Toyota Yaris (1999 - 2005)

4

T3

reviewed by Anonymous on 30 July 2019
4
Overall rating
4
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
5
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
4
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the dealership
5
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Perfect for its age, unbelievable value and fun to drive.

I bought this car with over 105,000 miles on the clock,and being the 12th owner, I didn't have a lot of hope that it would live long. It outsurpassed every expectation, driving reliably and strongly even as I pushed it on long distance drives. It did great around town although you would expect the clutch to wear down it never failed nor showed any signs of doing so. Being a cheap, small car, I have wrenched it through many burn offs, hard corners and many happy days of abuse. All this is completely contrary to what the bodywork emanates- it is riddled with rust, badly patched rear wheel arches, and a virtual lattice of scars, dents and chips. However, this is no bother to me, especially being that with all the many praises of this car, its looks have never been its selling point and in fact is one of the ugliest cars I have ever seen.
But this car is OK with being a workers boot, and personally, I find it all the more endearing for it.
Its interior is cleverly designed with cubby holes, shelves, and pockets in all the right places. its comfortable for its class, and even in the back there were no complaints. The steering wheel, pedals, and gearstick are in perfect position, although anyone above 6 foot would begin to feel quite closed in. All the other knobs and buttons are practically placed and easy to use while driving.
The gearbox is a joy, as are the clutch, braking and steering.
The problems I had with this car are basic and simple to repair.
First off, as with any old car, the battery is long defunct and I'm in the process of replacing it.
Second- and this is a common problem with all Yaris' of similar age- the handbrake is only effective when pulled almost to its max, a problem I found out very quickly on my first day of parking it, as it nosed itself into the adjacent car. So, after assessing the reality and using basic logic, I simply rip that handbrake up in any and every situation.
Two more problems that again are far from being serious:
One, the exhaust shield has become slightly loose, adding a constant rattle to the characterful burble of the engine. Two, the exhaust has rusted to the point where a small hole has appeared on the tailpipe. This adds a rorty warble to the already lively mix.
In a nutshell, a brilliant car that is vastly forgiving- even when its chirpy side is copiously exploited.

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