2004 Toyota VIOS E 1.5 1NZ-FE

Summary:

Well balanced in between reliability, performance, economy and ride comfort

Faults:

- Need to repaint it due to it being an old car.

- Moderate fuel consumption, 13.5km/l for mixed town and highway. Cruising at less than 3,000 RPM will save more fuel for the VVT-i engine. The max I can get is 16.2km/l.

- The engine is slightly noisy when at more than 130 km/h.

- Seats are not as comfortable if compared to a Nissan Sentra 1.6SG.

- Rear lamp rubber seal is not strong, easily stores water even after the original was replaced. You need to drill a tiny hole to allow water to leak out when there's heavy rain.

- Yellowish front lamps, which happens to all the same class models.

- Narrow rear passenger legroom, no choice, it was a compact sedan.

- UMW Toyota service center charges are scary, too expensive.

General Comments:

I acquired the car recently, an 11 year old car. All original genuine parts, non-modified from first driving until sold. It was a 1.5E with single airbag, front disc brakes and 14-inch alloy rims only.

- Chassis code NCP42, 1497cc, 1NZ-FE, DOHC, 16V, VVT-i.

- Very good acceleration, max speed up to 170km/h, all stock original, non-modified.

- Good noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) level.

- Equipped with a good 4-speaker audio system.

- Simple and stylish, well built compact sedan.

- Good balance between ride and handling with driving comfort.

- Low maintenance, less problematic electronics and reliable mechanical parts.

- Mechanical throttling system using a throttle cable.

- Proven reliable, so far no big issues, wear & tear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2015

2007 Toyota VIOS S 1.5

Summary:

Very good car for people on a budget, but slightly below Toyota standards

Faults:

- The side window is always making vibrating noises.

- Engine can be noisy at 120 km/h.

- Not as good fuel economy as claimed by the fans.. about 13km/l for mix town and highway.. and I am a very light-footed person, mind you..

- Seats are not very comfortable. No lumbar support..

- Don't go to a Toyota service center as they are a bunch of arrogant nincompoops.

General Comments:

- Pretty good acceleration on the highway..

- Good sound system and love the steering wheel control.

- Darn good looking car. Spacious and well designed.

-Love the reverse sensor as it is fast and accurate..

-handles good for a Japanese car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2009

2006 Toyota VIOS G 1.5

Summary:

Good

Faults:

Recently there was a callback for faulty immobiliser.

Everything is fine, but I feel the fuel consumption is on the higher side for car of this size. I am only getting around 10km/lit. I used to get 15 to 17km/lit on my previous Civic.

General Comments:

Reasonably good performance and a bit nippy.

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

Review Date: 7th November, 2006

2006 Toyota VIOS Altis 1.8L

Summary:

I give a thumbs up!!

Faults:

1. Noise filtering is poor

2. Gear change when ramping up at slope is slow

3. Steep cornering feels like throwing out (may be due to the height of car)

General Comments:

This is a very good car. Very stable on highway. Good runner on highway, but not on hill climbing. The interior design is very nice and classy.

It has almost all the gadgets that Camry 2.4.

My top speed over 195km/h on the highway. After couple of race at such speed, I can still feel that the car engine is still good. Toyota is the 2nd largest car maker in the world. I am confident Toyota will become the world largest car maker in the world in years to come. Their model range can meet most level of class, be it lower class like VIOS, still meet the same high standard. This is the reason why Toyota can be such successful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2006

8th Mar 2007, 03:18

Over 195 KM/H...are you sure yours is a VIOs???

26th May 2007, 11:43

I think this review is about Toyota Altis, not Vios. Note that the engine capacity is 1.8 L. That's Altis.

17th Jul 2007, 07:04

Had this car for over a year now. Strangely, but occasionally there is an "irritating noise" coming from under the engine bonnet every morning after start-up. Local mechanics were unable to solve the problem. So this nagging issue remains with the car every now and then... sigh. I hope this is the last of the problem. Otherwise I would have to get rid of the car. Other than that, it handles much like an average car of this category, though not all that great either.