Best car I ever owned!
The original tires were only good for about 50,000km. The replacement tires lasted twice that long.
I had a noisy wheel bearing at 126,000. The Toyota dealer told me it was my tires, so I had it fixed elsewhere.
The brake pads were replaced once, then all brakes were redone at 162,000. I did that myself.
Most maintenance was done by the Toyota dealer.
Overall, I could not have asked for better reliability.
My fuel mileage averaged almost exactly 40mpg (UK gallons) over the time I had it.
I towed a 4X8 utility trailer, which I used for home use.
I had a roof rack I used for canoes and a rooftop cargo box I used occasionally for extra cargo space.
In the winter I carried chains, and they came in handy a few times.
It served as a multipurpose vehicle for me. It was very economical and very reliable. I really could not have asked more from it.
It was written off when someone rear ended me at a stoplight. It was not badly damaged, but with the cost of repairs, the age and the mileage, it was not considered worth fixing. The insurance company paid me out for the car.
At the point of write off there were no outstanding issues. The car was running like new and showing very little aging. The interior was still nice and the paint was holding up well.
It never had any squeaks or rattles, ever.
I bought the car originally from a car rental company. When it was written off, I went back to the same company and bought a 2009 Mazda 3 sedan. I bought the Mazda because it is a more sporty handling car, and it came in RED.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th April, 2011