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Toyota Yaris



  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    No violence, it's not worth it. And please, no more debate - not worth it either. Just take the information or leave it, and keep your hands.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    I just saw that for 2009, the Yaris will get ABS and 6 airbags standard. That is great news. Also, the new 5-door will start at only $13.3k with automatic. Here's some info and photos:

    IMO the 5-door is easily the best looking of the Yaris family. If they could just move those gauges to where God intended gauges to be, it would be getting close to perfect. ;)
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Ooooh, me likey!

    Hah, take that Canada! Now we have the 5 door Yaris too! Next - cheap drugs! :D :D
  • boris13boris13 Posts: 80
    Well, I don't like four-door ("5-door," same thing) cars. The looks put me off. Rear doors on each side scream "family load" to me. Stodgy. Can't have that; I want clean styling lines along with my 40 mpg. So, I certainly hope they continue to offer the "3-door" hatchback by the time I'm ready for my second new Yaris in 2013. ;)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    well, those of us who actually have "family loads" appreciate the two extra doors. :)
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    The extra doors make it easier to throw bags in the back, especially when you don't want to be opening and closing your trunk in a bad neighborhood. For example, I put my jiu jitsu bag in the trunk when I go to work, park in the safe work parking structure, when I leave I pull the bag out and throw it in the back, which is easy with 4 doors.

    But very hard with two.

    Putting the bag on the front seat isn't very good, it activates the airbags. Or a warning message.

    Likewise when doing a lot of Target or Ikea or grocery shopping, the trunk on my Yaris would fill up quick, and then it would be a challenge to put stuff in the back seat area.

    4 doors rule.

    Even without "family" to load. And, yes, I have family to load, too.
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  • Picked up my Yaris S week before last. It had to be ordered and it took 3 months to get it from Japan. Bought it from a dealership that is 110 miles from our home and the drive back was an eccexellent opportunity to really test drive it. Have'nt had so much fun driving since my Alfa-Romeo 12 years ago. Had it for 11 years. Refilled the gas tank yesterday for the 1st time. Got 38.33 mpg. Mostly highway driving. Will continue to monitor the mileage.
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    I went to your link that you supplied. Nowhere in the Toyota USA press release do I see that heatable outside mirrors would be made available. Either as an option or standard. I do believe that for the 2009 model year, Toyota Canada is making them available on the sedan, and hatchback versions at certain trim levels. But for the USA version, a big questionmark. This could be added as part of the weatherguard package. Much like what Toyota did for the '09 Corolla in the USA.
    Yes, the 5 door hatch is "big news," and yes, the addition of side and head curtain air bags is nice. But the lack of stability control and lack of heated mirrors is a deal breaker for me. What am I going to do with extra airbags that I will likely never use? ABS, stability control and heatable outside mirrors are something I am more likely to use during the course of the seasons.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Out of curiosity where are you in the US?

    Heated mirrors are nice, but how often do they really get used either - a couple months out of the year and even then not every day? Then again, I can definitely see them as being one of those things that once you've had them, you'd hate to go without.

    As for stability control? On a Yaris? It's front wheel drive and a blistering 106 horsepower. I suppose it's subject to throttle understeer, but that's a lot of engineering for a car that shouldn't really need it; in all fairness I prefer to turn off stability control on cars that have it, the computer doesn't always know better.

    I wholeheartedly agree that ABS should be standard on everything nowadays though. It's a bummer it still has to be selected as an option (even if it's seems to be included with the most common packages).

    The usage issue for side airbags though is not that you'll use them all the time, it's that you'll wish you had them if you need them. ;) I'm glad to see those coming standard now.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    It's a bummer it [ABS] still has to be selected as an option...

    Not any more! :D
  • ike3ike3 Posts: 81
    Dake, I reside in western NY state, near the Great Lakes. Winters are long, and frequent storms bring snow and ice. Even as late as May, a frost can occur
    and frost up windows and mirrors. Just west of me, lie Ontario province. There, the small cars including the 2009 Yaris and 2009 Honda Fit, will offer this feature in some trim levels. They are not allowed to sell to a U.S. resident if sold new. Only if sold as a used vehicle. The weather or climate is no different here than Ontario Canada. Yet
    the US importer chooses not to even offer the feature as an option. Very frustrating,
    and "free trade" as we know it when it comes to importing a Canadian spec vehicle
    is a joke. It doesn't exist, unless one is prepared to jump through big hoops.
    I realize that this feature may not be needed in all sections of the U.S. Especially in the arid desert regions. But it doesn't stop VW, or Suzuki, or Volvo, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes from equipping their vehicles. Prices are higher, true. I guess its my "pet peeve." Another one? Stability control, or the lack of. I realize its a light car, but its also going to be law soon for every car. The phase-in period is already underway, but it won't be until 2012 that every car and light truck must have the feature.
    Guess I'll keep looking or just cave in and buy the 5 door Yaris or Fit, as is.
  • I was getting the oil changed in my Matrix yesterday and picked up an '09 Yaris brochure. No mention of heated mirrors as either standard or optional.
  • ajb8ajb8 Posts: 1
    I've had my '07 Yaris, 5 spd. for 15 months and 33,000 miles. I do like the car, but now seem to be having problems. The idling seems too low and seems to idle rough at times, especially when it's colder outside, but dealer can't find any problem. Starter sticks in "on" position occassionally, but dealer can't find any problem. Also, had an oil leak recently repaired. I guess it was transmission oil. They had the car for 4 days and repaired the leak, but now the clutch all of a sudden feels weird and not like it used to.
    Has anyone else experienced any of these problems with the Yaris. I've always had good luck with toyota cars and trucks in the past, but I'm worried about this car.
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    My Yaris has always idled a little rough when the engine cold light is still on.

    I have owned an 07 5speed for about 23 months and 35,000 miles and have had no issues with the starter, leaks, low idle, or clutch. No problems of any kind to date.
  • nomenome Posts: 1
    I have had my Yaris since July 2006. I have over 61,000 miles on it. Knock on wood, I have had no problems. I couldn't be more pleased with the car. I was shocked to see the 09 Yaris gets worse gas mileage at 29/36. What's up with that?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,835
    I know the EPA changed the way they figure the numbers and they've been revised down a bit for most vehicles. I'm not sure if they've changed the test to take ethanol into account either, but you can read about the negative effects of ethanol blends on mileage in The Inconvenient Truth About Ethanol

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  • Nothing has really changed. The engine and transmission are still the same.
    It is just a different way of calculating MPG by the EPA.
  • :confuse: My company Car is a 2007 Yaris. I have driven over 75,000 miles in this car mostly in the midwest. All of my dummy lights went on recently. I went to a Toyota dealer to get the codes and find out what the problem was. Well It is a ESB , something to do with the fuel delivery system. Fuel filler, Charcoal canister ( about 900.00 dollars worth) There is a Technical Service Bulletin Directly related to theses codes- authorizing repair. I went to the dealer in Wisconsin that our company purchased other cars ,trucks and a Lexus. They contacted Toyota and the factory is unwilling to cover or even partially participate in this ridiculously expensive repair. Rather surprising that a very dependable manufacture, and large dealer is not interested in happy customers. Are there any other drivers out there driving Hi Mileage Yaris vehicles that can relate?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Unfortunately, those kind of parts are not covered under the 8 year, 80,000 mile emissions warranty. But one option is to check salvage yards for the pricey parts like the charcoal canister. See this article for example:
  • The paint on my daughter's 2007 red Yaris has completely dis :lemon: integrated in large sections of the front bumper and hood of the vehicle. It is actually down to the primer. The car is 2 years old and still under warranty and I am about to take it back to the dealer. Has anyone had a similar problem with the paint ? I can understand chips in the paint from normal driving but this is unbelievable.It is the whole front of the car. You can actually peel the paint off with your hand.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Man, that's crazy! Red used to be the worst color for Toyotas back in the 80's models for that reason, but I haven't seen that happen in a long time. Definitely take it back to the dealer - sounds like they skipped a step. :surprise:
  • hoodyhoody Posts: 25
    OK just picked up this 09 5 door tonight, I drove it a few times in the last 3 days along with the scion Xd. I decided the Yaris was the better deal for the wife as a small commuter.I decided the old Chrysler T&C had given her enough headache's. Also there was no 1000K rebate on the scion and it was almost 2K more. for what a 1.8 instead of the 1.5?, this 1.5 seems to be just fine by the way. Besides they don't budge at all on the scion sticker.

    This thing has all the options I guess they could stick on, I didn't need most, but so be it, It has, FE,CP,CL,KE,PQ,CF, and this DK, some useless owners portfolio.

    I ended up after a day's worth of back and forth at 14,588. +tax, lic and processing.

    Processing fee was $459.00, tax was 481.41 , some lic fee 39.50, title fee 10.00, and some silly 10.00 called "online systems filing fee"?.

    So after all that it came to: $15,587.91 out the door. (incl the 1000 rebate)

    I only managed to get them to throw in the cruse and the floor mats, as the sticker said 16,345.000 they went to $15,988.00, than took the 1000K rebate off, to 14,988, at that time I said i don't need cruse and not gona pay 150.00 for mats, they took 250 off for the cruse and 150 for the mats to end up at the $14,588
    ( :confuse: before all the usual BS)

    I gave em 3K and still owe 12,587.91 to pay off next week. I guess I made about as good a deal as anyone else here in southern VA at Priority Toyota.

    So now I have this and a 05 Corolla LE.
  • hoodyhoody Posts: 25

    Doesn't this thing have a auto dome light that comes on when you open the doors?

    I have 2 lights on the upper part of the front dome, but they seem to only be able to turn on manual by pushing them. I can see no way to make a light turn on when you open the door.

    There's no switch on the lights either, they only turn on by pushing them.

    This is weird, every car I ever seen has a dome light that turns on when you open the door.
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    Not sure what model you have, but on my 2007 Sedan, you just switch the setting on the dome light to door and it comes on when the door is open just like every other car I have owned.
  • hoodyhoody Posts: 25
    Its the 5 dr hatchback 2009 (see my post just above here)

    hmmmm well I don't see any "setting" on the 2 dome lights. Its just the 2 lights that you can press to turn on.

    This is crazy, every car even my old VW beetle had lights that turn on when you open the door.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    And the owner's manual doesn't shed any light on this? (sorry, couldn't resist)

    Have you checked the switch that controls dash illumination? On many cars it also controls the dome light on/off.
  • hoodyhoody Posts: 25
    yup read the manual before posting, smirks

    shows a switch to use to set it to door, but there's NO switch on my dome lights.

    As for the dash illum, it ONLY controls the speedo intensity light.

    No sweat, I'm gona go to the dealer Monday and raise hell with them about it.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Just a thought... the dealer didn't design the car and didn't write the owner's manual. They are not responsible for causing this problem. So rather than "raise hell" with them, maybe a simple, good-natured, polite question would be in order? You may have a long relationship with the dealer's service department; I've found that these folks tend to be more helpful and responsive when I treat them as I would like to be treated.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Ok so wait. This:


    is the dome light on an '08 Yaris with a little switch on it. This is different and completely separate from the two reader lights up by the rear-view mirror (the ones you push in). Yours is different? Weird...
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