Toyota VIOS Reviews from Indonesia

2004 Toyota VIOS G type 1.5 petrol

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

The most reliable and economical car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with my Toyota. Since it was used as a taxi, the feel is different from if you are seated in a car you bought brand new.

General Comments:

The car is very quick, but very economical. I can hardly believe that the small car is very powerful in terms of speed, although it uses a very small amount of gas.

I don't need a comfortable car, since I am living in a busy capital city where I need a very reliable car. It has to be tough, considering the long hours of traffic jams that I have to endure almost everyday. But the car is still running well with reasonably cold air conditioning.

What I have to do is just check the oil and the water radiator once every three days. The car never let me down in the extremely hot days or in heavy rainy days. I also can easily park the car in a crowded parking lots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2011

2008 Toyota VIOS

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi L200

Summary:

A transportation car, do not expect too much

Faults:

Paint scratches, minor, bumped a motorcycle.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

My main complaints are the stability and car aerodynamics. The engine is powerful enough, yet the suspension can not compensate the body roll. Very hard to take bumpy roads, especially on winding roads, extremely hard to take full control. Stability is the main issue.

The control panel, placed in centre of dashboard might be intriguing, but is not very effective.

Anyway, as transportation from A to B, this car might be very handy, especially in the jammed traffic of Jakarta. Amazing mpg also.

Interior is a bit too much of plastic look, not so comfortable seating, very small legroom for rear passengers and some of the upholstery is easily worn out. But all is minor.

And I am only doing scheduled maintenance as directed, no plans to improve it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th August, 2009

2003 Toyota VIOS 1.5 G 1.5 gasoline VVT-i

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 gasoline VVT-i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance13000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Starlet

Summary:

As good as it gets

Faults:

Nothing, it's one year old car.

Hope it will have no problem at all.

General Comments:

Toyota advertised VIOS featuring Britney Spears "It's Everything".

For me "It's almost everything".

One of the best looking small sedan. This top of the line 1.5 G comes loaded with ABS with EBD, digital instruments, fog lamps, 15 inch alloy, and others. Nice interior with firm and comfortable seats, but without seat height adjustable. Unlike Thai and Singapore-spec, the VIOS for Indonesia doesn't come with SRS Airbag.

You get what you pay, this Thai-built Toyota offers best value in the nice packaging.

The VIOS might be called a scaled down Corolla Altis or a baby Camry, with, but I wish it comes with "Celica-feel" steering & handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2004

26th Jan 2005, 10:53

I have recently bought a brand new 1.5 Vios. So far, so good. I am happy about it. I hope it will live up to what it claims to be.

18th May 2005, 23:12

I just got my new Vios 1.5 G, so pretty happy with the exterior look, and good handling. Good pick up power, but I found the water licking at the bottom, maybe the aircond is too cold.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews