My fathers Toyota Yaris 1.0L is now just over 3 years old and hence out of warranty. My father only drives about 4k miles a year. It's due for a service as its been a year (but only 4k miles) since the last one.
On such a low annual mileage is it worth servicing every 12 months /4k or would it make sense to service it every 24 months / 8k? The car will probably be kept until it falls to bits. What do the BR think?
We have a 44k miles Peugeot 106 diesel - 14 years old and mechanically nearly new.
Change engine oil and filter every year.
Change brake fluid every two years.
Check everything especially underneath every year ...
Clean leaves out of air filter every year.
Use long life antifreze or change every two years.
Change gearbox oil every 5 years.
Oil all locks and hinges twice a year: before and after winter.
With low mileages, corrosion is a problem: disks, and pipes. And locks stick.
1.0L Servicing on low annual mileage -
Get it serviced inc fluid changes every year - low mileage can be a big problem - under use is probably worse for a car than average use.
I have 2nd car now 9 yr old (owned by my from 2,000 mls for 8 yrs) with 45K on the clock - goes well - however sticking brake pistons, ineffective handbrake, corroded disks type problems require it to be looked at every year. Oil & filter changed annually, plugs & air filter every 2 years, brake fluid every 2 yrs (BF cost is minimal compared to a new ABS system if brake fluids are left unchanged)
It drives better and stops better after its service & MoT every September and worth the £150-£200 at my local Indie.
Big question this year is do I change the Timing Belt @ 10 yrs at a cost of £300-£400 (engine out job) or just leave it (non-interference engine!) Car is worth may be £1k-2K at best.
My gran has a Yaris 1.0 and was asking me and my dad where to get it serviced now that it was out of warranty, out of curiosity we suggested she ask the dealership how much for a service. They wanted £69 as it's covered by some form of special offer for older vehicles. Not worth going anywhere else really and certainly not worth leaving it to every 2 years.
My wife rang two dealerships for prices. One was £112, the other £114. She rang the £114 one and out of curiosity asked why they were more expensive than a neighbouring dealer, reponse was "we set our own prices, but I'll see if I can get a discount for you." Phone went quiet then a response that they would do it for £100 on a "while u wait" basis.
Looks are everything. In dark metallic blue, with optional alloy wheels, the Toyota Yaris Verso almost looks okay. In pale metallic gold, like the one I had, anyone under the age of 50 would have to be extremely thick-skinned to drive one.