2006 Toyota VIOS E 1.5 from Singapore
No Regrets so far
It's still new. If something is already wrong, I'll give Toyota a 0 score. Anything hot off the oven shouldn't be inedible because of defects.
My first servicing was about 2 weeks ago.
There shouldn't be anything wrong with it right now. Anyway I'm still monitoring...
Ultimately, I do not harbour high expectations on the car. It's supposed to be my workhorse, and also my entertainment.
Interior is sufficiently spacious, with plenty of pockets, nooks and crannies to keep little things here and there.
Noise insulation is good. Handles well. Good acceleration. Good cornering characteristics. Like the slightly higher driver sitting position. So that i can peer through the SUV in front of me for traffic conditions far ahead.
Initially, thought its weird to have a center-mounted instrument panel. But now I believe it to be most cool :-)
My model is a basic one with no frills and manual transmission. No modifications to tyres, body kits, or something like that. They add to rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag.
Believe it or not, it managed to get 15.5km/l for the first tank of gas. After the first servicing, it returned an average of 18.5km/l, with about 60% use on highway and 40% in other roads. If I find that after 5000kms my return on gas is still similar or better, I'd not think twice in having a second Vios (or equivalent) for my next car. Anyway, with air-con on 50% of the time.
Manual transmission is still the best. Raw power from the engine is transmitted to the road, without an auto-box trying to predict my driving pattern and road conditions. I don't lose that "in control" feeling. The fun begins when it enters a traffic jam...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th February, 2007
Hi, had second servicing. Now, it runs on synthetic engine oil with new oil filter. Agent said change the oil filter only after 10,000km but anyway, with the kind of mileage, it's fair to plow back the savings for slightly better maintenance to be even.
Mileage now about 7000km. Vios is an excellent machine. Mileage for +90% highway is +18km/ltr. (Aircon off 50%, otherwise low; Driver only + dog occasionally; intelligent driving)
Nothing wrong with car up till 7000km.
Just waxed 6 sections of the paintwork. Another 6 sections to go... this two weeks. Will update again.