2003 Toyota Yaris Color Collection 1.0 from UK and Ireland
One of the family
Just bulbs, tyres, and an exhaust system.
I bought this car in 2008 for my wife, she wanted a small modern car for herself and the kids to get around in. I paid £3250 for it from a local dealer. She liked the digital dash and the drive, and has kept it until a month ago when I replaced it with a 5 year old Corsa.
The car has for 9 years been totally reliable; I have never known it fail to start or ever break down. It's been cheap to run, doing around 40+ MPG over this time; any outlay has just been on consumables like tyres, bulbs and exhaust. I decided to keep hold of the car as we have had it so long and its value is around £300 because it's now 14 years old. I intended to give it to my son who is taking lessons, but have been using it myself as I am looking for a car after my Skoda Octavia failed the MOT.
I do 600 miles a week travelling to work and back, and thought I would use the little car until I found something else. I have decided not to bother looking, because the Toyota is coping admirably with the miles and I'm confident it's capable of a few good years service yet.
These little cars are fantastic, the steering is light, the engine is strong if a little noisy at 70mph, and they are quite roomy inside. It is doing 45 MPG on the motorway at 60-70 mph, 3000 revs gives you 60mph and better economy, you're at almost 4000 revs at 70mph and the economy slips a little but not drastically. Ideally they are a perfect city car and I would recommend anyone looking for a cheap, reliable, daily commuter to consider a Toyota Yaris. The first generation Yaris are now available for a few hundred pounds; you can't go wrong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd November, 2017
4th Nov 2017, 01:01
That year of the Yaris (called Echo in North America) was about the most reliable car built in the past two decades. Toyota did it again with this model, just like the old Corolla and the 4Runner from the first half of the 1990s. This small car was shockingly trouble free in a sea of cars with problems. It had floor rust trouble and failing bearings and trouble with the timing chain at higher miles, but otherwise a solid car even in our rough cold Canadian winters. What a fun and comfortable car to drive. Sadly the steering was slow (needs to rotate more in a turn compared with most cars) which took away a potentially sporty feeling. But the seats were absolutely great on long distances and the car was just very well balanced. Sadly, the next generation was just about the opposite of all this, a completely different car that missed the point.