26th Aug 2008, 19:38

I would like to say, Toyota Vios is great for value compared to the same level. I owned a toyota vios for 4 years. All I can say is, it is superb. It gives good acceleration and once it touches 4000rpm, you can feel the surge forward. If you are looking for those accessories like indicator on the side mirror, bigger rims which will rob your power, you are actually adding the manufacturing cost which will end up Toyota Vios selling at higher price.

Like I have said, if you are comparing BMW, or Camry to this little toyota, you are not qualified to give a comment. I own a celica now and I still feel Vios is a fun car to own. I never compare the performance of the vios with my celica. So, guys, please think twice before you make any judgement.

Another issue, engineers design and we are not. If you guys modify it and have complains over higher FC or slower acceleration, it is your own fault. Engineers does every calculation and test which give the best balance between power and fuel consumption. If you feel that you are better than the design engineers, then go ahead and mod your car, and do not forget to share with us your pain and regrets later.

23rd Sep 2008, 05:06


I'm from Sri Lanka.

My dad bought a Toyota Vios 1.5E (Manual) last October. It was imported from Singapore reconditioned, having done 68000 KM's. Now it's done 82000..

When we first got it, it was doing only about 9 km/l. Then I found out that the petrol stations weren't closing the fuel filler cap properly. So I started to make sure they lock it properly (e.g clicking noise), and then it started to do about 12km/l (Colombo running).

My father and I were very happy, but then we changed the fuel filter.. (which I think was a bad idea) cause now it does just about 10 km/l = (and its power has dropped quite significantly). When we first got it, it had a quite a good acceleration.. now it's just poor and very frustrating, specially when it comes to overtaking.. we drive it as economically as possible (shifting under 2000 rpm) but it still does about 10 km/l.. we also pump 95 octane petrol..

Can anyone tell me what to do?? I need it do way better on fuel and power.. please don't tell me about how other cars are better.. we bought this and this is good.. I just want some help on what I said.. thanks..

22nd Nov 2008, 07:43

Currently my Vios 2006 is giving me a problem where the car needs to crank twice (at least) to start the ignition. I have change the fuel pump & filter, service the throttle body, injector and change new original Toyota spark plug. The problem is still the same. My mechanic suggested to me to change the alarm immobilizer. Can't some one help me solve the problems? Thanks

24th Aug 2009, 00:54

I've got many problems with my 1.5 Vios.

Must replace 2 times the battery.

Replace two disc brakes with brake pads.

Sound from the rear suspension.

For me the service costs are very high compared to Korean and other Japanese cars.

25th Nov 2009, 09:19

Hi, I have been driving a Vios 2008 S Auto model for nearly 2 years now. The car does not give me any problem at all. The average fuel consumption is around 12km/l in the city driving, and on the highway it can give me around 16km/l. The Vios is great at handling. Big salute for that compared to the Waja I owned before this. A very good car overall.

30th Dec 2009, 23:57

Hi, I been driving my Toyota Vios for almost 4 months now. It's the new model. I can reach to the max of 200km/hr with no any modifications. The only thing is, the handling is kinda poor. But I guess an adjustable absorber and stabilizer bar (rear and front) will make it all good.

16th Mar 2010, 23:11

Hi, I am from Sri Lanka, and I bought 2003 S grade Vios recently. Initially it seemed like it was having higher fuel consumption than expected. I noticed that every time when the car is switched off (when parking) it resets the Over drive. The default setting of the VIOS is "Over drive on" and you cannot see any thing in the meters. Once I start every time, I have to use overdrive button to switch off "Over drive". Then it indicates "O/D off". Once running in "O/D" off status, the car runs in excellent; fuel economy and smoothness. If anyone does have experience like this, please share with us.

11th Feb 2011, 04:05

Where I come from, competitors of the Vios are likely the Honda City, Naza Forte, and Proton Inspira. Top 2 have proven reliability, last two are still pretty new.

For looks, I think the Proton Inspira and Naza have amongst the four, the better look. In fact the Vios has the least points there. But that's a matter of opinion.

The last 2 are C segment cars, bigger than the Vios, but with accessories only available in the Altis or Camry, but has the same price.

The last on the list has an extremely thin metal body and plastic interior, somewhat like a plastic toy.. and has the least points in terms of reliability and is untested. But it looks gorgeous on the outside.

The last 2 on the list also have the least fuel economy, however the Inspira has got more acceleration than the Naza.

The race is pretty close. I don't know...

28th Apr 2011, 03:51

Yeah, I agree with the floating feeling. When I drove it with my girl on the highway, it reached up to 175kph@4800rpm. I felt that it could go higher, but when I looked at her face leaning on my shoulder, I suddenly dropped and went to my normal cruising speed @ 140.

Mine is an 06 model 1.3e. It was a pure stock. I just put in an iridium type spark plug and 100 octane petrol, and it goes so fast. Also, the sound from the engine goes more gorgeous.

28th Apr 2011, 04:01

Call your manufacturer. Since it's almost brand new, let the professionals diagnose your precious ride. Mine is an 06 1.3e model.

6th Mar 2017, 18:20

Guys, I just bought a Toyota Vios 1.5 VVT 2003 model. My problem is it does not have a heater switch, only cold air, with blue bars, no red bars like other Toyotas. Does it mean it was made only for hot weather?? Please help.

17th Jan 2018, 19:35

Even mine does not have the heater button; is there a special way of turning on the heater? Please help.

19th Jan 2018, 09:25

No. It was built from the onset without the heater that is standard fitting for some other countries. It's a different assembly, with a heater core like a radiator inside the car behind the dashboard, and will have an air distributor box that has flaps to direct air to the floor and windscreen (or any combination of both). You cannot retrofit a heater into a Vios or any modern car.

16th May 2018, 02:41

So how do we use it in cold weather, to increase the temperature inside the car? Please help.

16th May 2018, 09:38

You can't. My parents in the Philippines have a new Honda BR-V, similar situation - it's got factory air conditioning with the controls for recirculated or fresh air, automatic fan, etc., but as per the manual, it was not fitted with a heater. The only Honda BR-Vs with heaters as standard, from what I can tell in the specifications (coolant capacity is a giveaway) were those sent to South Africa, India and I think Pakistan. Similar to your situation, although the Philippines is very much a warm and tropical country, we have a place called Baguio City about 2km above sea level, and has a very temperate weather, similar to many parts of New Zealand. The cars sold there are as per Philippine spec, and so if the standard fit in the lowlands doesn't have a heater, neither do they, unfortunately. What you might want to check over the Internet is if there is an accessory available for an electrically-operated fan heater that you can hard wire to the car or plug into the cigar lighter.