Top notch supermini - super reliable and frugal
Considering the car was one of the very first Yaris's produced in April 1999 (made in Japan, not France), it has been extremely reliable, and has only needed regular service items such as tyres, oil changes etc until just in the last year (2010) when its original exhaust started to blow - after 10 years on the car.
Needed a couple of front roll bar drop links last year, and a new fuel filler pipe, which had corroded through on the breather pipe due to its position behind the rear wheel with no protection from water spray. This allowed water into the fuel tank. If you have an old Yaris, have a look at your filler pipe where the breather joins it at the top, it will probably be rotten by now, and a problem in store if water contaminates the fuel - Be warned! The part was £80 (dealer only) and easy to fit. Other than this, excellent, and better than any other previous car.
Great little car that has been the ultimate in reliability! It's easy to park, is uber frugal on fuel, and has the advantage of the rear seats being on a slider so that the boot can be made bigger if no one is sitting in the back seats.
It's got all the toys (A/C, electric windows, CD player, trip computer, and nice comfy plush seats, with lots of headroom too).
The only little niggles are that it is a bit rattly from the rear suspension now, and the gear change mechanism is a bit clunky, but it is nearly 12 years old now, and it's weathered really well.
Acceleration is slow though, especially with passengers in the back seats - so don't buy the 1.0 if you want a fast car! It's best as a town car for doing the shopping and ferrying the kids to school LOL.
The Yaris holds its value very well too, and this one still commands a high price over most other cars its age - because everyone wants one, and most women love the "Cute" looks.
The verdict - Excellent car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2011