2006 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 1.5 Gas from North America
Good car, Toyota is gouging, will not buy more
We lost an alternator at 50,000 miles on one car. We have 4 Yaris in our fleet of delivery cars. Three dealerships quoted us $780 to replace the alternator. The part was $625 from the dealer. We disassembled the alternator on the bench, pressed out the bearings and bought new ones from the bearing supply, back on the road for $30 and three hours of our time. We would have paid $200 for a new one. We are disappointed that the alternator went after 50k and outraged that we are expected to pay $7-800 for an alternator fix. P.S., Scion A has same drive train, different alternator.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th August, 2007
50K miles is indeed too early to expect an alternator failure. As an interesting note, the alternator is placed in front of the engine, close to the front grid, thus more exposed to mud and water… Maybe this explains a premature bearing failure? No doubt, at the dealer such parts are extremely expensive. Next time, the simplest way would be to walk to a salvage yard.
By any chance, did you have a clue about the average mileage those cars are getting?