28th Apr 2003, 04:48

The reverse gear problem is mentioned in the User Guide. When the problem occurs you should remove foot from clutch and after an approx. 2 second delay, re-engage the clutch.

22nd May 2003, 01:15

Guys - I hope that you are all right. I have just purchased a used 2001 S Yaris for £4750 - whilst test driving the vehicle I did find the car noisy - but overall it looks great, I love the depth of view of the electric dials and the car feels secure.


30th May 2003, 15:46

I agree with all previous statements and I like that car.

2nd Dec 2003, 08:09

I have also found the gearbox very clicky changing gears, and I am now on the second gearbox. It does seem to improve as it warms up though. The first one had a whine around 45 MPH. Not the sort of problem you would expect from a Toyota with 19,000 miles on the clock!

4th Dec 2003, 03:43

Comment on "noisy front-wiper's action":

I used the original set of front wipers for more than a year. They really do not have a quality that one can expect from Toyota. My advice - replace them with wipers built by Champion. I used these for an equal time to my complete satisfaction, they are silent and drive the water completely off.

29th Jun 2004, 10:49

I agree about the poor gearchange. I have just had a Yaris on hire in Corfu and the notchy gearbox was a real pain negotiating winding narrow hilly roads, especially downhill when I frequently needed to change down to first on the over-run. Quite a surprise, as I expected a far more modern change from an otherwise neat little car.

12th Feb 2005, 07:45

I agree with the gear-change issues mentioned.

Occasional hesitation in low RPM is another problem especially with the 1.0L engine.!

I think there are far better cars in that class today than that.

14th Jan 2006, 15:04

I have had my my Toyota Yaris for just over two months and I must say that I am a great fan of the car. I previously learnt to drive in a Toyota Yaris and so I knew that I was getting value for money. I do have to agree though on the difficulty I have when reversing however apparently this is a special feature to prevent going into reverse when driving. I have to say that the Toyota Yaris is quite possibly the best small car for MPG.

16th Jan 2007, 12:20

Dear Yaris Drivers.

I'm considering to buy a used Yaris with the 1.0 litre engine.

You wrote:

"Unfortunately I drive considerably faster, at a steady 4,500 rpm in 5th the car still returns 40 mpg!"

There are two questions:


40 miles per gallon, is that U.S. Gallon (=3,785 litres) or Imperial Gallon (=4,546 litres)?


What gear ratio has the Yaris 1.0? I mean how fast do you move with 4,500 rpm in the 5th? Several times I ve heard that the car gets noisy with speeds above about 120 km/h (approx. 75 mph).

Sorry for my bad English.

2nd Aug 2008, 17:02

Hello I love my Yaris, it is great in lots of respects. The computer on mine currently reads 55 MPG, mind that took some doing a VERY light foot. My daily commute of 56 miles is a breeze to drive in my car. I use a gallon a day, for my commute, just as well considering HOW much it costs. For a little engine it can muster up some power when asked of it, and does not mind being revved. It does sound good though, when you do.

My gears are totally slick, literally ONE finger, and that's all the time, even when cold

The reverse issue, as mentioned on other postings, you have to come to a complete stop, then foot on clutch for TWO SECONDS, it is a safety feature. It is in the hand book.

I HATE it, what a stupid idea, try it when people are giving way to you.

My little Yaris is due to go for it's 50k service soon, it has never missed a beat. In fact it is the only car I have EVER OWNED that has NOT let me down, not even any faults.

I did buy a warranty with it, what a waste of money... did not need it, not a single fault.

NB; I don't use Toyota main dealer for servicing far to expensive, my local garage are part of... (the good garage scheme) and have used them for the last 15 years.

Happy motoring.

Andy B.