My cousin has one (here in the US). Sucky car. Very bad interior, and no power even with the accelerator to the floor. Very disappointing, Toyota!!
I just did an engine swap in an 08 model, due to a massive oil leak from the timing cover.
I definitely would not buy any new Japanese car. The quality is awful. Just look at Toyota. It is the most recalled car ever built. And Honda owners on here discuss early transmission failures a lot.
I don't agree, however, with the commenter who says to hang on to older Japanese cars. Our 80's Japanese cars (both built in Japan) fell apart before 100,000 miles. Neither of them was as reliable or as well-built as our very worst domestic.
The squeak you hear at low speeds could be your bushings. Make sure someone has them checked.
As for keeping the older Japanese cars, I fully agree! I own a 1992 Accord with 322,000km that is absolutely perfect! I used to have a 1995 Accord (but someone hit me and wrote it off) with 407,000km, and this one was also perfect!
I now have a 2002 Accord, and so far I must say that this car is perfect as well. But I would not buy anything 2010 and higher!
The first gen Yaris was weird looking, but despite its limits, it's a very well designed vehicle.
The second generation did look better, was more stable on the road, but boy it's a mess of a design: bad seats hurt my back on any drive longer than 10 minutes, there's a bad distance between the steering, pedals and seat, and the horribly calibrated suspension made the car feel like it was soulless.
Small Toyota's have a light-duty suspension.
"The car feels like it's pulling to the left at high speed. The dealer assured me this is normal due to the light electronic power steering."
Oh God, you should have answered right in his face: Why are you lying?
Normally that's from out of specs wheel alignment.
"The chassis feels weak, and car wobbles when you hit an uneven surface at speed."
That's because the car has very cheap shock absorbers. The only thing that could help is to use larger and better quality tires than the original ones.
If the steering feels too light at higher speeds, it could be both because of cheap tires and bad wheel alignment.
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