1999 Toyota Yaris Terra 1.0 petrol from Greece


Good for economical driving within city limits


Clock lost memory every time the engine was shut off. Replaced immediately.

Rubber trims of 3 out of the 4 windows were deformed from the beginning. Replaced immediately.

Gear box is very notchy and feels as being one from a bicycle (very light).

Inside upholstery finish not according to Toyota standards.

General Comments:

The car is safe and comfortable, but the driver sits high and feels insecure to drive sporty.

Side support for the driver is inadequate.

Very convenient for city driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th May, 2001

1999 Toyota Yaris Terra 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Great reliable car to date


Nothing really... apart from the re-call which was to do with brakes.

Often the radio volume switch does not work. To increase volume you have to turn the switch anti-clockwise first then turn it clockwise.

Rattle from the front windows when half down.

General Comments:

Engine/wind noise at speeds above 50mph. Radio has to be turned up to compensate and then turned down when the car is stationary.

Small boot even when the rear seats are moved forward.

Very refined and well built car (built in Japan, Yaris for the European market is to be built in Paris in 2001. Will quality suffer?)

Great road-holder for its size.

Loads of storage compartments.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2001

25th Aug 2001, 05:32

In relation to your question about quality problems with the new French built Yaris, I can say that it's been mix and match. Generally speaking they are extremely well built, not as good as the Japanese ones, but still a hell of a lot better that the likes of other French assembled cars, such as Peugeot, Citroen etc. Having said that I have came across a one week old French Yaris that had a piston ring break and score the inside of one of the cylinders, causing loss of compression. The short block and cylinder head had to be replaced, under warranty of course. Interestingly enough the engine itself is built in England, not France... It is only the 1.0 car that is being assembled in France. The 1.3 and 1.5 T-Sport are still being built in Japan.

1st Apr 2003, 08:49

Thanks for the comment of the last guy.

I am considering buying a t sport and was worried about the british /french shoddy build and am really glad the t sport is built in japan. should think so too for £12,000.

21st May 2003, 06:37

Can I ask where you got your insurance through? I am considering buying this model used, but because it isn't a UK spec model I can't seem to get an insurance quote.

1999 Toyota Yaris GS 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


An outstanding small car


The combined radio and clock was faulty from day one. Toyota knew about this and replaced it under warranty.

Aside of that, nothing else has gone wrong.

General Comments:

Dealer service is excellent.

The gearbox is light but very notchy. It does improve on a long journey.

Accomodation front and rear is superb.

Fuel is sipped. 50mpg is not uncommon.

The digital instruments work efficiently and are a talking point for anyone unfamiliar with the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st April, 2001