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i purchased a 1.5 t sport model of this vehicle in november 2008 this model is a 3 door . its fully loaded has electric windows. central locking,manual sunroof, cd player and changer. built in sat nav, the sat nav and the cd changer are optional extras in this vehicle. i still drive it now, its cheap to run, i find road tax is around 180 pounds a year , insurance around 500 a year. if i drive it without pushing i can get 40 mpg easily. if i drive it a little harder its around 30-35 mpg which for a 1.5 engine i find is quite good. in terms of maintenence ive had to replace a couple of tyres and the brake pads had to be changed once. it drives very smoothly and handles well considering its a small car. my only bugbears really are that firstly it is meant to seat 4 people and to be honest very few people would be comfortable in the back theres just not the space.the 5 door model of the yaris has a bit more room. second boot space is very limited even with the spacesaver wheel there is very little room to put anything.
In terms of mechanics and possible repairs needed to this vehicle ,the older generation up to 2005 tend to suffer an oil leak from the timing chain covers and the anti roll bar end bushes will need replacing at some point too. other than those 2 items very little will need spending on this vehicle other than wear and tear items like tyres/wipers
the car drives very smoothly and has low levels of road noise. they do tend to have annoying rattles from the dash area.And i find for a 1.5 engine in such a small vehicle i would expect it to have a little more grunt
This is a good car that will cost little in repairs and is cheap to run, its also very reliable, it wont set the world on fire in terms of performance. But if you are seeking a cheap reliable car the yaris is definately worth looking at
Anyway have had the Yaris TS for a couple of years, I had it for my first car. With the hours I spent at Tesco working through my A-Levels I wasn't going to settle for a 1.1 like my (soon to be envious) friends.
Anyway I had my eye on one of these for a while, and when I finally found one I wasn't disappointed! I had to travel a couple of hundred miles to find one, as they aren't common cars. I guess this is because they were pricey when new. I had driven my parent's Yaris 1.0 S, and this is an entirely different kettle of fish to that!
Looks - This looks nothing like a standard Yaris, the bodykit, spoiler and sideskirts coupled with the lowered suspension and 15" alloys immediately set this aside from the rest. I love the way it looks, especially in the Thunder Grey which I have. It has a gold flake undercoat, so in the direct sunlight it turns a Bronze Colour. Amazingly, this car does turn heads, as many people haven't seen them on the road.
Interior - Again, very different to the base spec Yaris. The sports seats, cloth inserts in the door, leather steering wheel, carbon fibre inserts and proper speedo (not a digital one) set it apart like chalk and cheese. If we look at the interior against other rivals in the class such as Saxo VTR, Fiesta Zetec S, Polo GTi, 106GTi, many of which I looked around while deciding what to buy, the others don't even come close. One point is that the interior rattles a fair bit, especially on bumpy roads, partially due to the hardness of the ride.
Performance/Handling - Now the ride is very hard, this, in my eyes, is a good thing and because of this is has very good handling, and corners flat at reasonably high speeds. Be warned though, if a hard sporty ride isn't your thing think twice, and make sure you take one over some speed bumps and rough country roads before you hand over that cash! As for the performance, okay it's not super car, but it's very good and unbelievable for a 1.5. Many BMW's (the usual suspects preying on a Yaris or the like) have been left behind from a rolling start of 30-40 off a roundabout onto a dual carriageway. Much to my smugness. I'll just mention that because it has a short shift gear box, the acceleration is great, but really needs a 6th gear. Once you get on the motorway at 70-80 you find the revs start to get very high! I'll just add to this section that the exhaust really makes a nice noise once the engine is warmed up!
Reliability - These are generally considered exceptionally reliable. However I didn't find this the case. All was well until one day my gearbox starts making odd noises... Next minute I'm handing over 800 quid for a new clutch, new bearings, new 5th gear. This came at around 68K on the clock, I had owned the car from 62K. Apparently the gearboxes never go, as it has a stronger box than the normal, I was very unlucky I feel, having said that I don't know how the previous owner treated it.
Practicality - The rear seats don't have a huge amount of space, as I have my seat right back, but they manage okay if they don't have a choice. The boot isn't huge, but the rear seats can slide forwards which is a nice touch. Toyota's service and MOT is relatively cheap compared to most companies. It's a great first car, but be warned I was a huge sum for insurance, so be sure to check out your premium if you're a young driver! The MPG of course depends how you drive it. I you're exceptionally careful you can get 45 out of it, but normal day to day expect 38ish.
In summary I'm very impressed and would buy again, this I was just unlucky on the gearbox front. Don't let this put you off! It's a fantastic car, and you won't be disappointed.
EDIT: I'll just add, I think someone said there's no pet alarm function. If you press the Lock once it's alarmed fully, press twice it's alarmed fully and deadlocked, press 3 times (the indicators stay on longer) and the interior sensors are switched off!