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      08.10.2011 14:30
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      Great little runner

      Recently I needed a new car and fast. My old car failed the MOT and would cost way more to fix than it was worth so time to look for a new car. I was looking for something reliable, cheap to run and with some style. After much research and asking of friends opinions I decided a Yaris was top of my list. And in time I found the perfect deal.

      I now have a 1.3, 2004 Toyota Yaris Blue. It has everything you would expect from this age of car, ABS, Power steering, twin airbags, remote central locking CD player and my edition has a upgraded interior from the basic Yaris of this age. Downsizing from a 1.6 Astra I was worried that the smaller engine and car wouldn't have the power I wanted, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the power of this little care both on long motorway stretches and hilly terrain.

      It's a great drive, though obviously a little different to the Astra, it didn't take too long to get used to. In the back it has a fairly comfortable seat for passengers which has three proper seatbelts rather than just a lap one in the middle. The back seat can slide forward and back to make the boot bigger and can be totally folded over flat (though I have struggled with this) to give you lots of room to transport things.

      It has been more economical and I have seen my petrol costs, tax and insurance go down. I got the car in very good condition and was happy with the bargain price of £2750 I paid from a local trader - It should have been a lot more but he was having a bit of a clear out.

      So would I consider a Yaris again - Oh yes I would!

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        13.08.2011 14:40

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        great car, lovely to drive

        I bought a Toyota Yaris as my first car. I wanted a car with a small engine size which is a low insurance group so I would get cheaper car insurance. I am a young driver so insurance costs too much anyway.
        I have a 1.0, 3 door deep blue toyota yaris that is an 08 registration plate so is not the new style that is coming out, it is the style before that. I love the design of the car and it isn't the typical young person car.

        It drives perfectly and the car runs so smoothly. The only problem I find with it is that, being a small engine size, there sin't much power in certain gears at certain speeds. I find I need to lower the gear quite often to get the power to move the car.

        The air conditioning works wonderfully, it starts to cool the car down within seconds. The radio doesn't have many stations that can be programmed into the car, you can only have three stations programmed in but if there are certain ones you listen to, it doesn't seem to be too much of a problem.

        The inside of the car has a great finish to it and there is plenty on space inside even though it is a 3 door car. There is a lot space in the back of the car even with the seats half way back. The boot size is poor though, you can't fit much into it. I normally end up using the back of the car to put shopping or things in as not much fits into the boot.

        I really recommend this car to anyone who wants a small run around. It is suitable for any age really but mostly suitable for a first car or for a couple without any children that just need a small car to get around in.

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        09.06.2011 11:01

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        Overall it is a okay car and I recommend buying it

        The Toyota Yaris is an amazing car in general, it is very fuel efficient, and a very good looking car. It is kind of like tardis it looks small on the outside but is a lot bigger on the inside. I really like this car because it is very comfortable and it is also very attractive. It is amazing to handle, but what i do not like about it is that the clutch on it is very sticky, unfortunately this is what it is like for nearly all the yaris cars, i have yet to meet one that does not suffer from this problem. The exhaust is very loud but that can be overcome by putting the amazing radio on full blast. The CD player is very crap and it doesn't play most of the CDs I have brought, even though they are not copies. Overall this is a "okayish" car and I recommend buying it.

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        27.02.2011 12:31

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        Having owned Toyota Yaris makes my dream come true. Buying this car for secondhand but still in good condition. i love this car. I like small cars and the Yaris is my choice. In the rain or hot weather you can count on it. also when i got traffic jam i still fill comfort in my yaris. Good handling, easy to ride and fuel efficient. i love it!!

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        24.01.2011 19:20
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        Not the sleekest, but for reliability its up there with the supercars!

        I have owned this car for coming up to four years and it has never let me down. While not the 'sleekest' or flashy of automobiles, it does what it says on the manual - it gets you from A to B. There is adequate storage space in the boot, where we have often managed to get two to three standard suitcases within the space, though sometimes you are hard pushed to get three fully grown adults in the back seats! Driving the car is a comfortable experience, and in fact my partner first learnt to drive in a Yaris and she found it much easier to operate than the car she used for her driving lessons. Given the size of the engine it is perhaps not surprising that it also doesn't cost too much to run in terms of petrol, and due to its reliability, little expense has been spent on repairs. The one downside to this car (which may seem rather trivial but in fact is actually very annoying), is the inability of the front seat to return to its original position when you have to move it to get someone in the back, and so you have to spend five minutes each time trying to get it back to your preferred position. The inbuilt radio also struggles to pick up many radio stations and so CDs are a must if planning a long journey!

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        02.10.2010 16:34
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        A fun drive

        A review for my little Toyota Yaris 1.0 VVT-i

        The Toyota Yaris fit the bill for what I wanted from a car. I am not an expert on car techno stuff but can tell you how I feel about it as a female owner/driver.

        This car, importantly, is reliable apart from the usual gripes that all cars begin to get as they get older, this is a 54 reg and still looks in very good shape. Still pretty shiny and I haven't noticed any rust - Toyota said that if any rust appears in certain locations it is guaranteed for life but up to now I see nothing.

        The Yaris is pretty economical given the current fuel prices, when petrol was lower it was very economical, now £20 gets me about half a tank where it used to get me more than three quarters.

        This little car is great for small town journeys, it is very easy to park and I have good visibility out of the rear window, all around is good visibility.

        The car has really surprised me, it is pretty nippy and especially uphills! I am very impressed really. It is just right for me and handles busy roundabouts very well, I feel safe and reassured that the car will respond with good speed when I want it to. Always a good thing with a busy roundabout.

        The car is small so pretty easy to keep clean on outside and inside. The tyres are not too expensive to replace and the insurance and road tax are in the lower category too, which is a great bonus for me.

        The car reminds me of a tardis inside, because from the outside it looks like a small car but everyone comments when they sit inside in the passenger seat about how much room there actually is compared to other small cars.

        The gear box is okay, I don't find it as easy as a Ford gearbox but it certainly isn't one of the most tricky that I have tried. It is okay, all is smooth apart from the reverse sometimes is difficult to get in.

        Steering is power assisted so need I say more...small car...power steering...much easier parking! hooray!

        The speedometre is digital and the dashboard has plastic dials etc for heat and cool air, fans and demister etc...pretty basic but all that you need really and easy to use. There is a radio in this model but no CD player.

        This model has manual locking and windows. I just have to keep remembering to lock the doors and boot...I can forget easily! Oops.

        I don't think there is anything else to say really. The Yaris is a great, little car, pretty economical, pretty nippy and fun to drive.

        I am very happy with it.

        Thanks for reading.

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          29.09.2010 23:23

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          A good budget family car

          The Toyota Yaris is a cheap and very reliable car that you count on if your looking for car that costs £6000 or more. Depending on what model of Yaris you have got you will have different extras on your Yaris (e.g. Sat Nav or alloy wheels). However, the basic Yaris is just as good as any of the high range models. The engine in the basic model, a 998cc engine, is very reliable and will most likely only raise the bonnet to change the oil and water for your car. The drive is pretty much standard for any other cars in it's class. Depending on whether or not you get the 3 door or 5 door model, there is enough leg room in the back of the car for most adults. The only downside of the car would be the boot space. The boot space is pretty small even with seats down. Overall the Yaris is a great budget car and a recommended first car for anyone and for small families.

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          06.09.2010 23:53
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          You won't regret buying one,

          If you are looking for a reliable small car that is good on fuel then the Yaris certainly fits the bill. Whilst not startling performance, the 1.3 vvti won't set the world on fire but will keep up fine with everyday traffic, the smaller engined ones will struggle to get up hills without dropping down a gear (or two). The engine is quiet and refined with the usual Toyota bullet proof reliability and can return over 60 MPG if the digital dash readout is to be believed. The latest models come with a 6 speed manual altough the older 5 speed manuals are every bit as good. No need to fear the automatic transmission either as again the Toyota reliability comes into play and they will go the distance with ease.
          Interior is spacious, exceptionally so on the now discontinued Verso model and whilst the usual Japanese slightly bland hard plastic and functional rather than stylish look to it is by no means offensive and is very well put together and no rattles considering how much hard plastic is used. Seats are comfortable and supportive and the boot space is good for a car this size.

          The Yaris Verso is a favourite with older drivers as it is very easy to get in and out of due to it's increased height and it's only flaw is that it is not very good in a crosswind, the light weight and high sides mean it is a struggle to keep under control in high winds, the standard Yaris does not suffer from this, just the Verso.

          Toyota owners tend to be sensible carefull drivers in the main so picking up a good used Yaris is not the usual lottery, my best advice would be to always go for the ones that are made in Japan, some were assembed in the UK and some in France but I have driven all manner of Toyotas over the years and it's been my experience that the ones made in Japan never give any trouble where the others suffer from niggley problems, with the Japanese cars you are far less likely to get a 'Monday morning car'.
          In fact there is every chance you will forget what it's like to have to buy parts for a car, I've had mine 9 years and apart from normal servicing I've only ever put 2 tyres on it.
          Insurance is cheap - group 3-5, is also low on emmissions so tax is cheap as well.
          If you are looking for a small, reliable car then you have to check out Yaris

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          14.08.2010 20:06
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          Fantastic car, would definitely stick with brand and it also seems to hold its value

          Great car to drive. This car is my second car to drive. Compared to the Opel Corsa I was driving before it is very light but a very smooth comfy ride.

          Even at one litre it may not be the fastest but it packs a good punch. I have done 120km most days. At first though I couldnt go over 80 as I thought that it was going to flip! Once you get used to the feel of it, it is fine.

          I also travel with my two year old daughter so I have a chunky car seat in the back but it is still suprisingly spacious considering the size of the car. The buggy can be a bit of a squeeze if there is anything in the boot and it would be a bit awkward trying to carry a lot of luggage but it is possible to extend the boot space by moving the rear seat forward without tilting them. Yes this means less leg room but essential if you need to carry a lot of bags.

          Excellent at edging into tight car spaces, seems to fit like a glove where ever I end up. Would be nice if there was rear sensing lights though.

          Beautiful computer interface in the dash but I would like to see the petrol gauge changed to how many km I have left. It is shown as bars depending on how much fuel you have left. Although when you reach the last bar it starts to flash as if the car is going to stop moving any minute. Im sure you could go another 70km though! So this worries me whenever I see it.

          Cheap to run too and insurance and tax are also cheap due to the engine size. The seats can become stained easily and where I bought it the floor mats were not included. Did not realise until car was bought! Make sure you get these save yourself 20 quid.

          Even with the recall I would still highly recommend this car. If you want something cheap, small, and easy to drive then in my opinion you cannot go wrong with this model for the price. Also holds value better than similar hatchbacks.

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          09.08.2010 16:51
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          Overall, a pleasure to drive, if only I had that sixth gear!

          I have had my Yaris for almost two years now and I have to say, it's a pleasure to drive it. Of course, it is only my first car so I have nothing to compare it to (driving-wise) so I will try to keep this review as neutral as possible. I learnt to drive in a Peugoet 205 so I can refer back to that. The Yaris I have is a 1.3 litre, 5 door TR just for reference.

          As a new driver, I was daunted by the prospect of driving around the country lanes around where I live. Being in a remote town, it only made sense for me to learn to drive so I could have that independance and the Yaris gave me this. I didn't want a large car, and I definitely did not want a powerful one. Being a safe driver, I value my life over the thrill of driving fast or whatever else. Anyway, after my first drive in it, I was gaining confidence in my own driving in the Yaris. The pedals are evenly spaced which make for an easy reach and not much pressure is required on any of them for them to work.

          The gearbox is a standard one with five gears plus a reverse and it is easy to put the car into each gear, even the reverse one which I had a bit of trouble with in my instructor's 205.

          The design of the car is sleek and sophisticated and the legroom in the backseats is pretty decent for a small car.

          Inside the car, there are plenty of storage spaces. There is the typical glovebox, then under that is another compartment to open and close, on either side of the cd player there are also compartments. There is also one behind the steering wheel!

          Function-wise, the electronic dashboard is brilliant. The miles per hour is digitalised whereas in my mum's car, it's analogue which makes it a bit harder to see if you're actually going at 29 or 30 but in the Yaris, there is no problem determining this at all. You can change what is displayed, from an option of the time, miles left in the tank (according to miles per gallon, how much petrol is left, etc) amongst others. I usually have the time there. Under the rev counter is the number of miles done in the Yaris overall and to the left of the rev counter is the petrol gauge. The only gripe I have about the display is that it is in the centre of the dashboard which means frequent glances to it if I want to make sure I keep my speed steady in built up areas but I guess with more experience, those glances will decline.

          Filling the car up with petrol is also simple with a lever to the right of the driver's seat which pops the fuel door open. After you've done filling the petrol in, all you have to do is push the door back in and it's locked again.

          The boot of the car is small, but the backseats can be folded down to accomodate more shopping if necessary. The 'bottom' of the boot can also be opened to make it deeper, but as yet, I've not needed to do it. The Yaris can hold a weekly shop fine without the backseats down or the bottom opened.

          The only gripe I have with the car is that there is no sixth gear. I'm led to believe that the new Yaris' have this sixth gear though so this shouldn't be a problem if you acquire one of the newer Yaris' (mine was bought in October 2008 new). It is quite noisy when the speed reaches around 50 miles per hour, and with the national speed limit being 60 miles per hour, this can be quite uncomfortable. However, the sound is normally at a minimal at the other gears.

          Overall, this is a brilliant car for getting from A to B, however, I don't think it is quite built for regular motorway driving with sound it makes in fifth gear as it would drive me crazy! It is nippy and changing gear is easy with the design obviously well thought out.

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            08.08.2010 18:36
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            In comparison to other compact class cars, this is a relatively poor attempt by Toyota.

            I had the pleasure of an extended test drive in the Yaris while my Renault was in at a garage for repairs for some time. As the cars are comparable in terms of performance figures, size and class, I expected the significantly newer Yaris to be much better than my rapidly aging megane coupe.

            This, however, was not so. When I first got into the driver's seat, I was surprised by the cramped conditions. Although the car is of a compact class, the Nissan Micra is considerably more spacious inside. The driver's seat is perched high and the adjustment settings only allow you to bring the back of the seat down, making for an uncomfortable driving position.

            The driving itself was no better. The car felt severely underpowered despite being close on paper. The torque low down was virtually non-existant as planting your foot in first and second gear achieved nothing but a whimper from under the bonnet. The car was fine cruising along at 70, but getting there was a whole different story.

            Handling-wise, this was an even bigger disaster. because of the relatively narrow stance and thin wheels even for this car class, turning sharply always felt precarious as the car hopped around the bend.

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            26.07.2010 23:54
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            The Yaris is a perfect first car; reliable, cheap to fill and easy to accustom to. Easy!

            I upgraded to a Toyota Yaris (2002, 30,000 miles) nearly a year ago now, and it's one of the nicest cars I have ever driven.

            It takes some getting used to with the electronic dashboard in the middle of the car, but it's always a gentle drive, easy to balance the clutch with the revs so you don't end up over revving, and it's really easy to get used to.

            You can alter the seat up and down, as well as back and forth (which is helpful for us smaller people!), so you can get the perfect sitting position and drive in comfort - it's so relaxing, you forget how long you've been driving.

            I don't know the technical term for mileage and petrol use, but when I've filled it (and I mean filled it), the tank has lasted for months. I don't do many long drives, so the petrol decreases quicker on shorter journies, but it still manages to give a good haul.

            The only thing my car is missing is a CD player - I've got a tape deck which is a sign of its old age, but I've got one of those tape converter things to plug my iPod in, so I've managed to modernise it for £3.99! Easy!

            With electric windows, the choice of 3 or 5 door, air con, electric mirrors and a cheap runabout, it makes an excellent first car and it's a reliable little motor to get you through the first few years of driving until you become comfortable and safe on the roads - then you can upgrade to something with a bit more va-va-voom if you wanted! I went from a 0.8 litre to a 1 litre with this Yaris, and it gives me more than enough power because I've learnt how to manoeuvre in my little baby!

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              25.07.2010 11:46
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              A very reliable car that's easy and cheap to run

              I love my Yaris. I got it 6 years ago and it is 10 years old. Up to recently I have never had anything go wrong. It has always started. Lately the engine management system light has been going on and when I started it after 3 weeks away it started making a screaming noise so I'm taking it to the garage next week. I have 3 kids with eldest 11 and although it is tight, it still fits us all in. The boot space is good considering its overall size. The parcel shelf comes off to give even more space and the one of the seats goes flat. We're usually going to somewhere in town. It's so nippy and easy to park. It's very economical and finally when we did have this AA man come out he said it was one of the most reliable cars and that he hardly ever is called out to fix one.

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              10.05.2010 16:15
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              I really super car, ideal for first time car or anyoen in fact!

              After much deliberation I decided to purchase a Toyota Yaris a few months ago. It is a 05 plate black 1.3l colour collection model. I love it! I'm so pleased with my decision. I test drove a lot of different cars because it was the first car I was spending real money on. Although the Yaris is pricier that other cars out there I would definitely say that it's worth it. It's so smooth to drive with very little effort required at all.

              The interior is great. Mine has some red colouring inside which I love - it makes that little bit different. My model came with everything so the air con is bliss!

              The only thing I would say as a slight negative and that's that I don't always find it that easy to move the rear seats if I need to get something large in my boot (but that's probably just me). That said the boot space is deceivingly large. To look at it you'd never guess how much clothes and food I can get in to it!! With the rear seats sliding a long way forward it really is a good size boot for a small car.

              I'm finding it very efficient to run. I live in a city but do a lot of motorway driving. This is why I chose the slightly bigger engine I didn't feel like the 1l engine would cope with the amount of time I spend on the road. This engine has no problems! It's efficient in the city and in the country and it sits happily on the motorway at 80. In fact I had to keep an eye on it when I first started as I found myself creeping up the speedo without realising!

              I'm only 22 and have only had my licence for a few months so insurance was another factor in my decision and although there is no cheap option for me this was definitely one of the cheapest.

              If you want a reliable, safe, economic and lovely looking car I would highly recommend the Yaris!

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              26.01.2010 20:12

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              Highly recommended as a small, reliable and fairly inexpensive car

              As a first car after passing a driving test, would highly recommend the Toyota Yaris. It looks lovely, is very easy to handle with power steering, fuel efficient and reliable.

              The interior is comfortable and attractive, even on very long car journeys. CD player and radio aswell as electric windows come as standard and is of fairly good quality for a mid-priced car. For a hatchback there is lots of room in both the front and rear seats. There are lots of storage compartments too which is rare in most cars, all space is taken advantage of.

              The speedometer is great and in my opinion one of the best aspects of the toyota yaris. It lights up well for the driver to see the speed, revs and clock among other things, and is aesthetically pleasing and a lot easier to glance at than a regular speedometer.

              I have a 1 litre toyota yaris and it actually accelerates very well. Also easily runs at fast speeds whilst using little petrol! Being small it is easy to park!

              The only tiny draw back is that having a 3 door toyota yaris I have found that the front seats are difficult to pull forward to allow people to get to the rear seats which is a hassle.

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