1999 Toyota Yaris GS 1 Litre from UK and Ireland
To sum up, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the Yaris to somebody - an excellent car
Touch wood, nothing major has gone wrong with the car in over 6 years of driving it.
The gear box can be very clunky. When the car is cold, it's necessary to come to a complete stop before the car will go into first gear.
Road noise is quite poor. Over 50 mph, and the radio really has to be turned up to hear it!
Sometimes, the volume control on the radio does not register when it's being turned up. It's necessary to turn the volume down before turning it up again.
Central locking can be temperamental. If the key is only partly turned in the drivers door, then only the drivers door is unlocked. The key needs to be fully turned in order to definitely unlock all doors. Also, on the odd occasion (notably when it's raining) the boot does not unlock with the other doors. It's then necessary to unlock it using the button inside the car.
Minor niggles aside, this is a wonderful car. It's given me over six years and nearly 90,000 miles of trouble free motoring.
Fuel consumption is excellent, with 50mpg easily achievable on most trips. Good news given the current fuel prices.
I've also been very impressed with the Yaris's reliability. Servicing costs have never been above £200, with the intermediate service averaging the £80 mark.
Road handling is excellent and it is very light to drive. The original Yaris TV adverts likened it to a bubble and this is very appropriate.
I also love the dashboard. The depth took a little getting used to. However, the digital speedo is very useful when going passed speed cameras!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2005