2003 Toyota VIOS E 1.5 petrol from Sri Lanka


There is a bad smell when the RPM goes to 5000 or more. I don't know what the problem is.

General Comments:


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2020

2003 Toyota VIOS 1.5E 1.5 1NZ-FE vvt-i from Fiji Islands


Most economical car I have ever owned


Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far... this is actually a blessing with Fiji roads having potholes everywhere...

General Comments:

The car is a Singapore used import, and has leather seats and factory CD player.

There is a lot of headroom, haven't had the opportunity to sit in the rear seats, but the legroom at the back seems far better than the Tercel.

The looks of the car can deceive, as it can be quite quick if the throttle is pushed hard.

The instrument panel being located in the centre of the dash helps gives better driver visibility, and the driver can look at the gauges with a quick glance.

The fuel economy is better than anything I have ever owned, and previous cars include : Toyota Tercel, Toyota Corsa diesel, 2004 Pajero, 1994 Starlet GT, 1994 MR2 turbo, 1999 MR2 N/A, Toyota Carina 20v, Toyota Corona, 2004 Nissan Sunny, 80series Landcruiser, 70series SWB Landcruiser and the list keeps going...

If the Vios is driven properly, it would even give a Starlet GT turbo a run...

Generally a GREAT car, and I would surely recommend it to anybody who is looking for a practical every day use car..

As for buying another VIOS... HELL YEAH!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2010

14th Jan 2011, 11:10

I am a Toyota Vios 1.5 2003 owner, I love my car! I would love to know if there is someone who can give me info about certain parts of the Toyota Vios 1.5 2003 model please?

2003 Toyota VIOS E 1.3 from Philippines


A car for the gas-deprived times!


In the first month, the fuse of the head lamps blew for no reason at all. After several expensive trips to the dealer, I decided to buy non-Toyota fuses and the problem was fixed. Apparently, Toyota uses underrated fuses.

The passenger side tail lamp began to leak after six months of use. The dealer agreed to replace both due since this is a confirmed factory defect, but to date the dealer still does not have the tail lights in stock. The tail light accumulates water because of poor sealant on the lens. I have to vacuum the water out once a week for fear of further damage. There were other Vios cars at the dealer service that were there also, but for headlamp leaks.

The suspension makes funny tapping sounds at the rear when swerving on inclines i.e. parking ramps.

General Comments:

This is the most economical car I ever owned. I estimate fuel efficiency to be about 20km per liter.

The car is stylish and sporty enough that I wouldn't be embarrassed to drive around in it.

Power is ample enough even though it's a 1300. It's quick and reliable in tight squeezes. It handles as well as its bigger brother, the Corolla Altis.

It's a good daily driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2004

27th Sep 2004, 02:31

I bought a Toyota vios 1.5 Automatic after one month my headlight light bulb burst and it was found out that the fuse used in my car was damaged because toyota used defective fuse. thank you. Ricky Uy from Quezon City, Philippines.

11th Jun 2005, 22:29

Wrong fuel mileage.

My 1.3E has a mileage of 13km/L full city, and 16km/L full highway.

Hmm... I even wonder what's the fuel mileage of the 1.5G...

Honda City's 1.5V has a mileage of 14.2km/L, while the 1.3S has a mileage of 12km/L...

Maybe 15km/L+...

3rd Oct 2005, 23:22

I had my vios 1.3 since october 2003. I am very satisfied with its power and durability.

However, city driving fuel mileage is only 10 km/L.

26th Jun 2006, 17:13

If you do an analysis, which are the factors that contributing higher fuel consumptions?

1. 1st gear pickup, don't ramp the car too hard

2. Allow smooth gear shift, do not over paddle the fuel

3. reducing the number of brakes, this reduces the fuel consumption.

4. Of course, regularly send your car for periodical PM.

5. Tyre air pressure must be optimum.

Above are the most common tips for fuel savings.

One more tips to share with all Toyota fans, pump your petrol in the morning, you will get an extra mileage of 10% to 15%. Try this out and let me know. This savings can nearly offset the price hike of 30% few months ago. Reason is, at the afternoon, the heat will evaporate the petrol tank at the kiosk. This reduces the actual amount. Don't try to challenge me this technical gimmics, I am not studying chemistry.

Good luck...KL, SY.

24th Mar 2007, 00:05

I had just bought a 1.3 Vios two weeks ago. As I checked, my fuel consumption only goes as far as 14km/L… 90% of my driving is done on the expressway, so I guess this is as good as it can get. I heard from a mechanic at Toyota that the 1.5 Vios has better fuel economy… that’s just too bad for me. I wonder if it’s true?