car, especially quiet after my little Aygo. As a lot of people have said the MMT gearbox does take a bit of getting used to. I am keen to know if other owners of this model have had a query regarding the 6th gear? My car will only go into 6th at above 70mph, which does seem a bit odd, if not illegal! I have queried Toyota a couple of times but they say this is "normal". The fact that the engine is running at 300rpm higher than it needs to at 60mph and averages just over 50mpg does not seem to arouse suspicion!!?? The car goes into 5th at just above 40mph and then there is a 30 mph difference before it goes into 6th, has to be wrong. I would appreciate comments from other owners of this model, the 1.4D MMT 6-speed.
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I bought a 1.4 MM Diesel new in late 2008. It was my first new car in over 30 years of driving. I chose the Yaris because it offered an autobox on a 1.4 diesel, which most other manufacturers weren’t at the time. Yes, it will change into 5th at 40mph on a light throttle. My 5 speed box does. As yours has a 6th gear and doesn’t change up to that until 70mph I would suggest you use manual mode to encourage it to change up earlier - it’s only the flick of a lever after all! Does yours have the irritating habit of dropping into 1st at low speeds when 2nd would be sufficient to keep the car rolling? Mine does. That is the one major criticism I have of the MM box. I also find that on light throttle applications going around roundabouts (of which there a lot here in Telford) it will change up to the next gear, usually at the apex of your curve around the roundabout; this unsettles the car when you’ve set a line and that does annoy me too. I’ve learned to let the box change down as it does on braking then ’hold’ it in gear manually until I’m round the island. It takes little effort to do that and does help with smoother cornering. I’m generally pleased with my Yaris but find that two years down the line I’m not achieving the 62mpg on a run I used to. My average these days is more like 59mpg on a run but that’s still pretty good compared to my previous car which struggled to achieve 40mpg on a run. Have a play with your MM gearbox Hillary and I think you’ll find you can improve the way it works - Neil Dunbar from Shropshire
2010 Yaris TR 1.4 D4D MMT Bought this lovely little motor 4 months ago, and I am over the moon with it. I have had many motors in my time, from minis to mercs,both autos and manuals,and this is the best of both worlds, an auto in traffic around town, and a mamual on a run, when with the use of the paddles, the revs can be kept low, and therefore fuel consumption kept down. You just have to recognise that this isnt an automatic, but a manual with an electric/electronically operated clutch-wonderful, and much better than the similar Honda.I get about 53 mpg in purely town driving, and about 65 mpg on a run-can’t be bad! I love it - George Dobson from Durham
Submitted: 2010-06-10 | ID: 5420
JAPANESE BUILD Yaris 1999 1.0 petrol - small, bulletproof car, 158000km of city driving mostly, absolutely no issues at all. Only one light bulb changed in last 11 years. Perfect 5 stars.
MADE IN FRANCE yaris 2007 1.3 33000km - urban fuel consumption a bit high 8l per 100km.130-140kmh at freeway-6l per 100km-perfect. no issues except a bit hard clutch pedal and noisy windshield wiper. Both headlights died but replaced in warranty.and my big mistake-black colour-although it looks very nice after car wash. 4 stars
MADE IN FRANCE yaris 2008 1.0 petrol - great fuel economy at 90km/h,140km/h and city driving.6-6.5 l per 100km. The bad; aircon died an 15000km, clutch set changed at 38000.exhaust changed also. 3 stars because of warranty, otherwise would never buy Toyota again, that really sucks even if in warranty
Submitted: 2010-06-07 | ID: 5386
Seemed to have no problems with this car until expiration of 3 year warranty. Since then have had to have clutch replaced due to burning smell and chugging in slow moving traffic. Paid over the odds for repair at dealership but burning smell reoccured 5 weeks ago. Climate control stopped working after last service & pedal recall. Bought this car after doing thorough research and recommendations. Don’t know if I’ve just been unlucky but am now thoroughly unhappy and waiting for next thing to go wrong. Mine seems to have been built to last only 3 years. Dealers are nice but would not accept that there was a fault with the clutch despite what other people have reported.
Submitted: 2010-05-24 | ID: 5291
Thought this was going to be my dream car! Bought it new - and it now has 6000 miles. The gear box is really difficult. Selecting second gear is sometimes impossible - leaving you stranded out of gear! I’m really looking forward to this in TT week (Isle of Man) - not! Still in negotiations with Toyota to try and fix the car. Want to get rid of it asap.
Submitted: 2010-05-23 | ID: 5275
Have been driving my little black Toyota Yaris 1.0 since 1999 and it has NEVER given me any trouble. I have only ever had the tyres changed and called the AA once. The guy who came out said I had spilt some oil on the engine (I called them cos I could smell the oil burning) he went on to say that in 18 years of working with the AA he knew it would be something and nothing as it is a Toyota. I have just upgraded it it - BEST AND MOST RELIABLE CARS EVER!
Submitted: 2010-05-16 | ID: 5231
Had problems with the gears on my Yaris since I bought it new a year ago. Often impossible to get into 1st gear and reverse, takes several attempts and then very difficult. Toyota say no fault found. Also the clutch went completely 2 weeks ago and had to be in garage 2 days, not good for a car under 1 year old and with less than 15000 miles on it. though that the new clutch might solve the gear problem, but no. Going back to garage next week but sure they will just say no fault again. Had a toyota before this which was fantastic, but won’t be getting another.
Submitted: 2010-05-16 | ID: 5221
I have had the 1.3 Yaris just over 18 months, apart from the throttle recall it has only required routine servicing. My previous vehicle was a BMW MINI, it was with great relief to move over to a car that was no longer the source of a poor driving position and backache! Yes, the Yaris is a bit ’bouncy’, but only on some of the poor quality roads in this part of Gloucestershire. The fuel economy is excellent and I often obtain mid 50’s mpg. Comfortable, solid controls, nice gear change and good brakes makes the car a pleasure to drive. There is nothing else on the market I feel could remotely surpass the Yaris. Being a Toyota, it’s nigh on bullet-proof, will hold its value well and start first time, every time. If you want a car that has more ’image’, handles better etc.... there are plenty around. But for the price/package the Yaris takes a lot of beating as a sound, common-sense car for every-day motoring.
Submitted: 2010-05-13 | ID: 5206
I work as a driving instructor and had a 08 14tr diesel with 5 speed gear and I got a new 09 model 6 speed, it is not as good as the previous car. The gearbox is very rough changing gears, can be difficult at times, also the car burns a lot of oil about 3 litres between service. Rear door latch sticking. I have spoken to the dealer and have had my car in a few times about these problems, they keep telling me that the cannot find any problems, with the gearbox and Toyota guide lines in handbook on oil useage is believe it or not is 1 litre per 600miles so the car has to be using 14 litres between service so who need to change oil, ha! On the last service they have changed the grade of oil but this does not seem to have solved the problem, going back to the dealer next week, will keep you posted.
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I have exactly the same problem with my Yaris. I had the turbo replaced but still using oil - got through whole engine full in 1825 miles. They still say this is with in Toyota guide lines. Done 26787 miles - Patrick Wilks from Hertfordshire
I bought a brand new 2008 d4d Yaris, had the first service at 7000 miles as I would be away when 10,000 came up. After driving another 3500 miles (none at high speed, only steady 60 to 70 on motorways) the oil light came on, I stopped and checked it - no oil in the engine!!! Since then it has continued to use oil at the same rate. Now done 11,500 miles and Toyota are doing the second. Drive it for a thousand mile check and they tell me Toyota spec is 1ltr per 1000 miles, what a joke. I had old bangers that never used that. There must be an intrinsic design fault with the engine. I have had Toyotas in the past and could never speak too highly of them, but their new breed of cars are just not up to par. However the dealer at Northampton has been very good and I hope a satisfactory conclusion will eventually reached - Paul Woodman from Northamptonshire
I have the same problem, 1 litre of oil per week and Toyota tell me that it is within their tolerence. The last Toyota I buy... Colin Dawes from Kent
Submitted: 2010-05-07 | ID: 5172
Bought a new Yaris T1 3 door in January 2009, was enjoying it until Friday last week, was going to drop the kids off at school and the gearbox packed up, with only 13000 km on the clock. Was really disappointed.
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Wow, I am having the very same problem at 30,000 miles under 3 years old. What are Toyota doing about these problems? Looks like nothing, I am waiting on the dealer, only had it serviced last week - Gail Speck from Bridgend
Submitted: 2010-05-02 | ID: 5142
I’ve had the 1.4 Diesel since Christmas. It replaces a 2003 Yaris diesel that I had from new. The MKIII Yaris is a bigger car with more room in the back for passengers. Driver leg room is not brilliant. I’m 5’10 (178cm) and you wouldn’t want to be any taller. My wife’s Panda has more driver leg room but at the expense of rear passenger space. I’d expected better fuel economy from the new Yaris - at least that is what the official fuel figures would have me believe but whereas I used to get 850km out of the MK1 Yaris I have to drive very carefully to get 750-800km out of the MKIII. That’s about 4.5l/100km or a little over 60mpg at normal UK motorway speeds. It is a heavier car so maybe that is not surprising. The winter tires maybe make some difference and I will watch things over the summer. The body panels are as flimsy as the MK1 Yaris. Performance is slightly better and the 6th gear is worth it. The seats are just as uncomfortable. Build quality seems to have suffered on Toyotas. I’ve got a badly fitted interior panel, a vanity mirror that is stuck and the gear box does not feel as good with a noticable clunk when changing gear like something is loose. However I’ve had no problems changing gear, as mentioned in other reviews, even in alpine temperatures of -20C. The 6th gear reduced engine revs at motorway speeds. There is some wind noise over 125kp/h. The engine is much smokier when cold compared to the MK1 Yaris. So overall I’m less satisfied compared to the MK1 Yaris but I think the car represents good value for money. I would seriously consider other brands when buying my next car.
Submitted: 2010-04-19 | ID: 5052
Part exchanged my t sport 54 reg Yaris a week ago for the new sr 1.8. I am well pleased all the tweaks have been made in all the right places. It’s a total pleasure to drive despite all the negative comments on this site. I would still recommend the new Yaris, to anyone who knows how to drive that is! My wife recently got the new Verso and guess what, it is also a fantastic car. Even clarkson says they are very reliable and he’s addicted to makes that are constantly flawed. British, Italian, French, take your pick I’ve driven them all and and been used to constant inferior reliability and build quality. The Japanese have got the upperhand on reliability because they take pride in all they do. Recent recalls, mainly in the American market, speaks volumes; they dont say U.S. for nothing!
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Try telling your story to the relatives of the people who died in the US because Toyota was too greedy to fully test their products and knowingly sold faulty manufactured car to their loyal customers - Jaisan Warren from England
Submitted: 2010-04-19 | ID: 5050
I have a Yaris Zinc bought new in 2007 now having gearbox problems which first started 3 wks before the warranty expired. The engine would not start so I switched it off and left it for 30 mins and then it started and was ok. I had it checked by the Toyota garage, which stated a problem with gearbox software; this was reset. Three days after the warranty expired the same thing happened again, but have been told now out of warranty. The warranty starts when the car first registered with the DVLA, but I did not pick up car on first day as the garage forgot to fit the towbar so I picked it up 4 days later making it still in warranty. I’m taking it in on Tues 6/4/2010, here’s hoping. Now waiting for delivery of new Volkswagen Polo.
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I have a similar 2007 Yaris Zinc VVTi and have just experienced exactly the same. The neutral light is on, foot is on the brake pedal but the starter will not operate. The breakdown truck driver started to pull the car up onto the flatbed and said this car is in gear which was strange considering the neutral light was on. He released the winch tension and allowed the car to roll back down the ramp whereupon he was able to start the car as normal. The transmission warning light had been on but then went out prior to car starting. This would tend to indicate a gearbox electrical control problem be it a software or actuator/sensor problem. Mileage is only 28,000 so normal wear and tear is unlikely to be the cause! Any ideas out there? - William Thomson from Lanarkshire
I am having the same problem with my 57 Yaris auto. Sometimes it just will not start but if I leave it for 30 mins, it’s fine. I have taken it to the dealer who says it is to do with the automatic actuator and needs replacing cost £1,200! I am in the process of arguing with Toyota but so far, no joy. The garage has said they have had a few cars with the same problem, and now they have a different auto system in the new models - Gaynor Eyles from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 2010-04-07 | ID: 4941
I can’t believe Toyota at all. I got a Toyota Yaris 18 mths ago and it’s been nothing but a hassel. 1st the earth was not on right and I broke down on the M50! 2nd it would not start for me one morning; called the after-care team, they told me it was not serviced...Hello!? I got it 2nd hand! 3rd my horn would not work and now the gear box is playing up and the worst thing is I still have 3 and a half years left to pay so I now going to court about it. Best of luck to anyone who thinks a Toyota Yaris is a good car; nothing but a a hunk of junk, a Fiat would be better. And to top it all Toyota didnt want to know, f***ers.
Submitted: 2010-04-03 | ID: 4934
I don’t own a Yaris, but I drive them regularly as I’m a mechanic. Yes the brakes are either on or off, but you can get used to them, and a smooth stop can be achieved after relatively little time getting used to the vehicle. To be perfectly honest, most people on here sound like they just can’t drive. Gear selection problems? I’ve never come across a problem with the gears. The gate is quite close, so you have to be more accurate with where you’re sending the gear stick, otherwise it will get caught on the gate and not select, but that’s not a fault, that’s driver error. Most cars on relatively cold mornings have poorer first and second gear selection until the box warms up a bit. TIP: if you really want, before you move off, work the gearbox a little just hold the clutch in and go 1st to 5th/6th and back down a couple of times, it’ll soon loosen up. As for the gearbox being made of twigs and mud, that’s rubbish, the build quality overall is good, I’m not going to say its perfect, but it is good. Engines are pretty sound... They’re gutless because you’re driving a 1000cc car or you own a more powerful one and you’re not used to driving a low powered car but the 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.8 versions are available. The SR’s are reasonably pokey. Toyota doesn’t dictate what MPG you can get out of a car, the government do, they test all the cars and release the figures (for emissions and road tax purposes). The pedal recall is free and therefore shouldn’t affect the value of your car. Especially if everyone realised that firstly, it’s not a UK issue. Toyota is only recalling the cars in this country to put peoples minds at ease. Did anyone realise? Ford (in fact all GM vehicles), Citroen, Renault, Nissan; to name a few, all have the same pedal issue across some of their range because they use exactly the same pedals. In the last 5 years Toyota have had 4 or 5 recalls maybe? But did you know: Mercedes has had in excess of 40? BMW: 30 something; Ford: 30 odd; the list goes on, in fact Toyota has had the least out of all the major car manufacturers. I think with any vehicle you buy, someone’s going to find something to complain about, and it’s always the cars fault, no one ever thinks to look at the thing operating it - the driver. As a mechanic, it is so frustrating, and awkward, to have a customer complain that there is something is wrong with their car and when you drive it you can’t find anything to fault. 90% of the time it is down to the way the vehicle is driven. Chances are, if your mechanic tells you that something is wrong with your car, then there is, and if he/she tells you there isn’t, there probably isn’t. Could the squeaking noise which goes away when you open the drivers window, be the rubbers vibrating because there might be a slight gap that the wind is getting down? In which case try re-seating/replacing the rubbers. If the car is new get it done on warranty, if not it’s not a problem that affects lots of cars as I’ve never heard of this issue before. Penultimate Note: The main reason I bothered replying to this is because Toyota’s, on the whole, seem to be a reliable car. That is, I don’t really make any money out of them. Give me a Ford or a Renault, or better still, a Peugeot! if I had Peugeots all day every day, I’d be rich. Final Note: Yes, sometimes it is possible that you are unlucky, get a vehicle that is not quite up to standard and has escaped quality control because they’re mass produced. This goes for all mass-producing manufacturers. You can’t in my opinion write off a company because of one thing anyway, it would be like writing off a country because they didn’t win an Olympic gold in frog tossing or something. Toyota didn’t become one of the biggest, if not the biggest car manufacturer for no reason. Think about it. (Rated 4 stars due to how I find them to be, based on mechanical soundness, and for what they are -- a small city car for pottering around in. I think it does that pretty well? Since they weren’t really designed for long journeys).
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Totally agree Rob, exactly what I thought. Toyota haven’t got where they are today by making rubbish. I’m just about to get a Yaris 1.8 sr after many trouble free miles in my t.sport. If people want fuel economy buy another make, you save a fortune when you go everywhere in a breakdown truck! - Brett Carey from Sussex
I’d be interested to hear your comments on the Yaris 1.3 MMT. Unfortunately buying this Yaris is the biggest mistake I could have made as it loves to kangaroo/lurch very very frequently. Funny too that I’m blamed for this cars performance - Ann from Surrey
MMT cars are hard to drive smoothly. The theory behind them is good but in practise they don’t work so well. The thing to remember is that they’re not an automatic, they are a manual car with a fully manual gearbox, and so should be driven as one. Take your foot off the gas when you want to change gear, and it will. there’s a knack to driving them smoothly - Rob from England
Well, the "Take your foot off the gas when you want to change gear, and it will. ...", as suggested by Rob 1/4/2010, used to work in the first years we owned my wife’s 1.4 Yaris TD (MMT), but some time ago no amount of cajoling would persuade the car to shift up. This has somewhat dented our enthusiasm for the Yaris. We have also noted the same sort of sluggishness as mentioned by Hilary Shroff (10/06/09), although our Yaris has a petrol engine. My wife took the car in for a general service this morning and complained about the gearbox problem. The garage said that the gearbox needed re-initialisation (I suspect, a sort of re-booting of the electronics), and as it was a 1 1/2 hour job we agreed it would have to be another appointment. However I then asked the service manager why this re-initialisation was at all necessary after 3 years and 145,000 kms, and he suggested it is quite common (!) and to minimise this problem, the driver should always go N and brake when stopping in traffic. I pointed out there was nothing in the manual to suggest one should do so. Has anyone had this problem too, and should I buy this re-initialisation story, or is it a symptom of something more serious in the MMT gearbox / system? I’ve seen some threads complaining about shift problems even in manual mode of this gearbox - Zeppi from Malta
Spot on this report. Rob is 100 percent right on his comments. The average driver these days hasn’t much of a clue when it comes to vehicles and their ability to drive or recognise faults with them. If you buy a car with a small engine don’t expect GTi performance and listen as Rob says to people like him when it comes to what is mechanicaly right and wrong. As for the person complaining in one article about boot space they could have got something bigger. Simples - Mick Bennett from Yorkshire
I agree with Rob. I have been driving for 37 years and am now on my 3rd Yaris which is a 1.3 SR on a 57 plate. I have covered 34,000 miles. I have no problems with the gear box or clutch. Yes when it’s cold out it can be hard between 1st & 2nd gear but it doesn’t last long. Oddly my husband who has less driving experience, over-revs, stalls my car and blames the car/gearbox. I blame his bad driving. Strange I don’t have this issue - Liane Lee from Kent
Submitted: 2010-04-01 | ID: 4925
Actually we had similar problem with gears. The clutch is hard when you want to press it. It is not possible to make a smooth gear change in the lowest gears and it makes roaring noise when you want to change gears. The clutch has to be pressed to the floor to get a smooth gear change in either reverse or second gear and even then it sometimes decides not to go in without several tries. Dealer said everything normal. I think anyone who wants to buy a Toyota Yaris should think about its changing gears.
Submitted: 2010-03-31 | ID: 4917
I’ve had NO problems with my car since I got it about 2 years ago. I’ve had other Toyotas too. I am very pleased with the high level of customer service of Toyota and high quality of car. There is nothing wrong with Toyota. It is the best make of car. I have had plenty of other brands but always came back to Toyota and NEVER had any problem with any of my Toyotas. I had a Ford Fiesta one time and sparks flew out from the pedals. It was a fire risk and Ford are still making cars with fire risk recalls, mine was years ago, 1980’s to early 1990’s.
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Submitted: 2010-03-26 | ID: 4889
Oh GOD! what a ridiculous car and what BIG mistake having bought one, why that day wasn’t I ill? Or probably I was to buy a Yaris as many reported here I must agree 100% that the clutch is a pain, the gearbox is crunchy and the dealers aren’t able to manage it (tried different). I’m trying to sell this c**ppy car but it’s almost impossible due to its very low valuation and the pedal recall no one wants to drive a Toyota any more, What a mistake! I’ll never buy a Toyota again in my life time and I would never recommend anyone to buy a c**ppy Toyota!
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Crunchy gears? You must be talking about a Chevrolet Matiz - Mary from Yorkshire
Submitted: 2010-03-10 | ID: 4796
I bought this car in October 2009. Since then I must have been back to the dealer several times. The main problem is the gear change, and the ’revving’ noise it makes as you are changing gear. Toyota are insistent that this is ’normal’, but, having owned a 07 model prior to this, and have also owned loads of cars, I have never known revving as you are changing gears; it is more evident on the low gears, from 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd etc. My husband has been on a test drive with an engineer, and the engineer insists this is ’normal’. I do not think this is right, but I have again taken it to the garage this morning because the drivers seat jammed in the far back position, and wouldn’t move, forcing me to have to drive with several cushions behind me. This wasn’t ideal as I have to drive 7 miles or so in this way, and also to the garage this morning, which is about 7 miles again. They again said there is nothing wrong with the engine, although the mechanism on the drivers seat needs a part. Also the car is always stalling, and as I have been driving for more than 20 years, I find this most annoying especially if you are in a traffic queue, and the lights change to red again because the car has again stalled. My husband also drives this car on a regular basis and he is suffering the same problems. I would never buy another Toyota, never mind another Yaris after all the problems I have been experiencing. I don’t agree the car is reasonably priced, and think it is expensive for what you get.
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I have to agree with you 100% I’ve had a 2010 Yaris hatchback for 3 days now, and my knee and hip are actually sore from using this clutch!!!!!!!I have stalled at least a dozen times when going into first gear, and I have been driving a manual for 20 years!!!! - Lee Haynee from Canada
I agree. I had a 2008 Yaris with same problem. The dealer said that there was no problem as the computer said so. I drove other Yaris’s with no problem and thought it was that particular car. Like a fool I bought a new one this year. I live on hills - it stalls regularly in 1st and reverse gear My bro who has worked with cars for 40 years even stalled it, he says the revs are too low/ not steady when stationary and eco not on and too much play on accelerator pedal It also over revs on gear change I will go to dealer but am sure they will say it is me and if their computer can’t find a fault there isn’t one. Will never buy another - Lynda Reddish from Lancashire
Have you read the hand book? The car has an Eco setting and will switch itself off if the clutch is out and the hand brake is applied. Could this be your stalling problem? David McCabe from Scotland
Submitted: 2010-03-09 | ID: 4787
I’ve been reading all the negatives and had to double check I wasn’t on the other vehicle makes page.I switched to Toyota 11yrs ago and have had 11yrs of trouble free motoring. I currently own a Yaris T-Sport which has given me 5yrs of no nonsence motoring. A fantastic little car by a fantastic manufacturer.
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I assume your Yaris, being a 2005 model, is the old car which was immeasureably better than the new one. Probably why you’re surprised by the negative comments! :-) - Martin from London
Brett, Good to see someone on this site has some sense. I have also had MANY YEARS of HAPPY driving in plenty of Toyotas over the years. I am currently driving a Yaris which is almost 2 years old and it is a great car, never gives me any problem. It is the best brand of car I ever had, I had other brands but always came back to Toyotas. My next car will be another Toyota - Louise from County Antrim
Sorry to disappoint folks, had 1.8 SR Yaris on 09 plate a couple of months now and guess what! Gears shift spot on, clutch no problems as yet, overall performance is fantastic, handling even better than t sport which i never thought possible. Over all great value for money to anyone looking for a fab looking car, anyone who isn’t getting a Citroen or Ford! Brett Carey from Sussex
Submitted: 2010-03-06 | ID: 4782
I bought this car with 10K on the clock from a main dealer a month ago. I am having a lot of trouble with the clutch juddering and it seems to vary. I also cannot get used to the brakes, they seem to be either on or off and the gear box is very difficult especially when cold, I cannot get into first gear and second gear is very hard. I am worried that the reports about quality are true. I have had Toyotas before but this is the worst one and I wish I had not bought it. Knowing what I know now I would no longer recommend Toyotas.
Submitted: 2010-02-24 | ID: 4693
Fab little car, minor gripe is boot shelf not fixed very well. The car is 3yrs old, no problems at all tyres and servicing only, 50mpg 65 if nursed.
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My Yaris is a fantastic car too - Mark from England
I have owned my diesel for two years now. Bought it with 8,000 miles on the clock. No trouble at all so far, routine servicing tyres and brake pads. Love driving it, vey economical on a long run, around 65mpg. One of the best cars I have had and would definitely consider another when the time comes to change it. Eleanor Macdonald from Staffordshire
Submitted: 2010-02-22 | ID: 4685
I just thought I’d have a gander at the Yaris problems because I’ve been having issues with my Yaris T-spirit 1.3 (2006). I’ve driven Vauxhall Corsas, Ford Focuses, Nissan Micras, Mitsubishi Spacewagons... but none of them have had the same problems as this car. Summary of problems: Problems changing gear between 1st and 2nd gear when the car is cold; 1st to 2nd gear change needs to be done really early; Pretty sharp breaks which take alot of time to get used to; Pedals high therefore ankles will ache after long journeys; ridiculously bouncy ride. I can’t recommend this car and I’m considering taking this car in to get something else. My biggest gripe is the change from 1st to 2nd - its pretty dangerous because it makes my acceleration pattern inconsistent - thus sometimes forcing cars behind me to slow down! I just had a service recently where they changed the gearbox oils - presumably they’ve swapped it with something which is less viscous when its cold. It may have worked - but I had to pay 90 GBP to get it done... and looking at this site, it seems like its a semi-common occurance! In case you’re wondering why I bought the car if I think so badly of it - well I bought it from my brother at discount... Now I’m going to do much more research when I get a new car!
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Hi, is yours the semi auto model? Boby from England
Submitted: 2010-02-17 | ID: 4633
I absolutely agree with all the negative comments here, I think the Yaris is probably the worst car on the road and is certainly over rated by anyone who likes it. It is about time Toyota listened to the numerous problems and dealt with them instead of denying there are problems. I thought my Yaris was going to be nice to own but instead I wish I had never even set eyes on it. Also in response to a previous comment it definitely is too high for its width....what was I thinking of when I bought it. A truly dreadful car on nearly every point, do not buy a Yaris....Simples!
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Pat, I have to disagree with you. The WORST car on the road is a Chevrolet. I had a Chevrolet Matiz and it was a heap of dirt, it was brand new but I only kept it for a year, then I got rid of it and got another Yaris. It was a good choice, I am now 100% happy with my Yaris. I will always be sticking with Toyotas as I like to drive a good quality car - Peter from London
Submitted: 2010-02-17 | ID: 4630
I have to admit, I don’t own a Yaris. Normally drive a 2005 Celica which is an absolutely cracking car, but when in for service I was given a Yaris 1.0 litre to drive for a few days. It has got to me so much, that I’ve had to come and write about it. This is the worst car I have driven EVER and I have driven a lot of cars over the years. Seriously, I’ve even driven a Citroen C1 as courtesy car and even though it was not brilliant by any means at least it didn’t pretend to be anything special, just a form of transport. Where do I start with the Yaris? Has to be the brakes - what is going on here?! There is absolutely no progression or feel in the pedal at all, they are either on or off. Trying to come to a smooth stop in traffic is near impossible, I’ve tried, really tried, to very gently tap the pedal... And subsequently found my nose in the steering wheel. The engine is a gutless wonder and should be illegal on the motorway. Trying to join fast moving traffic is a nightmare. I change down a couple of gears, mash the accelerator into the carpet and there is no discernable increase in speed. More noise, but no more speed. By the time it eventually does get up to a decent pace, you have an enormous queue of traffic in your rear view mirror. Gear change is rubbish, it just feels so woolly. Although it goes into gear ok, it never feels precise or mechanical. I’d be surprised if the gearbox isn’t made of twigs and mud. And the rest: steering feel is awful (way too light), handling is almost terrifying, build quality is rubbish (the car I’m driving is only a few months old but rattles like a fridge falling down some stairs) and the pedal positions are poorly considered - I almost always have aching ankles after driving it after having to hold my feet in awkward positions. Boot is non-existent, dashboard layout frustrating and to finish off it just looks rubbish. Why is it so tall?! All in all a massive thumbs down and I’ve only spent three days driving it. I’m certain there are better superminis out there than this. A vintage Toyota Starlet for one!
Submitted: 2010-02-12 | ID: 4595
I drove a little Aygo for just under 3 years. I loved it, a great little car, so when it came to the time for a change I went for a Yaris thinking I would be upgrading (I think you know whats coming!) So far as space,comfort and trim level, the Yaris is an improvement on the Aygo, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t, however, expect annoying little sqeaks from somewhere I can’t identify, except to say it stops if I open the drivers window slightly. The seats are OK, but I find that I’m either too far away from the steering wheel or on top of it, and I’m just a regular 5"9’ tall. There’s a fair bit of storage space in the cabin, which is a plus, but the fit and quality of the storage lids is poor. I have a 1.3l engine model. I find that 1st gear is far too short, and 4th gear difficult to select. 6th gear can only be used economically on the flat and down hill. Try to keep up with the traffic on even a slight incline in 6th and watch that MPG display plummet. I try to drive mine carefully, and on a 20 mile commute to work, I’m averaging between 45 and 49 MPG, which it appears from reading some comments here is not bad, but dissapointingly way off the 67MPG that Toyota promote. Infact so much so that I was begining to wonder if there was something wrong with my engine. I also find that I’m having to hold the steering wheel slightly (but enough to be annoying) to the right to keep it in a straight line. I took it back to my Toyota dealer and was told that an engineer had road tested it and that the gear selection was a bit "stiff" and had been adjusted, and that the steering was fine and that it was probably the camber of the roads causing me to have to hook it right all the time. He managed to test drive it and manouver it around their site and only put 2/10 mile on the clock. Great test drive he must’ve given it! Even the little Aygo didn’t have to be hooked right because of road camber. Now I can hear the brakes rubbing, after 7800 miles. I also have the same problems mentioned by others regarding the Eco system, that worked fine for a start, but I can’t remember the last time it DID work. I also have the heater problem. A cold breeze can be felt coming from somewhere, even with the heater on full. At low speeds the brakes catch me out by biting, but at all other times they feel OK, although I’ve not done a lot of motorway driving in the Yaris. I’ve been driving for 22 years and it’s taken me 7 months to learn how to drive this car, and I still stall it occasionally. I should have saved my money and got another Aygo, they really are "Cheap n Cheerful" and great fun for it, the Yaris is, sadly, only "OK n OK" at the very best.
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Having read this review it was uncanny as to how similar this experience is to mine. I have driven the Yaris since it was launched and never had any trouble, then my S.R when it was 18 months old broke down and my new car (Oct 2009) has all the same problems as this review. The Dealer has done nothing saying they can’t find anything wrong, yet 4th gear is a nightmare, reverse is very hard work and 1st gear has a life of its own. Similar problems with the brakes and the rattles, not to mention the 3 recalls over the last 18 months, even the interior looks dated. After the car breaking down last year I had planned to swap to Mazda but decided to keep with Toyota, what a bad move! I have been driving for 28 years and have always driven Toyota cars but never again. If you are thinking about it don’t do it! - Liz Egan from Lancashire
Submitted: 2010-02-09 | ID: 4581
I will continue to update information as my experience and opinion with the car change. New stuff to report. Water is a huge issue with the design of this car. I mentioned earlier about trapped water due to excessive condensation. I now notice that water gets trapped on the bottom of the door jam. It’s not a little bit of water either, it’s a whole lot. The water never enters the car interior,it just remains trapped leaving oone to worry about future rust.I suspect this water issue had a lot to do with my not being able to unlock my doors during to cold winter days without the help of graphite oil in the key hole (the wife has the only remote control key). I really like driving this car a lot, and what surprises me is that this is truer now than when I first purchased it. Yes the car has some issues,and I get the feeling that quality was not a top priority with this Toyota as would have been with previous models, but it really feels good to drive. We are of course talking about a price catagory so lets not get carried away. In my moments of doubt, I decided to go back and test drive the competition once again. I drove a variety of cars,all with either the 1.2,or the 1.4 engines. I seriously considered selling the car in my moments of winter frustration. None of the cars felt as good to drive in the under 120 kmh range,while a few were as good in the higher ranges. The third gear is very long,and the power delivers the promised horsepower. Fourth and fifth gears do very well too, the sixth gear a little disapointing in power. At lower speeds this car wants to please you badly. It does almost everything right including taking sharp turns. I am not too happy about the brakes, they tend to bite in a strange way at lower speeds,but at higher speeds they feel normal. My hope is that this car with its European driving characteristics will perform like a Japanese car when it comes to reliability. My German car driving neighbours have greatly enjoyed watching the latest news on Toyota’s troubles. I can no longer drive down the street with that smug I outsmarted you look on my face.
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Hello again, it’s time for a follow up. I noticed that many are unhappy with the car, I understand many of the complaints but some seem a bit exaggerated. Yes the gears are a bit " crunchy ",at least the first two gears are. The clutch seems to do well,I have spoken to other Yaris owners around town and they all seem to like the car, but some do have minor complaints. The biggest complaint I hear has to do with the almost non-existent start-stop system. During the winter months my own experience has been that this start-stop completely fails to deploy. Now that it is getting warmer the system seems to work but only on occasion. The engine on my Yaris has opened up a bit and I am very happy with the performance. Previously I wrote about the lack of power at high speeds but this seems to be changing. Last week I took a trip on the autobahn lasting some three hours with my family in tow. I averaged 160KPH but had a little difficulty bringing her to 175 KPH. In my previous trip some three months ago the car struggled getting past 165 fully loaded. The low gear grinding seems to have gone away, or I am getting used to shifting. I can’t escape the feeling, however, that this car is at best average quality in build. Looking closely at the gaps between the plastic one can see several areas of uneven spacing. The car did stall once at traffic lights due to my poor use of the clutch and it required several attempts with the key before it would start up again. The process was very frustrating and unusual given the modern ignition system. I very much like driving this car, the steering is very light at low speeds but responds well at higher speeds. I like having a light steering response in the city, it makes for less driving fatigue and parking made easy. My three start rating remains firm, this car has excellent points and some not so excellent. A quality Toyota this is not. What we have is an attempt by Toyota to expand further into the European market with a very European feeling automobile. Profits seem to have gotten in the way of quality. I will only be adding further should parts need replacing. I will write and let you know what was replaced, at what kilometer stand and total costs involved. Have a great day - Stephan from Germany
Submitted: 2010-02-08 | ID: 4575
I wish I had read these reports before I bought my Yaris, it has been a total mess from the day I bought it. Everything I have read I can relate to and now they are recalling so many cars because of the accelerator sticking makes me wonder what else could go wrong. I should have stuck with my reliable Clio, never had any issues with it apart from wear and tear. People need a reality check, Toyotas are no longer what they used to be. Do not buy a Toyota Yaris if you want a car that is good to drive and own.
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You don’t know as much as you think about recalls, Ford had a bigger recall recently. Every brand that was ever made has had recalls. So you like Renault, so you think they never had a recall? - Jo from England
Congratulations! You found a reliable Renault?! Steve Den from England
Submitted: 2010-02-04 | ID: 4546
I could not disagree more with Alex E of Oxfordshire about the Toyota Yaris. Having owned a few Toyotas in the past and been very pleased with them, driving about 200K a year I have never been so disgusted by any other make of car since having the Yaris...and I have driven just about every make and model there is. What has happened to the quality of build and materials? The brakes and clutch are terrible, it is near impossible to make a smooth gear change in the lowest gears and the brakes are dangerously snatchy and what is that roaring noise? It sounds like the pads are covered in rust. Why can I hear the gear linkage clonking? I have a Yaris 1.3 which is 2 years old and it is full of rattles, the engine is weak and makes odd noises especially when cold. The ride is wobbly and the car seems to bounce over the slightest uneven surfaces. The boot and rear seats may be adjustable but the rear shelf kind of just sits there, there is no proper fixing. The internal plastics seem to scuff very easily. The pedals all seem far too high, on long journeys I find my ankles ache as I am having to hold my feet up. There is nothing nice about this car unless you are deaf, dumb and blind. I am glad that reading other posts, I am not the only person who thinks the Yaris is a complete LEMON. The quicker I get rid of it the better. If anyone things the Toyota Yaris is a good car, THINK AGAIN!
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Paul, you said if anyone thinks the Yaris is a good car should think again. I took your advice and after ’thinking again’ I still find that that my LOVELY Yaris is the perfect car, it never gives me any problem. The Toyotas I had before were high quality as is the one I have now. My brakes and clutch are perfect, I always have a smooth gear change. My brakes are never scratchy. I have no roaring noise or clonking in my car. My Yaris is the same age as yours but no problems. It has no rattles, the engine is fine and it makes no odd noises. It is never bumpy. There is a proper fixing for the rear shelf. The internal plastics do not scuff at all. The pedals not too high, try adjsuting your seat. Everything is nice , (in fact fantastic )about this car and I am not deaf, dumb or blind. My next car WILL be a TOYOTA YARIS! - Joe from England
Submitted: 2010-01-24 | ID: 4425
This is a fab ’little’ car and ours has been far more reliable than my Boxster S. While the Yaris is my wife’s car it is the one I choose for popping to the shops for both ease of parking and load carrying capacity. In September we took a trip to the Lakes and our TR (1.3) coped well with four adults and our rather large Tibetan mastiff when driving up and down the back roads between lakes. We’ve been amazed at the load carrying capacity as the back seats can be independently slid forward or folded flat as needed. The boot floor can also be lowered to give a deeper boot for carrying plants or my tuba for band practice. In terms of performance, this is not my Porsche but it has enough oomph for the daily commute and with the optional lowered / stiffened suspension it can be a laugh around the Oxfordshire country roads. Niggles? 30,000 miles in and we’ve changed the front tires twice but we do drive this car. Other than that, this a pretty great car. In fact, we bought one of the older models (second hand) for my cousin I’ve just ordered a new one for my mum. The Yaris beats the Fiestas (1.3 & 1.25 Zetec) we’ve had hands down.
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I agree with you. I have had many cars and Toyotas were always the best....and still are. I had a Yaris before and it was the best car, now I have another Yaris and there is nothing wrong with it. The gears are perfect, the brakes perfect, steering, seats, everything about the car is perfect. My next car will be a Toyota! - Bob from County Londonderry
Hi AlexE. I AGREE with you. I LOVE my Yaris, it is the BEST car. I think the ones on here writing bad things about it must be journalists or ones who sell another brand, I had a matiz and it was rubbish, I happily went back to Toyota. The ones on here must not drive Toyotas at all, must be a smear campaign. They must be jealous non-Toyota drivers - Amy from England
Submitted: 2010-01-20 | ID: 4367
I forgot to mention a few other things that I dislike about the car. Cold air is always blowing on my feet when it’s cold outside, I have tried everything to make it stop but it won’t. Dealer says this is normal and I should turn the heater at the feet vent on a higher setting. What I get now is hot air from the vent at feet level while cold air blows in from somewhere else also down at foot level but it’s not coming from the vent. The start stop feature is an absolute joke as so far in my driving experience, it has only worked for about twenty percent of the total driving time. The manual says that in cold weather the battery needs more energy and thus the start stop will only work sometimes. I live in Germany so I don’t know if my post will be allowed and I pressed a county lising at random as this was the only way my post could be entered, I am sorry about that.
Submitted: 2009-12-31 | ID: 4180
I will give you an honest word on this little car. Purchased it about three months ago, and I have mixed feelings. I have a problem with a leaky front window, the gears are fine, however, sometimes reverse has difficulty getting in and second gear too. The clutch has to be pressed to the floor to get a smooth gear change in either reverse or second gear and even then it sometimes decides not to go in without several tries. Dealer, as usual, said everything normal except for leaky glass. The car drives nicely, has excellent handling, I always feel in control and slippery roads were a pleasant surprise. Car has excellent power up to 120 kmh, however, power fades badly after that. I don’t know about the hundred plus horsepower, I have driven cars with less rated power that were much stronger at higher speeds. I have been driving Toyota’s for almost twenty years and have loved them all, except for this one. I gave her a three star rating, but it could have just as easily been two stars.
Submitted: 2009-12-31 | ID: 4179
I got my Yaris Gls from new, I have done 95000 miles and it has never let me down. It’s never had a spanner on the engine apart from services, a fantastic car. If anybody wants to sell me a 2008/2009 drop me a line at email@example.com
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Don’t change it! I had a super, nippy little 2002 Yaris GLS. I changed it in October 2009 for a Yaris TR, 1.33cc, thinking it had improved features, space and economy. It has been a problem right from the start. It is so sluggish. It takes ages to get up to speed and I haven’t dared take it on a motorway as yet. It revs up as I change gear, and the gears are awful, particularly second gear. It is a wonder no-one has collided with the rear of my car at a roundabout - slowing up, then trying to pull away when the road is clear is a nightmare as very often second gear doesn’t engage, and I find myself struggling to get it in. The heaters won’t direct warm air to my hands, unlike my previous Yaris, and as I dislike using gloves I have spent most of my time this winter driving with freezing fingers. I am told it doesn’t need a recall regarding the accelerator problem, but I took it back for the gears to be checked. Was dismayed to find that the Visual Safety Report/Estimate I was given afterwards made absolutely no mention of the gear problem, (which is now no better) but just ticked that the following items had been checked: Lights/Under Bonnet/Exterior/Seatbelts/Clutch and the individual tyres, none of which I had concerns about! When I complained I was told that they and the company had records of the work carried out (gear cables adjusted), but I very much doubt that. Are they trying to sweep another problem under the carpet? I later received a letter confirming the adjustment to the gear cables. As for carpets, I am now going to have to return the car for the carpet under the pedals to be fastened down. It has come away from the floor and is loose under my feet. I shall never buy another Toyota - Wendy Magern from Dorset
Submitted: 2009-12-11 | ID: 4069
Bought a Yaris Zinc in 2007 with mmt. Having trouble with gear changes, like various other people. The main problems are the gear change goes up on hills and roundabouts and when it changes gear in auto mode it clonks at the back like the old cars with a back axle. Due for a change think, I will have to try other manufacturers very, very, dissapointed.
Submitted: 2009-12-05 | ID: 4020
My sister has a Yaris. She had some rattling at the front of the car so she took it to two garages. One said it was the gearbox and the other said it was the clutch with the cost to repair between £400-500. This is a lot of money for a budget car that people buy for economy and cheap motoring, she has two children and a house to keep she needs her car for work. Toyota should recall these cars and fix them for free as its obviously a manufacturing fault
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The rattling is the air intake plastic pipe by the bodywork fastening. The air filter box works like an amplifier, that’s why it’s so loud, took me one month to find out but only 2 mins to fix it :) - PeterP from Ireland
Submitted: 2009-11-22 | ID: 3942
As a driving instructor I have used various makes/models. In August I thought I would go for a Yaris, what a mistake. I was already noticing excessive oil use. At 4000 miles. On a lesson the engine partly disintegrated, bits of sheared off engine parts in the road!!! Apparently on all recent Yaris’s there is a problem with the turbo which causes oil to be sucked from the engine into the turbo/inlets. So out of the the last month it has spent 3 weeks on a garage ramp with courtesy cars provided by the Driving Instructor Centre. Compensation; by going to the very top, I contacted Mr Adashi, CEO Toyota Europe, my agreed compensation so far stands at £900!!
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Very strange, I too am an A.D.I. and while on a lesson yesterday the engine revved wildly and disintegrated leaving the con rod and peices of the engine block all over the road. Similair miles too, just short of the first service at 9,000miles Thought it was something to do with the recall on the accellarator pedal that has just been announced but this seems tooo coincidental. What path did you take for compensation? Main dealer or direct to C.E.O.? - Tony Kelsey from Durham
I also work as a driving instructor and have same problem, 3 litres of oil between service have to check oil often in case it runs low my car is 09 diesel 6 speed gear which is very noisy . I had a 08 5speed had none of these problems - Bernard McDyre from Ireland
Purchased my Toyota Yaris 1.0 T3 from the main dealer, between July and August the car had 3 litres of oil. Engine oil light still kept flashing. When you change gear the car makes a funny noise especially between 1st and 2nd. Reported it to Toyota who booked it in to the workshop. Had a 3 wek wait as there were no loan cars. Driving on the motorway heard a loud bang from the engine. Toyota thinks the comrod has pierced the pistons. I have only done 8.000 miles since I purchased the car (brought it at 26,000). Toyota are saying may have to pay labour charge if warranty doesn’t cover! really fed up as they don’t seem to care. Will take legal action if they say it is not covered as the engine sounded like it was going to explode. Extremely unhappy - Denise Wilkins from London
Referring to the exploding D4D diesel engines (Bernard McDyre & Denise Wilkins 22/11/2009) It’s too late to help you personally but if you follow this link it will tell you why it happens - www.fiat.co.uk/Community/forums/thread/10175.aspx - The point seems to emerge that DPF (diesel particulate filter) is an absolute no-no unless you drive lots of motorway miles regularly. It would seem that any diesel car, whatever make, after about 2007-8 will have a DPF fitted. Proceed with caution! - Bryan Wilson from Hampshire
Submitted: 2009-11-22 | ID: 3941
I still like the car overall, as I reported below, but having tried to get used to the gearbox I find it’s clunky, not smooth finding the gears and is often very, very reluctant to go into second shifting down. Looking for postings on this I find I’m not alone and I also have the reported "burning smell" occasionally in normal driving. I thought the clutch might be slippng once or twice, but put that down to my being "off" in handling a new car, now I’m not at all so sure it’s me. It’s just not got the transmision my 16 year old Corolla had. Seeing the dealer tomorrow; let’s see how this goes.
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Nothing more to add to this review but that I have exactly the same problem. I drive a Yaris 1.33 dual vvt-i SOL since August 2009. I can not get used to the gearbox at all. I’ve been driving a previous model of Yaris (2003) and it was an excellent car then - Robert Zizman from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 2009-11-18 | ID: 3910
I have been a driving instructor for the past 25 years and as such my clutch work is very good, therefore my clutches last a long time. However, since purchasing my Yaris I have had the clutch burn out at only 27,000 miles. The new clutch then began to emit a burning smell after 3 days so I took it back to the garage for an inspection, only to be told that the smell was merely the smell of the old burnt out clutch lingering and that it would eventually go away. Now, just 2 weeks since the new clutch was fitted I can once again smell burning and the car has had to go back into the garage again, which is obviously seriously disrupting my work. I had been recommending the Yaris to pupils and anyone else I spoke to who was already considering buying one, however, I am now completely put off the car. Even Nissans have better performance in their clutches! Has anyone else had a problem with their clutch? I have been reading a lot of reviews complaining about the Yaris’ gear-box, which I think could be related to the clutch.
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You only need to read through all the reviews to get the picture regarding gearbox/clutch issues. I have rejected my car and am waiting for Toyota to respond, after a year trying to get used to it and umpteen trips and weeks in the garage. Simply the worst car I have ever owned or driven. I am totally at a loss to see how it was possible for the Yaris to get a good reputation and I don’t understand the people on this forum who praise it. The only thing is hasn’t actually done is break down but neither did my 9 year old Clio 1.6 16v in the 9 years I owned it and it was a joy to drive and did everything it should have, I can’t say the same for the Yaris 1.3 - Peter from Bedfordshire
Almost 20/30% of new manual 6 speed Yaris’ have gearbox troubles. Toyota knows this perfectly but doesn’t lift a finger to repair this drama-comic situation. If Toyota is still, even if I doubt, a serious car brand factory they should recall & repair for free all gearbox troubled cars; however, I think this will remain a dream. Right now Toyota is one of the less reliable car brands in Europe. I had a test drive with the new Mito (Alfa) & it is another Galaxy - Davide from Northern Ireland
We must be in the lucky 70% as our new 1.33 manual 6-speed Yaris has no gearbox quirks at all. Easy when oil is cold (all this week!) and smooth into every gear. In fact a much smoother gear change than my Audi (but that’s another story). I do find the clutch biting point a little difficult to feel compared to a faithful old Mazda, ie it’s easy to stall(so is the Audi). Overall we are very pleased indeed with the way it drives, hope the Toyota reliability reputation was translaled into French for the people who built the car. I had a new Renault once and vowed never never again to buy a French car - John Milnes from England
Having worked for Toyota for over 12 years and seeing learner car Yaris’s doing well over 100k on 1 clutch they don’t have a clutch wear problem and the fact your new clutch is smelling of burning (which is overheating) so soon I would suggest you get your dual controls checked for dragging your clutch pedal or slightly holding the brake pedal on? - Peter from Lancashire
I am a very good driver of standard vehicles. This is not my first time driving a stick, but this is my first time with clutch problems. My clutch burned out this morning, after I smelled a burning smell while driving a few days ago. I think there is definitely a problem with the clutch and Yaris. The dealer is charging me $1088.00 to get materials and install new clutch. I was told that the labor costs $700 alone! Andra Rivers-Jones from United States of America
It’s not the clutch. It’s the incompetent dealer service. Clearly the adjustment is such that it is slipping hence burning smell. My guess would be that was your first clutch problem as well. I had a service here. The handbrake was cinched up so tight that the brakes dragged and stunk. Ditto clutch smell. Adjusted both and zero further problem. I regularly take it into the mountain passes here which means a real workout for brakes and clutch. Zero problems when properly adjusted - Bruce Isbister from New Zealand
Submitted: 2009-11-03 | ID: 3826
Great car! I love the MMT! I have read a lot of bad reports about MMT function but really can not fault it!
Submitted: 2009-11-02 | ID: 3812
One of the best cars that I have ever driven.
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My best car too - Pat from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 2009-10-09 | ID: 3697
For me the Toyota Yaris is a great car without problems. My parents bought one after test driving. They are a bit older and love the seats for their backs. They owned a Hyundai Elentra. My friend trashed his Fiat and also bought the Yaris. Previous car (15 years) was the Toyota Corolla: 320,000 km without any problems.
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I have always had Toyotas and always had complete satisfaction with them, NO problems I will be sticking to Toyotas - Judy from England
Submitted: 2009-10-09 | ID: 3689
One of the worst cars ever, it reminds me a typical chinese car, the build quality is really low, it is not comfortable at all, the steering is too light (very dangerous), the seat (driver side) is too close while the steering is too far so it’s impossible to find a decent (and definitive) driver position. When it rains it seems to have the water inside! The new engine 1.3 (100hp) is underpowered but it drinks like a Scotsman, on highway over 70/80mph seems to drive like a jumbo jet. It starts to squeak after 4/5000km, now seems a concern. Very poor and badly assembled plastics, the gears are a real nightmare, every time you shift it seems that the engaged gear is coming out, very heavy/hard gear and above all very noisy. The clutch is too high (I mean really too much), the brake system is good only at low speeds, at high speed you should cross your fingers hoping to never stress your "eco" (as economic) brakes. This is my first and will be the last Toyota.
Submitted: 2009-10-05 | ID: 3658
In response to Peter Walsh, I have just got my car back from the dealer after 2 weeks. I had rejected it but was advised by my legal team to give the dealer one more try. They say they have replaced some parts in the gearbox linkage and it does seem slightly better but still not what I call a good car to drive. The brakes are still dreadful, the clutch still judders but they tell me they are all the same even though the courtesy car I just had for 2 weeks was better to drive, though same engine and gearbox. I will be rejecting my car again. I cannot understand how people can like these cars. If I were you I would reject your car, if you have any of the mechanical problems mentioned on this forum, it seems that Toyota just cannot put the problems right.
Submitted: 2009-10-01 | ID: 3650
Purchased a new Yaris 1.4 Diesel 6 Speed Manual in late August, the car has done less than 800 miles and the gearbox is giving trouble. When you change down from third gear to second, you can’t select second gear leaving you stranded as you are too slow for third gear and too fast for first. It’s been dangerous at times, especially when coming off a motorway or approaching a roundabout as you are left stranded without being able to select a gear. Car went back to the dealer at the start of this week, no courtesy car was offered, after a few hours told by the dealer they can’t find any fault. When asked if they had driven the car the dealer said ’no’. Left the car with the dealer for further investigation and stressed that they need to road test it to find the problem. After 3 days, still not heard back and called the dealer for an update. Dealer said they still can not find any fault so they are going to change the gear selector cables but by their own admission admitted that this will not solve the problem. Has anyone else had problems with the 6 speed manual gearbox in their 2 as trying to put a portfolio of incidents together to take to Toyota and the media to try and get this resolved. If the dealer can’t rectify this, then I’m going to reject the car and buy a Polo instead!
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Hi Peter, I am having exactly the same gearbox problems and am currently in the process of trying to get a new car out of the dealer as I think this is unsafe. - Alan Lord from Lancashire
Yes, only the main problem I’ve had is changing from 4th to 3rd. The dealer originally (at a few hundred miles) admitted there was some resistence in the gearbox and suggested I get back in touch around 4,000/5,000 if problem still persisted, which I did, only to be told that that was just the way the gearbox is and that if they take the car in and strip things down to find the problem - and there isn’t one - I’d be charged. He went on to say that Toyota would claim it’s "driver error" in changing gears. I did stress that I felt the situation to be dangerous (as someone esle has mentioned here) but that didn’t get a response. We agreed I’d call in when I could, to test drive another Yaris with a 6 speed gearbox to compare. I only managed this at 10,000 service and it felt like a completely different gearbox! So the dealership test drove mine and agreed there was a problem and replaced the gear selctor cable but as yet I’m to be convinced it’s helped. I’ve let them know this, and to be fair, we’ve agreed I’ll contact them again in the New Year if it’s clear the problem remains. There’s been no mention of a general problem with this gearbox, so I’m pleased to hear I’m not alone! - Kate from Pembrokeshire
Me too I’d some problems in the transition from 3rd to 2nd, but really it’s my fault. I think Yairs need more accurate sense with the speed when you change the gear box in a simple way, just try to reduce the speed to 20km/h then move to the 2nd gear box. When moving from 4th to 3rd you need to slow to 40km/h or less - Khaled Asem from Egypt
Submitted: 2009-09-29 | ID: 3635
I traded my much loved Peugot 106 for the Yaris TR in June and although happy on most issues am seriously concerned about the indicator sytem on this version. On making a minor manoeuvre e.g. onto a slip road or a left from a roundabout, the indicator doesn’t automatically cancel so you have to cancel manually so after after every signal you have to check the indicator light. If you have noisy children in the car or listening to the radio, this is is one more task you could do without. This is potentally very dangerous as if you fail to cancel the indicator a vehicle coming out of a turn will think you are turning but you are not. This does not seem to have been a problem on earlier Yaris editions or on other models in the Toyota range. Toyota say it is the drivers responsibility to cancel indicators and they adhere to the legal requirements. Does anyone else have this problem? And yes the gear change esp for 3rd to 2nd is a nightmare!
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I have no problem with my Toytota indicator, or any other part of it - Nigel from Durham
Hi, yes I too am having indicator problems; but am being told this is a quirk or inherent fault with this car! As stated this can be dangerous as the sound of road noise is loud and the indicators not very loud! I am seeing the dealer tomorrow but do not think they will do anything. This car is 3 months old and has done 1,750 miles... Jeanne Hammond from England
Saw the dealer and nothing can be done about the indicators - Jeanne Hammond from England
Totally agree with the indicators - very, very dangerous. Toyota not interested - David Bridgewater from England
Submitted: 2009-09-16 | ID: 3577
Decent car but with a nightmare gearbox. I just sent a couple of letters to Toyota and they answered back that they don’t know anything about the problem I reported & mine is just an isolated case, as I can read here it isn’t... Toyota has lost its good name for reliability.
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I bought the same model you drive in July 2009 and am very disappointed. I have the same problems with the gearbx. What a nightmare, I don’t know what to do ... Robert from Croatia
Submitted: 2009-09-10 | ID: 3548
I can’t believe some of the negative comments here. I have just completed 50,000 miles in 2 years - hard driving in London and on motorways. Usually full of equipment. It drives beautifully - the seat is the most comfy I have ever sat in, you can get enormous amounts in the rear with seats down, it will cruise all day at 80 (tho of course I don’t do that ) and on mixed driving returns 45mpg. I had 3 people, a drumkit, cello, keyboard and PA and you wouldn’t know it was loaded. Slight gripe with getting into reverse but that’s about it, oh and going up long hills fully laden it runs out of steam, but it is only a 1.3.
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I also cannot believe that you cannot believe all the negative comments you are reading here. I will not go into too many details but I took legal advice about my Yaris 1.3SR. It was bad in just about every respect the day I bought it 11 months ago. Toyota finance and Toyota are very aware of the case and are waiting to see what the dealer can do. The dealer has taken it away today for their last chance to put all the problems right otherwise I am rejecting it. However nothing short of a complete re-design will put some of the problems right. If I am not offered most of my money back, perhaps someone here would like to buy it from me because I am told all Yaris’s are like that, so if some people think they are a good car then the purchaser should be very happy. This is NOT a reliability issue, it is mainly a drivability issue that I have never had in any car in my 23 years of driving. Perhaps there are actually two Toyota makes, one VERY GOOD and one VERY BAD. After my experiences of 2 Toyotas in the past 16 months I would not want another Toyota if you gave me one. If anyone here disagrees with me, please reply to this and I am willing for you to come and test the car (if I still have it) - Pete from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 2009-09-08 | ID: 3533
It ABSOLUTELY SUCKS AND I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!! What did toyota think it was doing with this idiotic mmt thing? Everytime I drive it I come out of it sick from those lurches and sick of its moaning and whining noises!
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I received my first brand new car 1st September. I HATE IT. I have bought the Toyota Yaris 1.3 MMT model. I am unable to drive a manual as I have a bad left leg. I have always driven a manual up to now. I dread every time I drive the car. It makes my passengers feel car sick. It lurches all the time. It hates being in cues and low gear. I think it thinks its a kangaroo. I have been back to the garage. They checked it. Told me nothing wrong with it just the way I drive it. Then they told me its just how the Yaris is. We have asked for our money back but I don’t think we will get it. I love driving but I dread driving at the moment - Tracy Brown from England
I feel exactly the same way. I got this car because I wanted something easy to park but that had an automatic gearbox. This is NOT an automatic. The only way to drive it without lurching is using the mmt feature. We bought it thinking it was just us getting used to the car, but 2 weeks on we’re still lurching from one gear to another. Very dangerous at roundabouts and junctions as you don’t know when the car is actually going to move!! I hate this car and have no idea what to do about it. We’re calling the garage tomorrow and hopefully they’ll have some sort of suggestion - Becks from Renfrewshire
MMT isn’t Automatic, its a manual gearbox controlled by actuators. A robot. It takes getting used to. The theory is good, it’s just not quite perfected yet - Rob from England
Hi, why didn’t Toyota bring out a proper automatic? We seem to want one!! Jeanne from England
Submitted: 2009-09-04 | ID: 3517
I am having trouble with the gear box. Also, is anyone having problems with the front doors? When it rains, or when washing the car, water gets in to the door and when you open it you can see it pouring out of a drain hole...
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What did your dealer say about the gearbox problem? My dealer said it has not had anyone else with this problem - Mags Allsopp
Many thanks. The gear box is probably a bit stiff being new, sent letter to Toyota and am waiting for a reply. I also sent an email to the dealer and am waiting for a response about the water - Anthony Long from Northumberland
I have had my Yaris tr 1.3 for a couple of months. i took it back after a week as it was not going in to 4th gear properly every time. Toyota said there had been reports of this on some gears and said they had tweeked it. I'm still having probelems with 4th gear and will be taking it back again. My half an hour drive to work on a dual carriageway is only on average 37 mpg. One last thing, I have left my car in first gear then when I've gone to move off I have shot back in reverse and as you will know this can not be done accidently - Claire Atkinson from England
I bought a brand new Yaris earlier this year and had the same problem with one of the back doors. The garage put it right in the end. Anyone else had a problem with cracking side mirrors? I have only had the car since February but already had to replace two drivers side mirrors which have just cracked. Also had both mirrors stolen. So far spent couple of hundred quid on side mirrors over a period of a couple of months - Kathleen Morris from London
Submitted: 2009-08-18 | ID: 3446
I am a driving instructor and bought my 3rd Yaris diesel T3 end of April. From the start there was black smoke from the exhaust and it used all the engine oil in 3,000 miles - I had to fill it up every week. Dealer offered me an oil consumption test and said Toyota say 1ltr of oil per 1,000 miles is OK!!!! Not prepared to do a 20 mile round trip every week for this test when it was obvious that it was more serious, but they didn’t seem bothered about the smoke. Took it in again lasty week and insisted on a test drive. It broke down 2 mins later. Took 3 days and the engine out to find that the engine block, cranckshaft, piston and valve all knackered. New short motor being put in-takes another week. Very unhappy and angry with Toyota and dealer. I could insist on a new car but so much hassle I will have to accept the repair. But I will be getting rid of this car asap. Oh and I told them about the problem with 2nd gear too - same as an ADI friend with the same model.
Submitted: 2009-08-17 | ID: 3442
This is the second Yaris that I have owned from new, so far it has done 23,000 trouble free miles. No problems with the mmt gearbox, and mpg excellent. A great little car, never had any problems at all with it, will definitely buy another next year. The dealership servicing and customer care is excellent.
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I agree with you Derek. My Yaris is the best car too. I never had any problems with it. Next car will be Toyota and the staff are very good too - Lucy from County Tyrone
Submitted: 2009-08-17 | ID: 3437
I totally agree, the MMT gearbox is "all over the place". Changes gear, hates bad weather, or hills. Just had an upgrade, much better.
Submitted: 2009-08-14 | ID: 3413
I have an 07 Zinc. I hate the multi mode gearbox which causes the car to be a very "jerky" ride. By far the worst car I have ever driven. I found out by chance about an update and have just had this done. Much better. I was informed that Toyota admit that this gearbox was a "mistake". Why was I not informed about this upgrade, and why are other Toyota users not informed?
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Can you tell me what upgrade you have done? Thanks - Henry from London
I also exchanged my beloved Toyota Yaris that I bought in 2001 for an abomination that includes an MMT gearbox (Yaris Zinc 07). It’s frustrating to say the least, especially when you want to pull away quickly at a roundabout etc. Never before have I driven a Toyota like it, the garage took it in and said there seemed to be a problem with the gears, and they did a "modification" on the gearbox. It still lurches like a kangaroo in death throes, and as soon as I can afford to, I will be trading it in for something decent. I may even get in touch Mr Adashi CEO Toyota, which I notice that someone else did. I will NEVER buy another Toyota Yaris as long as I live. The automatic indicator doesn’t cancel either. Guess I’m stuck with it for now, but let’s hope that Toyota come down off their high perches and realise what is happening. We can only hope... Joy Smith from Buckinghamshire
I have just started to get problems with this multimode/T-Tronic gear box. When I press the gas pedal in automatic mode the car just labours /goes no where, the rev conter just goes up and up and the car goes no where. I change to manual mode and this makes no difference. When travelling over a round-about it can be quite scary - Brenda Yearwood from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 2009-08-14 | ID: 3412
I have had my Yaris from new and it has provided me with 2 years of trouble-free, cheap motoring. It does 50 mpg plus easily while urban driving, 65 mpg, at the least on a long run.
Submitted: 2009-08-12 | ID: 3402
As I have never had the pleasure of purchasing a brand new car, I decided to use the scrappage scheme to get rid of my beloved peugoet 306 and buy a Yaris TR . What a mistake. I am truly disappointed. As already mentioned by quite a few people on this site, the gears are absolutely rubbish I am having a lot of trouble getting into 1st and 2nd gear, and worst is trying to go from 3rd to 2nd, what nightmare. I have been driving for nearly 20 years, and I now feel as if I have just passed my test. So instead of looking forward to driving my brand new car, it fills me with dread, as I have already stalled it on numerous occasions, and I am slowly losing my confidence. Will be taking it back to the dealer ASAP.
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I am having the same lurching every time I go up in gears. The garage said they tested the car on the computer and no problems were found. They are charging me £1400 plus VAT and £200 admin fees before they take the car back. On top of that they took my Vauxhall Omega and gave me a measly £1000 part exchange. The sales manager refused to put anything in writing, she often contradicts anything she says on the telephone. I feel they are trying to fob us off or break us down. Please give us your view - Cherryl Howard from Bedfordshire
I have a 2008 SR 1.3. The gear change was rubbish between 1st and 2nd, especially a rolling change down into first (junctions etc). After a couple of visits to Toyota dealer we discovered there was a known issue and a warranty fix (adding a weighted coupling to the gear linkage apparently). It is now fine. Suggest you ask your dealer to check the known issues - Brian from England
Submitted: 2009-08-10 | ID: 3388
I traded in a beloved 16-year-old Corolla 1.4 XLI under "scrappage." Important to me, the rear space with the seats down in the new Yaris is possibly greater than the old Corolla: not quite so long but deeper, as the seats fold more efficiently. Better mileage but more powerful, as gradient climbing on the A30 in Cornwall soon showed. Quiet engine, sharp steering. Lots of adjustment in the driving position, and not many cars suit my long back and relatively short limbs. My main whinge is getting used to the extra features including the extra gear, the A/C and the digital dash display. I don’t think I could have picked better for the price.
Submitted: 2009-08-06 | ID: 3374
I have been a driving instructor for 30 years and go through cars quite quickly. I have had many makes and the last year had a Yaris 1.3 original shape. It was ok though the gearbox was very clonky and car generally noisy. I traded it in the 2008 SR and I have to agree with the points made about the gearbox, clutch and brakes on the new Yaris, yes what a truly awful car in just about every aspect. I have had a few courtesy cars on the various visits to the helpful but incapable Toyota dealer and they were just as bad to varying degrees. Please trust me, I know the difference between a good car and a bad car when it comes to driving. The Corsa, Clio and Mini I have had were far superior to this very disappointing offering from what used to be a competent manufacturer. Will not be buying another Toyota for the foreseeable future. The Clio was the best car to drive and was very reliable contrary to popular myth. However, the dealers seem unhelpful at times. Mix Renault with Toyota and you may have a better result.
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I had a Clio and it was the worst car I ever had, so when I got rid of it I got another Toyota. I had Corollas before and Yaris before and they were very good cars, so I got another Yaris this time and it is great too. I could not find any fault with it even if I tried - Maria from Northern Ireland
Submitted: 2009-08-03 | ID: 3325
I purchased my Toyota Yaris TR Diesel in July 2008. Since then I have noticed that the front wheel tyres are wearing on one side as though the tracking is constantly at fault. However, the tracking has been checked and I was informed by the garage that this is a fault with the Yaris. As with all my previous cars I would expect at least 20000 miles from the tyres but in the light of this problem I doubt whether I will get 8000 miles from the tyres. This of course, needless to say, is totally unacceptable. I would be interested to hear if other Yaris owners have experienced similar problems.
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With regards to the tyres wearing on one side, I have had the same thing happen with my Yaris D4D 2007. It went in for the 2nd year service at 20k miles and the report showed 'inner edge 2.5 mm outer edge 1mm wear.' Not very impressed as the car has only covered 6200 miles, surely this must be wrong? I was told to keep an eye on the problem!? - John Westover from England
As a follow up to my previous comments; I took the car to a local tyre shop, where they checked the tracking (no charge) and informed me it was "well out." I am going to ring the main dealer on monday as I am not happy that, whilst the service was being carried out, they did nothing to check WHY the front tyres were wearing out - John Westover from England
Submitted: 2009-07-27 | ID: 3312
This is my eleventh new Toyota having previously owned 6 Corolla’s, 1 Avensis, 2 Starlets and now 2 Yaris’s. I use these as fleet cars covering up to 35000 miles per year. All cars have been totally trouble free until sold at around 135000 miles. My 05 Yaris 1ltr blue was no exception have covered 57000 in 2.5 years - needed no recalls or repairs. The only annoyance was engaging reverse from a standstill. The 08 Yaris TR is even better faster, roomier and trouble free at the current 38000 miles. 46 to a gallon. 1 minor comment: the rear bumper plastic mounts have proved a bit flimsy as a car park knock has left bits of broken plastic on the tarmac. Buy another? Yes, for the job this is used for, for myself, no I prefer my BMW 330 Sport and Porsche 911.
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Of course a BMW 330 and a Porsche do compare pretty much directly to a Toyota Yaris... Steve from Warwickshire
Submitted: 2009-07-27 | ID: 3306
Overall not a bad little car, very good ride for it’s size. The MMT gearbox takes a little getting used to but so far has performed well. Not as economical as Toyota would have you believe but that’s true of most cars. I have suffered a few niggles, failed alternator at 31k, seat handle broken, have just had 3rd windscreen put in... Is that bad luck or are they getting thinner? Air con appears to need regassing after 2 years. So overall, recommended.
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Regarding the air conditioning needing re-gassing after 2 years, all a/c fitted cars seem to need this at anytime between 2 and 3 years so your experience is not that unusual. I have had no niggles in either of the two Yaris models that I have had - not even a light buld needing replacing! Forgive me for suggesting this, but is the vehicle regularly serviced by a competant mechanic? James Walker from Lancashire
Submitted: 2009-07-21 | ID: 3279
I too purchased one of these abominations. I previously had the Yaris T Spirit which was really a great little car, large car feel and motored well, very easy to park, handling was good, the automatic unit compared to normal automatics of 5 years ago was slightly unpredictable... However no real complaints, so I upgraded to the latest Yaris... Big Mistake, far and away worst move I have made in my motoring life of 40 years, the auto and preselect gearbox for this new Yaris are appalling in every conceivable way. Before you consider buying it... drive it for at least 15 minutes. I am off to exchange it tomorrow on its 7th day with me... to hell with the cost, my nerves are more important.
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I totally agree with everyone who has had a problem with their Toyota Yaris. I bought a Toyota Yaris SR 2009 in May 2009 and by July 2009 I have had nothing but problems. It has constantly broken down, been repaired 4 times by the Toyota dealer and they can’t find the problem. New this and that has been fitted but still the problem is there. I say to anybody - go and purchase a car that can be reliable - Maureen Clarke from London
I am also hating the MMT 2009 Yaris. I bought it on the scrappage scheme, trading it in for my beloved ten year old automatic Corolla, which still drove like a dream. I am rueing the day I did this. Definitely the worst car I have ever bought, and the first time I have bought a new one - I thought it would see me through several years, but I am not sure I can handle it much longer. The constant lurching at low speeds as it changes gear at the most bizarre and inappropriate moments really does make me nauseous. And does anyone else find the braking unpredictable. Sometimes too sharp, sometimes nothing there. How did the exchange for a new car go? Did they make any concessions for your dissatisfaction? I am considering doing the same - Maggy Sasanow from Oxfordshire
Submitted: 2009-07-16 | ID: 3252
What a load of old c**p that guy is talking! I have driven a Yaris for the past ten years and have had no problems at all. I found them excellent, in fact a very reliable little car. I am about to purchase another and I certainly wouldn’t drive anything else. I’ve had French cars previously which were a load of tinny rubbish.
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I didn’t know that the Yaris had been out for for ten years? Peter Kenrick from Yorkshire
Submitted: 2009-07-16 | ID: 3246
Had this car a year, nothing good to say about it at all, OK... you can get out of it! How anyone in their right mind can say it is a good car astonishes me. Over rated by people who do not know what a good car is like to drive. Gearbox, clutch, brakes all dreadful beyond words, and that is just the start. The only thing it has not yet done is break down but it feels like it will do soon. If you have any sense DO NOT BUY! Go for a Ford, Vauxhall, VW, Mazda, Renault, Honda... FORGET TOYOTA if you know what is good for you!
Submitted: 2009-07-16 | ID: 3245
I bought my Yaris in september 2008 and am really pleased with it - or was! An annoying squeak which has driven me mad since purchase and which when I asked about it turns out to be a fault that cannot be remedied! It appears to be something to do with the air con and appears at 3000 revs (about 40 miles an hour). This means that it is there most of the time ! Given that Toyota knew about it why did they not tell me! recall would have been a good idea.The excuse was that only some models have this! anyone else noticed this?
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I found there was a whistling noise, it turned out to be the gap in the drivers door mirror. Filled it with rubber compound - Jules Hunt from England
Submitted: 2009-07-10 | ID: 3216
I bought a 1.3 petrol Yaris about 1 year ago. 5-speed manual. We have done about 11000 miles in it so far in Christchurch, New Zealand (similar conditions to England). No problems at all with the car, except for a bit of free play on the clutch pedal (not worth fixing). The clutch doesn’t judder and no problems with the gearbox, easy to engage all gears. Toyota dealer in Christchurch has been very good, although I haven’t needed them to actually fix anything. We use the car for round-town family transport for a family of 4, although we live about 3 miles out of town so it gets driven at 65mph each time we go out. For the size of car there is a lot of space, especially in the back with the rear seats back. This is how we leave the car all the time. Boot space is very small but will fit the kids school bags or some groceries. This model is only sold with 1.3 or 1.5 petrol engine in New Zealand (with limited run of the 1.8 sports model). The 1.3 petrol is OK, with powerband between 3000 and 6,000 rpm. It’s actually OK for overtaking on open road as long as you shift down to 3rd and keep the revs up. Below 3000rpm there isn’t much torque but the engine is smooth and OK for driving quietly around town below 3000 rpm. Despite some earlier comments here, handling is relatively good compared to other small cars and ride is quite good, overall a good compromise IMO. A sports car it ain’t, but if you want a shopping trolley or economic small family car that still has some room, I’ve found it to be quite good.
Submitted: 2009-06-30 | ID: 3167
A classic example of cynical manipulation of the tax system. Create a car that can return less than 120g on the formal test cycle but which has virtually no usable power in normal use. So it has to be drive incredibly hard and delivers none of the advertised savings in the real world. There is simply no power at all below 3000 rpm. The 1.33 engine is fairly quiet at tickover but raucous in normal use. Also not that economical, returning about 35 mpg, and in that respect no advance over the earlier 1.3 Gearchange now much improved over earlier models and now merely poor. The crazy boot arrangement has been changed by removing the false floor so now the floor area has a large lip in it! Other Yaris traits remain, poor build quality and rattling trim, scattered unlit controls, still no heated mirrors. Spec is now even lower than before. Very easy to get 20% plus discounts and even at that price this is not a good buy.
Submitted: 2009-05-27 | ID: 2999
Dreadful in almost every respect. Has a fair degree of space but can’t be regarded as a true four seater as the boot is so poor. Bodywork OK but inconsistent shut lines and paint below average. Ridiculous ride and handling compromise, it has taken real skill to build something that handles so badly and yet rides so poorly too. Extremely poor seats with little adjustment. Noisy and unrefined engine delivers very little in the way of performance and yet is thirsty. Really poor gear change and snatchy clutch. Not particularly reliable and dealers rarely deliver a first time fix or anything notable in the way of service. Would not recommend.
Submitted: 2009-05-11 | ID: 2923
I’ve replaced my ’54 reg. Yaris diesel manual with an ’09 reg. Yaris diesel MMT (auto with 6 gears). I’m very pleased with the vehicle and gearbox. I read the reports here and so was unsure whether the MMT was a good idea. However, it works well with the diesel engine. The gearbox can still be used as a manual and I find this necessary for overtaking. Otherwise the auto mode makes life very easy.
Submitted: 2009-05-08 | ID: 2912
Shocking little car, a triumph of hype over ability. Badly thought out and badly designed, noisy engine needs to be thrashed to keep up with traffic and then burns enormous amounts of fuel and oil. Badly designed interior and acres of cheap plastic lead to creaks and rattles from new. Poor load space, sliding rear seat means minuscule boot and some rear leg room or no leg room and small boot! Gearbox poor, snatchy clutch now so commonplace it is regarded by Toyota dealers as a feature. And a great urban myth is that Toyota dealers care in any way for customers. They don’t - in any way whatsoever! Avoid - there are many many better small cars and almost all cost less.
Submitted: 2009-05-06 | ID: 2895
Bought car with 2800 miles and wondered why a private owner would sell so quickly. Perhaps the gearbox. This one has all the clutch / gearbox faults already mentioned PLUS it touches another gear when entering fifth gear. If rolling back on a slight incline in first the gear locks & the only way to release it is to drive forwards a little.Toyota dealer in Aberdeen has replaced clutch & gearbox parts & after contacting Toyota they have agreed there is a problem which they are working on. A good car spoiled. I hope they do something soon.
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After umpteen visits to Aberdeen agents, who have been very good, they on my persistance have checked out the clutch settings e.g. grip points etc., and the car is now better but still graunchy on selecting 1st and still jamming in first and reverse if you let the car’s weight roll it still in gear with the clutch fully depressed. I have not heard of anyone else with this problem? - Jack Blease from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 2009-04-29 | ID: 2870
As I said in my earlier post we would try and get another SR when the facelift model came out, however now having seen one, they don’t have the 16" wheels and don’t look as good so we went for the slightly cheaper TR model to replace our older colour collection. Jim Walton in Penrith had a ex demo that had been in his showroom since January that had very low mileage and looked like brand new. We got a very good trade in price so a deal was quickly made, a roof spoiler fitted and we now have the SR and TR in our lane. So far it seems fine, as good as the SR in every respect except for the gear change. It feels like it stirring porridge and nearly always crunches going from first to second. maybe its newness and needs time to settle in. Maybe its the way we both drive it, seems odd when the SR doesn’t do it, however another great little car and if the problem persists then I’m sure Jim Walton will soon sort it out for us. Just for the record we only lost £3000 on the older car that we part-exchanged in - in over three and a half years. They really do hold their value well.
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Just a quick update to our first report on our Yaris TR and its gearbox problems (20/4/2009). I got back in touch with our dealer (Jim Walton in Penrith) shortly after we had taken delivery and told them of the problems we were having - ie, crunching from 1st to 2nd. James in the service department told me he had not heard of any such problems but would look into it and let me know but for now just put up with it until he could sort out a solution. A few months went by and then one morning he rang to say that Toyota had sorted the problem and that it would be fixed. After a three hour visit and new gear selector shafts all is well. I don’t think there is a general recall but just go and see your dealer. No problem at all now - David Chorlton from Cumberland
Further to my earlier reports on 16/01/2009 and 20/04/2009, both cars have been recalled for the accelerator fix although we have had no problem at all. Both cars were booked into Jim Walton in Penrith, the work took about an hour and included full safety checks, valet and washed off. They even topped up the engine oil in my SR. Both were ready and gleaming when we called back for them. Top marks to Toyota for the prompt action and to Jim Walton and staff - David Chorlton from Cumberland
Submitted: 2009-04-20 | ID: 2830
Absolutely love the car, except for the gear box. I am having difficulty with 3rd and 4th gears. The problem is intermittent and tends to happen when the car has warmed up. Sometimes I can’t get it in 3rd gear and have to quickly put it into 2nd and 4th gear is very notchy and you think it’s in 4th but there’s one notch to go. I have only done 1000 miles so far. I thought it was my driving that was the problem until I started to research and found all the other complaints. I have taken it back to the dealers twice and each time they have said that they cannot find anything wrong. I am so disappointed and it has totally taken the enjoyment out of having a new car away. I prefer to drive my son’s X reg Clio and now wish that I’d spent £1000 on a car instead of £10,000!
Submitted: 2009-04-14 | ID: 2789
Traded down from a Corolla to the Yaris and not disappointed. I expected this to be a "tinnier" car than the Corolla but pleasantly surprised. Still a nice roomy car and adequate for the annual mileage I cover. Excellent mpg even with only 1500 miles on clock. The gears were initially awkward to engage (2nd & 3rd) but even this seems to be easing now - perhaps the warmer weather helps (I took delivery in January). A good little car.
Submitted: 2009-04-14 | ID: 2783
OK...I don’t live in Wales but I have family there... I’m from Winnipeg Canada... it gets colder than hell here (-40c for weeks on end) and my new Yaris has been flawless. My only complaint is the tires it came with are nearly useless in the snow. It is March 29th and we had about 30 cm in the past couple of weeks so I have had to leave the Yaris in the garage. Once the snow is packed (or melted) it’s OK though. I average 38 mpg imperial (city) and 45 imperial mpg (highway). I have the automatic transmission. We use it for running to and from the cottage (250 km east) every weekend when we can get away.
Submitted: 2009-03-30 | ID: 2723
I absolutely despair! Having had to upgrade from my awful brand new Aygo for many reasons and because I was on a finance deal, I can honestly say how completely disappointed I am with my Yaris SR. From new the gears have been difficult, 1st and reverse mainly. I get water running down the inside of the windscreen in cold weather. The engine is not that quiet and doesn’t start very well, though so far it has always started. The handling in the recent snowy weather was terrible and I found it difficult to get grip on even a slight incline. The brakes have been making a roaring noise just like normal car brakes make when rust builds up on the discs but the dealer says this is normal!!! The car was in my main dealers for a week while they tried to diagnose all the problems. They changed the clutch which is no better, the gearbox now crunches every time I go into 2nd gear in the morning despite the dealer changing the oil to a thinner special oil. They did fix the engine squeak by replacing the belts... it has only done 3500 miles! If I could sell the car or get my money back I would. I just cannot understand how Toyota has every got its reputation for good cars. I want my Renault Clio 1.6 back, at least if worked and when parts were replaced, it still worked! And it never broke down or failed to start. There are many other faults with the Yaris but there is simply not enough room here to list them. The dealer has tried hard but Toyota have failed even harder. I will never buy another Toyota and can’t believe the people who love them... doesn’t make sense. Sorry, but having had 2 Toyota’s in less than 4 months, I give up hope. If I could give it NO stars I would but this site doesn’t allow such a low rating.
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The water running down the windscreen is called condensation. Most cars probably suffer from this from time to time, since it’s a law of physics. If I trusted any manufacturer to work out a way to defy the laws of physics, it certainly wouldn’t be Renault. I know this because I own a Clio and mine does it from time to time - Rob from England
Submitted: 2009-03-13 | ID: 2632
Just bought a 2009 Yaris with the new 1.33 petrol engine and 6 speed gearbox. Incredibly quiet engine, has new ECO drive facility that allows for the engine to shut off when idling at traffic lights or in stationary traffic. Increadible that Toyota have made a car that has 100bhp engine and yet still comes in at 120 g/km CO2 so is taxed at £35. In general I am really impressed with the car. Very comfortable, I am just over 6ft and so small cars can be a bit cramped. Really good driving position and front visibility is on a par with that of my Mazda 5 (MPV). Great basic spec, including a/c and handy AUX IN for MP3 player. Steering mounted controls and also the funky heads up central digital dash display that is a feature of the Yaris (and Prius). I am very pleased with the car. The discounts available make it very competitively priced too.
Submitted: 2009-02-03 | ID: 2465
Good fast small car, no problems yet.
Submitted: 2009-01-30 | ID: 2449
This is the second Yaris in our household, the other being a 2005 1.3 colour collection. This one has been totally fault free in the four years we have had it. The SR 1.4D had a paint defect on it when we collected it brand new in October 2008 from Jim Walton’s in Penrith that we didn’t notice until the following day but it was quickly put right by having the front wing resprayed. Not the best of starts after a twelve week wait. However, it is a brilliant little car that is a very good all-rounder, fairly nippy and very good on fuel. Don’t believe the computer but check your mileage each time you fill up, ours is doing around 68 mpg on decent A roads. Also use decent diesel, not the supermarket rubbish, its makes the engine far quieter and smoother. The only real complaint we have is the way the boot is set up, throw out the false floor and secret compartments, wrap your wheel brace in a towel and stow it with the spare wheel and you have a boot you can use. With regard to the sat nav problems others have experienced all I can say is ours has been fine, CD player, radio and mobile phone are all good. To finish, we like the car so much that we tried to exchange our older one for another but all the SR’s have now gone or so our dealer tells me. Perhaps when the facelift model comes out next month we will try again, £35 road tax £120 insurance and 68 mpg. GO AND GET ONE!!
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Our SR 1.4D is now just over a year old and has been problem free the whole time. Still gleams like new after a good wash and is a delight to be in. Even the sat-nav system has worked well. The ride is a little on the firm side compared with the TR we have so Liz always grabs that so I’m left with the SR to play with. Still £35 to tax and over 60 to the gallon, carries my bike, dog and two sets of golf clubs when needed. A superb good looking all rounder. Service from Jim Walton of Penrith still exellent as always - David Chorlton from Cumberland
Submitted: 2009-01-16 | ID: 2386
Oh dear, what a truly awful small car. I have returned to at least three Toyota dealers over the last year and a half. The first a nationwide multi-franchise dealer who claimed they could find no fault, bizarrely they then agreed the juddering clutch was a problem and presumably fitted a new clutch which is when the nightmare began. From that moment I had difficulty engaging reverse 2nd to 3rd gear and back down was troublesome. Dealer said he felt car was driving just fine so took it to a dealer in Cheshire who tried a number of things and agreed that there is an underlying clutch and gearbox problem with the Yaris - some customers experience it some don’t but they said that as soon as Toyota come up with a modification they will contact me... WHAT? Sadly I had to award the Yaris at least one star but the truth is it does not deserve any. The Toyota Yaris is not a good car... The whisper is getting louder. Tip - if you are going to buy a Japanese car do yourself a big favour make sure it is made in Japan.
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Hi there Bob, I have a Toyota Yaris SR 1.3 Auto 2007 and have had problems since I bought it from new. When cold the car judders like it’s having a fit, struggles to go up any steep hill and if you stop on a hill the car rolls if you take your foot of the brake, auto gear change doesn’t happen right away taking about 2 - 3 secs so it over revs before moving from 2nd to 3rd gear on any flat road. Just yesterday the gear changing takes over 30 secs and to move from 18 to 30 mph you have to keep your foot right down on the pedal but in doing so the rev count goes very high before changing. I will be taking it to a Toyota dealership tomorrow but I’m very worried I’ll be paying a lot of money as I think the gearbox has gone and the car is just 3 years old, so past its warranty. I definitely think they make the car to F up after 3 years. I am soooo P’ed off and will never buy a Toyota again. I am a very unhappy with the car like yourself. How do I make a complaint? Sarah Dyer Jones from London
Submitted: 2009-01-12 | ID: 2375
I am SO disappointed with my Yaris 1.3 SR that I bought brand new in 2008. I am experiencing problems that I have never experienced with any other car in 22 years. The main issue is the gearbox, it is notchy and sometimes from a standstill I just cannot get into 1st gear or reverse and this has happened when I have just driven 50 miles or from cold. I have to pull away in 2nd. Dealer said they cannot find a problem with it. The engine is noisy and sometimes rattles like a diesel, doesn’t even start very quickly and sounds harsh and rattly when it fires up. The electric door mirrors do not heat up, the windows do not even clear of damp when you wind them down! The built in Tom Tom Sat Nav sometimes crashes, the boot is difficult to close, there is a creaking from the dashboard, the clutch clicks when you push it right down and you have to push it right down to change gear! and to start the engine. The rear seat headrests keep falling down, the glove box can be difficult to close and the dashboard plastics are appalling, the handling of the car in the wet is dangerous, the steering wheel controls for the radio are awkward to use and there is no mute apart from on the radio itself, the radio is difficult to tune in and even sometimes forgets the channels programmed in to it. The economy for a 1.3 is not good at about 40mpg, the fuel tank is ridiculously small for the size of car. The heater takes ages to warm up, the steering wheel cannot be adjusted high enough, despite the fact I have the seat lowered. I wish I had never bought the car, I never had ANY of these problems with my 1999 Renault Clio 1.6 in 9 years and it NEVER broke down. All I can think is that either the supposedly good reputation of Toyota Yaris is because the majority of people that buy it don’t use it much or don’t realise how much better other cars are to drive. I wish I could get all my money back and buy another Renault, Ford, Vauxhall, VW. As soon as I can I will be selling the Yaris and never buying another Toyota. What a load of absolute rubbish!
Submitted: 2009-01-06 | ID: 2338
Great car, no problems at all. Got a Corolla Verso manual as well, ditto. I’ve just read and contributed to the reviews for that and I notice the same remarks damning the MMT automatics. Looks like Toyota MMT auto gearboxes are the problem not the models themselves. Again I’d definitely get another.
Submitted: 2009-01-06 | ID: 2337
I love my Yaris! It has never failed me once, and although it is a 2001 model, still looks good today. What a car!
Submitted: 2008-12-22 | ID: 2297
An appalling gear box - a disgrace to the Toyota marque. Gears are unreasonably stiff and hard to get - especially second and third. I end up going around corners in neutral as I cannot get into second gear. (Illegal?). It is much worse when the engine is cold. The whole box is very notchy. Local garage is trying to be very helpful and have not argued - they have changed the clutch and put in thinner grade oil - if anything second gear is now even worse. The garage says Toyota KNOW they have a problem (? new cables don’t work re the latest gear box) and are "working to solve the fault" - but it could take up to a year!! My car is now tagged for recall. In two months I have now developed what looks like arthritis in my left shoulder from ramming gears in over the last two months! As a pensioner I cannot afford to throw money at this. I am hugely disappointed and Toyota MUST come up with a solution. There must be scores out there in trouble with new Yaris gear boxes. I wish I’d never bought the car. Car magazines are going to pick this up and damn the Yaris - at a time when sales are falling of all new cars. Not very clever if Toyota do not get a move on and SOLVE this gear box problem - they will lose sales nationwide as knowledge of this spreads. They cannot afford this mess up. They must solve it and RECALL all 2008 models of the Yaris.
Submitted: 2008-12-03 | ID: 2213
Toyota Yaris... Well, I bought a 2007 1.0vvt to replace my Mazda Demio and what a great car this is... I’m always amazed just how large the inside of this car is, the sliding back seat is fantastic and all small cars should have this feature, it always returns 50+mpg and looks great in silver... I have now covered 20000 miles and still looks like new and drives the same... Such a good car, I will replace it next year with a new one of the same... Toyota quality shines through!
Submitted: 2008-11-18 | ID: 2173
Another Yaris gearbox fiasco. Having purchased a new SR in June 08, it has been plagued with problems changing into 2nd and 3rd gears when cold; almost as if the synco’s don’t exist. The dealer has changed the oil to a different type - no difference, rebuilt the gearbox and tried another different oil; a little better, but in their terms still buggered! The problem is now with Toyota customer care, who seem indifferent, but have admitted there is a problem. If you’ve got a similar issue call them and log a complaint.
Submitted: 2008-11-14 | ID: 2150
I love the car except for the faulty gear box. The multi-mode gear box is certainly faulty and gets stuck on the transmission. It also jots at gear changes in particular at the lower gears levels. I have reported this to the service department, and they say the jolts are not a fault however the fact that they are gears are not getting stuck, is a fault and I am due to have it checked out. This is a brand new car and I feel very cheated and unhappy that this critical issue has taken away the joy of getting a new car. I am not sure what the outcome of the repairs will be, but I will always be left with ill feelings about this.
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I bought a Toyota Yaris 133 vvt and it lurches foward at every gear change - they said all the gearboxes do that, they advised me to try the deisel run car it was a little less pronounced but they want me to pay £2000+ extra. I insisted on my money back but the said they tested the car on the computer and there is no fault. Trading standards said I have rights of refund but another adviser told me that I have the option of taking them to court. The garage said they will take the car back but I will have to pay £1400 plus VAT and on top of that lose my car that I part exchanged - my Vauxhall Omega for which they gave me a measly £1000. The sales manager refused to put anything in writing, she also changes her offer and tries to talk over us - we feel like we are fobbed off - they are trying to break us down. Please advise - Cherryl Howard from Bedfordshire 18/09/2009
Submitted: 2008-11-06 | ID: 2122
This is as much about the garage as the car. I’ve had 4 Yaris models (2 of the old type, petrol) and more recently 2 of the new D4D diesel models; I have changed cars every 18 months or so, for tax reasons more than anything else. The Yaris is comfortable, economical and easy to get in and out of, having a high roof line. Some people have criticised the new diesel models as having a juddering clutch - and this is true at times. But hey - no car is perfect and one can forgive minor problems if there’s a good local garage (WKB Waterlooville) to sort them out. Low tax of £35 per year, combined with 65mpg make this car a winner. I love the push-button keyless start system on my current T-Spirit. In the previous T3 model you had to put a key in, and the noisiest part of driving was the key jangling! I’d have another Yaris tomorrow if I could afford to replace it right now, but - being semi-retired - I might just get the new Toyota iQ. How they manage to get 4 seats in it escapes me...
Submitted: 2008-10-30 | ID: 2091
I purchased a Yaris SR in July 2008 from the local Toyota dealership. Sadly, major gearbox problems; getting into 1st and 2nd gears. The dealer road tested and said it was a faulty gearbox, the technician stripped the gearbox down and repaired the fault. I road tested the car and the problem was still there. Toyota technician road tested the car and said they found no problem. I even got a second opinion from an independent technician and he said the gearbox was faulty - the dealership said they would change the gearbox - they also said they would swapped the gearbox from a another vehicle. I am very disappointed and wish that I had never purchased this car.
Submitted: 2008-10-06 | ID: 1967
We have owned this car for 23 months and bought on a PCP as a town run around for my wife. The stupid semi auto gearbox is a big let down, always in the wrong gear. When you pull away on a slighly wet surface or even dry come to that, it wheel spins, a no no for hilly areas. As you go around a roundabout it changes up so you end up in third or fourth by the time you exit, as for the roll back it’s a good job we both learnt in a manual because you have to still carry out hill starts on the slightest gradiant. When we complained about it to our local dealer he just told us that we were driving it to aggessively and to use the manual mode. I thought I was buying an auto not a manual. The brakes are also very sharp the slightest dab and you’re on the windscreen. A new front tyre had to be bought last week as it was worn out in 6500 miles. We feel lumbered with a car we both hate on Toyota PCP contract that will end up costing money to get out of, hence we still have the heap of rubbish.
Submitted: 2008-09-17 | ID: 1902
We have had car 28months , and done 15,000 miles. Gearbox is only any good if you learn to use the manual mode. I have found when setting of from cold there is a tendency for a little clutch judder but disappears when warm. The smoothest way to drive car is to start off on the automatic mode and use this for the change to 2nd, then push gear lever onto manual mode for all other gears. When changing gear on manual mode always ease off on throttle as you change and changers are then very quick and smooth. In traffic up to 10 miles per hour very tricky to keep it smooth, it would be far better if change into second was at 5 to 6 miles per hour not 10 to 11. Petrol consumption is averaging 53 to gallon, but we do go 5 miles before hitting traffic into Harrogate. Engine is quite powerful, but on motorways speeds over 60 soon hit petrol consumption and this will drop down to 45. Height adjustment on the drivers seat is good but legroom is very restricted for tall drivers, therefore tall driver has to lower the height adjustment so that seat moves away from wheel, which defeats object of height adjustment for taller drivers who like an upright driving position, as even on highest setting the headroom is good. Plenty of room in car and rear seat arrangement is clever. Local Toyota dealer in Knaresborough is good, servicing reasonable particularly if you take out service plan. Extended warranty available after 3 years and this is reasonable cost and probably worth taking out as mmt is suspect. Insurance is group 4 and costs 160 pounds on full ncb with LV. All in all not a bad car, but not a patch on my Mitsubishi 1.8 Spacestar, which has a 100,000 miles on it, and still averages 49 mpg for a petrol engine. It’s just unfortunate that these have gone out of production.
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Great review Martin. Saw and was thinking about an old automatic Yaris for around £1300 advertised - with around 100,000 miles on it. Need a cheap automatic runaround that’s unlikely to cost me £2000 in work on the gearbox or some other fault... that is reliable... yet delivers 35mpg plus around town... since my Ford Galaxy 1.9TDi’s semi autobox went at 49,000 miles and the automatic transmission reconditioners - with good reviews wanted £1800 to recondition it. Was your Mitsubishi Spacestar a reliable automatic? I was wondering what an automatic Spacestar does mpg? Anyone know of something giving 35mpg plus around town, that is reliable, and with a reliable automatic gearbox, and available at up to £1500? Been running round in a 1997 Toyota Corolla 1.3 automatic (67,000 miles) - that’s doing less than 20mpg whereas the 1991 Galaxy (110,000 miles) did 35mpg for the same journeys around town. Most of these automatic Yaris’s seem to have gearbox problems before they’ve done 70,000 miles... is that the case? And anyone whose had a reconditioned automatic gearboxes work well for over 50,000 miles... would be interested who reconditioned it and the price - Paul Kay from London
Submitted: 2008-08-26 | ID: 1820
I love my little Yaris- it has been brilliant. My daughter loves it too and my mother-in-law bought one after she drove mine, but she got the automatic. A brilliant, funky little car. Silver ones are the best!!!!!
Submitted: 2008-08-06 | ID: 1752
I have had endless problems with my Toyota Yaris 1.0 gearbox clutch. In and out of the dealership claiming nothing was wrong - it was me and the way I drove it!!! Field Service Engineer told me that no other Yaris was like mine and they were not prepared to do any more for me. DREADFUL - I even got a second opinion from an independent person and the inability of the car to get into first, second and reverse gear happened to him - still TOYOTA would not listen - I have now bought a Ford Fiesta - I cannot believe the difference.
Submitted: 2008-07-21 | ID: 1689
As a driving instructor I find the Yaris MMT a good automatic car to teach in. It’s comfortable, with plenty of space and visibility is very good. In Easy mode the car is quick through the gears and possibly ’greener’ than the manual version. It has manual mode to give control over gears on hills or poor weather and has kickdown to drop gears in easy mode. There is no creep function but that’s why there’s a gas pedal and handbrake. I like it.
Submitted: 2008-07-11 | ID: 1655
Terrible car - bought on the recommendation of BBC’s Top Gear. Loads has gone wrong.
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Why would you buy a car purely on recommendation? - Rob from England
Submitted: 2008-06-25 | ID: 1598
I bought a two year old Yaris from a dealer, I thought after two month I could hear a noise coming from the passenger side of the car which i thought was a wheel bearing, I went back to the garage but as usual they could hear nothing, This noise started to get worse so I got a second opinion, I was told the noise was either coming from the wheel bearing or it could be the gear box, I went back to the dealer once more, they went for a test drive on there return I was told it was possibly the gear box. Luckily enough I had the most of a year left on the warranty so i got a new gear box fitted, I was told after that this was quite common in the Yaris, lucky for me I still had that warranty.
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What gearbox did you have, manual or auto? Why is it common for the gearboxes to be replaced? - Jack Collins from England
Submitted: 2008-06-03 | ID: 1518
I purchased a Yaris SR in January from a local Toyota wholly-owned dealership. Sadly, I had major clutch judder problems, the dealer was basically not interested - response... "we are not aware of any clutch judder problems with the Yaris" - which of course was not quite true why else would Toyota develop a modified clutch? Whilst waiting for my vehicle to be tested I spoke to another customer who owned a Yaris and who insisted not to be fobbed off, he had an older Yaris and also had major issues with clutch judder. Eventually problem worsened and despite the dealer telling me that the car was tested by 4 technicians who could not find a fault I insisted and went out with a technician who agreed a problem did actually exist. Since the clutch has been replaced I now have problems engaging reverse, 1st, 2nd & 3rd gears and also have problems coming down box. Dealer once again assured me that no gearbox problems could be identified and any notchyness or imprecision would ease with use? Sadly, a month on and no improvement. Car has been returned four/five times now and recently the dealership hinted that, yes, the gearbox did not perform as per manufacturer’s specifications, in short, much crunching and grinding was experienced. I received a phone call to inform me that gearbox had been replaced. However, I still continued to have problems with reverse 1st, 2nd & 3rd gear then the bombshell! The gearbox fitted was not brand new from the factory when vehicle was returned they said that they had driven both cars. The "donor car", a used registered forecourt vehicle which the gearbox was swapped from and my vehicle drove better?? and assured me any residual problems would ease with use. Appreciate anyones help/advice.
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I’ve just purchased an 08 Yaris and have a problem getting 1st, 2nd and reverse when it’s cold - Raymond John from Caerphilly
Submitted: 2008-05-28 | ID: 1505
I have previously owned two automatic Toyota Yaris’ and adored them. Just bought a new one which has the MMT - it is possibly the worst car I have ever driven. It is like driving with a kangaroo in the engine, jumpy, erratic and just downright awful. Also has the most horrific roll back, even on a slight incline. On calling my dealer to complain (I have had it 3 weeks) I got the distinct impression he wasn’t surprised to hear from me. The battle shall now commence for me to return it. Seriously, do not touch the MMT model if you are looking for an automatic car.
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Hi, I have a new Sep 2010 Yaris mmt and have the same problem. Kangaroo petrol!! and roll back. Also, indicators that will not cancel. I am told this is a quirk of this car!! This car is going back to the dealer next week but I do not think they will do anything to help me. I just wish I had not changed from my usual Honda - Jeanne Hammond from England
Hi, an update on my dealers visit - roll back normal! Indicators not cancelling usual for this car!! Kangaroo petrol - just the brakes are not very sensitive, nothing can be done so I am stuck with it!! Jeanne Hammond from England
Submitted: 2008-05-22 | ID: 1487
Truly awful, badly built, cheap materials and downright nasty to drive. Noisy at just about any speed, ponderous handling and nausea-inducing ride. Interior seems reasonable in the showroom but in reality is very badly thought out. Garish dashboard out of normal sight lines. Boot poor, even with sliding seats, huge gap in floor with seats slid forward is crazy. Poorly presented on delivery, numerous items missing or inoperative. Total inability and disinterest of uncaring dealers in resolving any issues. They've got your money so why other offering any help? Toyota sent me vouchers worth £100 for each friend or relative I recommended to them. I can't think of anyone I dislike that much.
Submitted: 2008-05-12 | ID: 1444
I’ve just bought a brand spanking new Yaris and I LOVE IT!! This is the first time I’ve bought new and I just fell for the Yaris as soon as I saw it. It’s a funky looking car with a very spacious and comfortable interior and it’s just so much fun to drive. Brilliantly affordable car that’s cheap to run and looks gorgous. 5 out of 5!!
Submitted: 2008-04-14 | ID: 1277
The Yaris Zinc MMT is fine as long as you can avoid hills, otherwise the car in front is a tractor. It attempts to climb the hill in fifth gear with traffic building up behind you, going slower and slower until at about 23 mph it changes into fourth but then the battle is lost. It`s speed is down to 15 m.p.h and you have to pull over to let to let other vechicles past. So, if you see a Yaris struggling up a bank it is in M.M T. mode so try not to shake your fist and blast your horn.
Submitted: 2007-10-29 | ID: 435
I love my Yaris! A car driven mainly by old people and girls, not really for boy racers!!! Never had a problem with it, except wishing sometimes it had 6 gears! (Takes a while to stop roaring on the Motorway!) Would definitley have another Yaris in the future!
Submitted: 2007-10-29 | ID: 429
I sadly sold my Yaris Colour Collection MK 1 and bought a Yaris Zinc MMT gearbox model. What a mistake! When driving round the local areas I dread hills as it always tries to get into to high a gear and then drops to 1st and ends up screaming like a boy racer before jumping to second then when its over the hill it refuses to change into 3rd etc, until either I change it manually or the speed is over 45Mph! Don’t touch a MMT geared car they are rubbish. Babbs.
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The diesel does not do this because of the torque it has - Steve Den from England
Submitted: 2007-10-15 | ID: 290
This is a really good solid car. Never had a single hitch and very economical to run. Excellent car.
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I bought my Yaris last June. After one year, I can honestly say it was a really good buy. The gas consumption is excellent. Not too good on really steep hills but once you are a good driver, it will not be much of a challenge. Even my husband is considering going the Toyota way - Eleanor Peters-Clarke from Trinidad and Tobago
Submitted: 2007-09-05 | ID: 164
Hybrid - With the third-generation Yaris having been designed from the outset to be either petrol-, diesel- or hybrid-powered, the new Hybrid version now joins the existing models to become the new Yaris range-topper and first full hybrid supermini. Despite being powered by two motors and a big battery, inte [...]
The first-generation Yaris of a decade ago was a cute little car with slightly oddball styling and novel, digital instrumentation deeply recessed into the centre of the dash. The second-gen model was a little bigger and more suave, and now comes the third; slightly larger again and even better equip [...]
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