Comfortable, stable on the road, low consumption, bland styling.
Clutch pedal got a slight free motion at the upper end of its path, fixed at dealer by strengthening some screws.
Gearbox (my hunch) developed a slight whistling under all gears, especially second, especially under acceleration or engine braking, but mostly all the time. 5-speed manual. Dealer says it's normal. I say they will suddenly "hear it" when the warranty runs out.
The engine runs smoothly, although startup is a bit slow.
Plastic cover on the underside of the side of the chassis (under the doors), on both sides, became unglued in places. I fear water will get in and corrode the metal. Dealer says not covered under warranty.
Plastic cover of the back left light assembly, in the trunk, is loose, probably from lifting the spare wheel cover too often (previous owner). Dealer says not covered under warranty.
One of the number plate illumination bulbs burned out, replaced it myself.
Goes great, until now. Consumption (outside) is about 5.5 liters/100km.
Seats are comfortable. I wanted seat covers, the dealer offered custom-made ones at 292 USD. What? Got some cheap universal seat covers, will buy new ones when these get dirty. The problem is, they don't fit in the back, especially the seat belt's lower connector is inaccessible.
Can't find winter wheels (steel). Will keep looking.
Stable in curves. Bad acceleration, but I watch the consumption anyway, not the 0-to-100 times.
If anyone knows about the whistling/crying gearbox issue, and how to fix it or get them fix it, please help me. The warranty expires this September and I read a new gearbox costs about 1000 USD. Of course, probably only some bearing is gone, but still. I suppose this can happen to any engine, actually less to a Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2007