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Toyota Yaris New Owner Reports

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
Owners - how do you like your Yaris?
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  • gwschgwsch Posts: 8
    Yesterday I was checking with my dealer on Yaris status and he said "We just unloaded one that may be close to what you wanted." So, I drove out, looked it over, test drove it. Yep, that is what I was looking for. So now it is mine.

    It came with automatic transmission, convenience package ($630), all weather package ($110), rear spoiler ($200), mats ($150), and rear bumber protector ($65) for $13,585, including the delivery etc. fee.

    So far I can say that the heavy duty heater in the all-weather pack works very well. After 40 odd miles, the gas gauge has yet to move. My first stab at burning music to an MP3 CD from my computer was successful. The Yaris scanned for a few seconds then started playing. Reads ID tags, does not require a playlist.

    Other differences noted so far - the automatic has a gated shifter (detents left and right as well as the usual forward and back motion) with any of the lower 3 gears selectable for engine braking. With a little practice there should be little need to even look at the indicators. The Xa has the usual straight shifting.

    Lots of storage compartments, cup and bottle holders. Electronic power steering is standard - no hydraulic pump, just an electric motor assist.

    The engine fills most of the space under the hood. Various small components are scattered around the outer walls of the compartment and that is about all the is easily visible.

    Forward view is much like the Prius - big windshield with no visible hood. It is 100% Japanese made.

    With the back seats up, the hatch has little storage, but almost identical to my old Tercel.

    Still studying the manual. Further testing is slowed by a late winter storm. So far, a nice runabout vehicle.
  • tommyg12tommyg12 Posts: 158
    Congrats. Can't wait to hear updates, especially the first MPG report.
  • gwschgwsch Posts: 8
    No movement yet on the fuel gauge. The official Yaris brochures arrived at my dealer today. My Bayou Blue is really a medium grayish blue - not dark grey as the brochure shows. Best comparison is it is very close to the Prius "Seaside Pearl."

    So far on all items that were puzzlers, the manual has a perfect batting average - much better than the guesses by me, the salesmen or the service people.

    The computer sees all in this model. To start the engine, just briefly click to start and release the key. The computer continues cranking until it fires, or it hits a 20 second timeout. It was cold enough this morning to prove that easily. The computer added another second to my half second. I have been warned that mileage should improve during the first few thousand miles as the computer adjusts to my driving patterns. Apparently, the electronic steering even varies the power assist depending on whether you are correctly steering out of a skid or making it worse. Reward good humans. Punish bad ones.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Congrats on on your purchase - the Echo was one of the rare cars that was free of first year defects on its introduction in America.

    Sounds like you are familiar with the Scion xA too. Can you tell me how the ride, sound proofing, and stability feel on the freeway compared to the Scion? Or just in general?
  • That's interesting about the starting procedure...and I like the variable steering feel...
    How is the throttle response? Any lag time with the electronic throttle, when pulling out in traffic, for instance? (Had a 2005 Ford F150 that had HUGE lag time, made it waay scary to pull out...)

    I've been waiting for the Yaris to finally arrive, and now that it has, I'm getting excited. Keep up the reports, both likes and dislikes...
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "Apparently, the electronic steering even varies the power assist depending on whether you are correctly steering out of a skid or making it worse."

    Interesting. This sounds like the same feature which is much-ballyhooed (by MB of course) on their B-Class. Even has a name for it --- Steering Assist.
  • rodnreelrodnreel Posts: 13
    OK, I’ve been reading, now it is time to post. I was waiting until I had driven my 2007 hatchback Yaris a sufficient amount of time, so I write about it with authority.

    Buying Experience: I bought on May 19, from my local Toyota dealer. I just happened in one day (I was looking for a few weeks) and they had two onsite. A black hatch (sold, the night before) and a Blazin Blue that had arrived the night before. I drove the Blue and bought it in an hour. It didn’t have all the features I wanted, but it was available and ready to go. After asking for some deals all I ended up with was one extra free oil change (one was included with the purchase). Bottom line is I paid MSRP $13,320.00. I’m a haggler and there was no getting around the price. If I had not bought it, it would have sold the next day.

    Gas Mileage: I have been averaging about 37 MPG, mostly HWY.

    The Drive: I love it. It is quick (auto) enough to pass at 80 mph on the HWY. Corners nice and I love the view from the windshield. Nothing but the roadway. You can’t even see the hood!

    Best feature: Storage

    Worst f non-feature: No cruise control.

    Tip: Buy off E-Bay for the extra’s it didn’t come with. I bought mudguards and armrest below invoice. I plan on getting a spoiler and cargo net.

    Hope this helps anyone considering a purchase. I really do love it! I have yet to see another Hatchback on the road.

    As a side note, I went to my dealer yesterday to pickup my plates and they had a white Hatch for sale! Are people still having trouble getting a Hatch?

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  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    Do you have a manual transmission, if so, does the arm rest get in the way, when shifting? My hatchback came with the cargo net; after about two weeks of it getting in the way, I finally stashed it with the spare tire, where I doubt if it will ever be used again. Judging by the price you paid, I am guessing that you have an automatic transmission. I have yet to see a hatchback on the road myself, although I did see one last night in a Mad Magazine skit (clown car, get it, ha, ha) on Fox Network.
  • rodnreelrodnreel Posts: 13
    Mine is an automatic transmission, but I don&#146;t think the armrest would interfere with shifting a manual. It sure makes the ride more comfortable. I think I 'll skip on the cargo net for now....thanks.
  • Congrats, Rodnreel, on delivery of your Yaris Liftback! The information you shared was most informative for me, as I'm seeking to purchase the hatchback myself.

    I just returned from looking at one at local dealership that advertised they had two in stock. One was missing; the other was marked 'SOLD'. Interestingly, it was the same price you indicated you purchased yours for and the color was Meteorite Gray. I took many pics on my cell phone camera because it's hard to locate them in my area (plenty of sedans however) and if you're not quick, the Liftbacks are here today, gone tomorrow.

    Could you answer a few questions? First, did you find the driver's seat to be comfortable for long periods of driving? I keep reading reviews that indicate the seat cushion is short and not comfortable. The Liftback also doesn't have a lever for height adjustment of the driver's seat. I'm 5'-9" and like a clear view of the roadway, with no dashboard obstruction of any kind to block my view. So, do you sit high in the seat? Is a car seat cushion necessary for a better view?

    I want the power package and the alloys/fog lamps, but dealers are telling me that's a special order and would take a while to receive. Just wondering if you're totally pleased with the base package overall, and if not having power everything is a big deal? Any help you could offer would really be appreciated. Thanks, and congrats again. I really envy you!
  • rodnreelrodnreel Posts: 13
    smallisgood: I'll try to answer your questions the best I can.

    1) I drive at least two hours a day in the Hatch. I find the seat comfort to be adequate. It is a little stiff, but that actually makes my back feel better than a really soft seat.

    2) I'm about the same size as you and have a clear and unobstructed view of the roadway, with no height adjustment needed. With the speedometer in the middle there is nothing to get in the way of your view.

    3) I personally don't mind not have the power package. So I have to roll the windows down or get the key out to get in the car? Once I'm rollin I really don't miss it.

    Good luck finding one. I think once you drive one you can see for yourself if the Yaris hatch is a good fit for you. It suites me just fine. :)
  • Say, thanks a lot for the info; you addressed all of my concerns. We have an '05 Corolla LE with all the bells and whistles (power sunroof/window/mirrors/doorlocks)and I guess I got spoiled quickly. I will remember to get the armrest for support, however. Looking forward to the day when I can announce here on the forum that I'm the happy owner of a new Yaris Liftback, too! Thx again. :)
  • ajl9ajl9 Posts: 1
    My Engine light on the dashboard keeps on coming on, I have had the car back to the Toypta dealers who said it needed the Engine Oil changed and flushed and new oil and filter, this was carried out but still this problem appears, The light is not on all the time only on some Journeys. Can anyone Help.
  • lucynethellucynethel Posts: 81
    If you mean the "CHECK ENGINE" light, check for the gas cap not being on tight enough. 99% of the time, this is the problem. If NOT> A scan should bring up a code. If you are talking obout the 'SERVICE INTERVAL" light, I have NO idea how to reset it as I just bought mine yesterday?
    Mike
  • Does the Yaris even have a service interval light? My tC did but don't think the Yaris.

    Good suggestion about the gas cap.

    Kevin
  • lucynethellucynethel Posts: 81
    SADLY, my Yaris DOES have an interval light. Now I need to find the reset proceedure so I dont get stuck living at my dealer for service...... :P
  • asa805asa805 Posts: 29
    How the heck do you shut it off? Its driving me crazy. If I dont put the car in park and someone takes the seatbelt off to get out it goes off. In fact i find it goes off all the time when it shouldnt. I think its a totally uneccesary function. I always wear my belt .. i dont need toyota forcing it on me.
  • cohencoycohencoy Posts: 3
    I'm with you on that one! I put a large bag of groceries in the passenger seat and it screamed and flashed for 5 minutes! Is there an over-ride switch or something?
    Considering it does not have cruise control, the seat belts are not heighth adjustable, the gearshift is not lit up, and mine is only getting 23 miles to the gallon in the city, you'd think the seatbelts wouldn't be so annoying! Have you tried locking it with the remote while you're inside it (accidentally)? Don't, b/c it screeches. Also don't leave the key in for more than two seconds with the door open, it hates when you do that!
  • lucynethellucynethel Posts: 81
    Do what I do when I buy that 36 pack.....Just fasten that seat belt and keep that food/beer SAFE! :)
  • pharphrpharphr Posts: 1
    Hello all,
    I have a liftback with the 5 speed, AC, Power package. When I shift gears, the engine doesn't slow down right away, it takes about 3 seconds to return to idle speed. It does the same thing sitting still, and it has done it since the day I drove it off the lot. I had the dealer check it out and they told me that the computer does it to "burn the unburned gas in the combustion chamber", which doesn't make any sense to me at all. Has anyone else noticed this behavior?
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