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Toyota Yaris



  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    Would you please correct the shift key error in the VIN number and elaborate on what the problem is? I think it may apply to my car if you substituted # for 3.
  • boris13boris13 Posts: 80
    I'd like to know what this defect is. My VIN comes before the change, so I suppose it should be looked at.
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    edited June 2010
    Edmunds has a list of tsb's for this car, as well as, all others I presume. TSB E048-07 is not listed. I am beginning to have my doubts about the veracity ot this post. It is noted that the TSB number was lifted from another website and is attributed to a poster that goes by the same ID.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    edited July 2010
    Yeah - HERE are all the TSBs for the '07 Yaris. That number doesn't appear to match anything it doesn't even seem to be a correct TSB format.

    edit: it didn't actually link to the correct page, but you can search there for them.
  • johna8johna8 Posts: 2

    I'm thinking of buying a used 2007 Yaris (2dr, automatic, 22k miles, red) from a private party. When I take it to a mechanic to get it checked out, are there things I should ask him/her to check on specifically? I'm a bit of a car idiot, so any help is appreciated.

    I've read here that the red paint might be an issue, so that's one thing. Anything else, other than the standard check-up?

    Thank you!
  • morin2morin2 Posts: 399
    Sometimes the condition of the brakes and tires will be an indication of how the car was driven. This is a light car, and driven gently, the brakes and tires should have very little wear. If you're waiting during the inspection, ask the mechanic to show you the brakes and anything that might need attention. I would ask him to look specifically for any evidence of accident damage.

    Good luck!
  • johna8johna8 Posts: 2
    Thanks, but I guess what I'm asking is if there are any things specific to a Yaris that I should ask the mechanic to take a look at. (That is, things that deserve more attention when buying a used Yaris than when buying any other used car.)
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    I would go along with morin2 on this. If the car has not been abused it should be ok. I have not had the first problem with my 2007 Yaris hatchback with 24000 miles on it. Also maybe check for evidence of oil changes at proper intervals.
  • The Toyota Yaris is the best compact car I've ever seen in Toyota's production, it's like the mini cooper of Japan especially when bolted with toyota parts and accessories like this one.

  • regal5regal5 Posts: 4
    How are the Axels (cv joints) holding up on these? When I heard the price for replacement axels I nearly choked. Going from a 93 civic where parts costs were so cheap it was rediculous, I am concerned that the aftermarket replacement parts won't be there in 5 years when I start needing them.

    The TRD suspension is a must IMO, the stock suspension is good for bouncing along straight roads, the TRD transforms the whole car. I actually ran off the road twice cause the stock suspension was so soft. With the TRD it is planted solid thru turns.

    Those are my only two isses after 1.5 years of ownership.
  • If you own a TOYOTA, please watch this video.

    Toyota Yaris Crash
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    How fast was he driving when the crash occurred? It looks like he was saved because front end provided adequate protection by collapsing as designed to protect the passenger compartment. What are the statistics reqarding air bags not deploying as designed? Was the driver DUI? Tell us the whole story. If he was DUI driving 100 MPH, none of this would have happened if the airbag had deployed?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,966
    My 2010 Versa was totaled about three weeks ago when my wife stopped for a car that had stopped for deer crossing the road, but the F-150 coming up behind didn't, driving the Versa into the car in front. The Versa turned a bit so the right front hit the left rear of the car in front and the right front was obliterated. The entire car was bent as you could see by the driver's seat no longer lining up with the passenger seat. No airbags deployed, my wife wasn't even bruised. The design of the car did its job in protecting the occupants. The fact that airbags don't deploy in a crash is not necessarily a defect.

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  • girlcarbuildergirlcarbuilder Baton Rouge, LAPosts: 218
    Both of these cars are now at 30K miles. The '09 is a 3 door hatchback while the '10 is a 5 door hatchback. Both units have the same driveline that we purchase. 5 speed standard, and the 1.6 liter engine. For those who do not know, this engine does not have a timing belt, but rather a timing chain. Which lasts longer and holds up better if you behave on the gas!

    They say no news is good news and basically that is what I have, but I would not be fair in supplying feedback to others like me who depend on good feedback to make good buying decisions. So here it is:

    Only basic maintainance has been required to date, exceptions to be noted on 2010.

    Materials currently under long term testing:
    Silicone spray on cv boots and steering rack boots. Slime in one tire. The silicone spray is suppose to help the rubber boots last longer. It has proven to do so in MO on the Subaru's up there. Slime is a tire sealant which I started using on an otherwise trash tire with only 5k miles on it. Puncture within an inch from sidewall. Holds air very nicely, 15K service so far. Not bad for no patch!

    All maintenance performed at my shop except alignments.

    On 2009 two rims where changed to 14" Yaris rims with tires at the same height as the 15" tires. This was done at 5K miles because of tire damage. It has proven past experience that tire size does matter on mpg. 2009 still comes in with a mpg about 2-3 mpg's higher than 2010. Toyo tires in use there. Excellent tire for traction.

    Other than that, still 5k oil changes, cabin air filter changes and washing.

    On the 2010, this car was purchased at auction and required work on it to make it legal for road use again. What was done to it had nothing to do with normal wear and tear.

    If you have kids or travel a lot, I would buy the 5 door. The 3 door is still good for long trips with two people, but the split rear seat is a bit more flexible in the 5 door.

    Miles per gallon have ranged from 36 all the way up to 45. The 45 mpg comes in on the Natchez Trace Parkway on the 2009 with a speed limit of 50 mph. The 36 mpg tends to be when the lousy gas is being sold to us on the now. 38-42 mpg is more common. Combination of city and highway, mostly city.
  • girlcarbuildergirlcarbuilder Baton Rouge, LAPosts: 218
    edited December 2011
    If you are wearing a seatbeat, then most of the time, the airbags are not suppose to deploy. That is why they are called smart air bags. I am glad to see this, because air bags can injure you when they deploy. Not to mention the dust up your nose that some of us can not tolerate well. This system has only been out the past few years.

    The seatbelt is still the best and primary restraint system in a car. If I had my choice, I would have a 4 point non retractable system. Just too lazy to convert my newer cars!

    Sorry, PF, this was not for you. Info for the previous poster.

  • girlcarbuildergirlcarbuilder Baton Rouge, LAPosts: 218
    I have looked at your u tube video. Toyota is correct, those side air bags are not suppose to deploy. The sensor for them is in the driver side door pillar, not in the front. I see no impact damage on that location.

    I also have factory service manuals for our units and that confirms the design. Given this is a 2500 lb car with driver in it, he faired very well! I am assuming a glancing blow of about 40-50 mph. If the hit had been further back and involved the front part of the greenhouse, you might not even be talking to him. Count your blessings that physics was on your side, this time. I have seen much worse in the junk yards and the auction block!

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I crawled around a 2010 Yaris 2 door and a 2012 Yaris LE 2 door this week. I was pretty impressed with both. Some things I observed:
    1. why did Toyota abandon the idea of having the rear seat headrests slide down into the seat back like the old version? Seems like a no cost addition and a no brainer for a small car.
    2. does it really cost money to add telescoping steering? Really?
    3. I really like where the B-pilar is on the 2 door. It helps with lane changes.
    4. It looks like the engines are the exact same. Did they do anything on the tranmission on the newest version?
    5.I really like the phone/bluetooth in the LE and SE. Seems though like they should have put some buttons on the steering wheel. I'm not sure how it works; just that it is in the LE and SE models. Perhaps it is voice activated somehow?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    2. does it really cost money to add telescoping steering? Really?

    Of course it does... more complex steering assembly, more parts. Not sure how much more it costs but it definitely costs more. That's why you don't see it on low-end cars like the Yaris. Would be nice if it were an option though. But it would cost less to just put it on all of them.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    We would have to check the ratios to be positive, but I'm fairly sure the engines and transmissions are identical on the 2012 and the earlier generation

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • brianenobrianeno Posts: 1
    Very oddball move IMO. What do you think about this? I couldn't copy and paste the article, but here check out the exact details.. Would love to hear opinions on this :)

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    edited June 2012
    In fact, they are moving production from Japan to France. And that's not strictly true - they will continue to build Yarises in Japan for sale in Japan.

    However, Europe is the Yaris's biggest market, so it's not surprising they are consolidating all their foreign production there. Also, the yen-dollar exchange rate is now killing all their profits from Yaris sales - Honda has the same problem with the Fit, which is why they will begin building all the Fits for North American sale in Mexico in two years.

    So it makes sense for Toyota not to export cars from Japan, if it can export them from pretty much any place else.

    Also, this will allow them to build more Prius C's, which are built in the same plant in Japan as the Yaris, and which have exploded in sales much more than Toyota ever dared hope prior to launch.

    Me, I'm just so glad they aren't going to build them in Mexico or China, I really don't care if they are built in Japan or France. And I don't mean that to be a rap on Mexico - it's just that when manufacturers open new plants there, they generally don't maintain good QC over the product and as a result it is inferior to what is built in the home market or the United States (or Europe in this case).

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • Please share your driving experience with Toyota Yaris, Is is good or bad?
  • So far it's been more than okay, it's been very good - I've had my 2012 Yaris LE for almost 9 months, averaging 35 mpg - so happy I chose this car!

    Love the way it handles & it's easy to park, has a tight turning circle! One thing that really stands out is just how roomy it is - when I sat in a new Ford Fiesta during my research period I found it to feel quite "narrow", not so with the Yaris - plus the controls are simple and easy to reach...I find the horsepower to be more than adequate - no problem merging onto the interstate...

    I've got free scheduled mainteance for the next 2 yrs too!

    My car is waveline pearl, a sky blue - I researched new small cars for about 8 months before deciding on the Yaris and got the best car for the money in my opinion.
  • We bought a 2012 Yaris, two-door, stick shift. I'm pretty sure it was the cheapest car on the lot! We've put almost 1,000 miles on it, and I absolutely adore it. It's my new favorite car! Plus it's averaging 38 mpg...which, here in Hawaii, is magnificent.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    Noticed a blurb about the new Yaris in this month's C&D, and it was kind of nice to read something positive about the car given that a lot of reviews when it came out were just so-so:

    Yes, I realize that this is no piping-hot enthusiast's delight....But if we were to give an award for most improved, the Yaris would clinch it. Tony Quiroga called it more refined than the Subaru BRX/Scion FRS which, I noted (to his face), is sort of the whole point, and also true. Amazingly, the flyweight bargain-basement Yaris delivers a stress-free driving experience that does not come at the expense of its handling chops. On the third day of the (annual 10Best) test, I was driving the VW Golf R behind Erik Johnson in the Yaris, and I was actually working to keep up....

    What I love about this car is the handling, along with the fuel economy and the general peppiness which I attribute in large part to its super-low weight. I can corner in this thing faster than in my Subaru which is a much more hunkered down car. Plus Toyota improved the steering immensely (although it, like all electric steering I have tried, still isn't good enough - not enough feedback from the road and feels artificial off center).

    So anyway, it was nice to see someone point out the car's strengths... :-)

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • girlcarbuildergirlcarbuilder Baton Rouge, LAPosts: 218
    The Yaris fleet has expanded a bit more now. 4 units. '07 auto 3 door, '08 manual 3 door; '09 3 door and '10 5 door reported about previously.

    All units are at about 40K service miles. Nothing unusal. 2008 was purchased earlier this year which had an interior fire. It has restored nicely to date. Still need a bunch of plastic interior parts, carpet, headliner. Operational now. Fire smell is very much gone compared to what it was when bought. It is planned for service soon....when I please! I like that!

    The 2007 was purchased recently with mild frontal crash damage. It needed new tires as well. Slowly working with its problems. Not due for service until early summer '13. These cars do not fare well if the hit is above or below the bumper bar. They are built to protect you, but the driveline can be totaled if that hit is below or above the bumper bar. So it is with a lot of smaller cars. This unit took the hit directly to that bumper bar and did well. Runs nicely. Front end radiator support system just bolts on and off. Bumper cover is a combination of clips and bolts to remove. Simple to work on.

    Anyway, the purpose of this report is to report maintenance "out of the norm problems." Just oil changes, tires on one unit, wheel balances/rotations, air filters, cabin air filters. We have decided the OEM horns do not produce enough noise, so all units are getting a upgraded to a 3 horn system, 1 old, 2 new. The 2 new horns pull a good 10 amps which require a relay system. The OEM only pulls 2 amps! Any way, any cell phone user will hear them now! I may even see more of that welcoming gesture people freely give out when I honk after they pull out in front of me!

    Great car so far. Have even figured out how to stretch out in the back on a long trip. One driving, one sleeping. Split seat system goes flat. Add pillows, move passenger seat forward and flip forward. Remove headrest so driver can see. Sleeper puts head to back and feet towards passenger door...zzzzzzzz away!
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    Just got back from a trip to Panama in April. I have never seen so many Yaris's in my life. I would estimate that they make up at least 50% of the Taxi fleet that you see everywhere. Mostly 4 door sedans. Very few 3 door hatchbacks like my 2007. You also see them in the non taxi car population. Far more common than Corolla's. Camry's and Avalons are non existent.
  • girlcarbuildergirlcarbuilder Baton Rouge, LAPosts: 218
    Not surprised. The car can carry four adults comfortably. Gasoline prices are forcing everything to get better mpg as well. The hatchback is like a small SUV. I also watch auctions online. Bidders from South America are really competitive even above what many cars are worth here in the US. Because of this, not uncommon to have to pay top dollar for an auction unit. It is also a solid popular unit in the UK.
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    I was told that people considering on moving to Panama from the USA should leave their American made vehicles at home, because cars made for the Panama market don't have the pollution control systems on their cars. That the Panama Toyota Dealers don't stock repair parts and don't have the knowledge or equipment to work on the systems. Do you think there is any truth to this?
  • girlcarbuildergirlcarbuilder Baton Rouge, LAPosts: 218
    I suspect there is. On the other hand, they most likely are paying a premium for those cars there. That would make yours worth a lot more there. I would price a new one there to see. On the other hand, there is Toyota Parts barn on the web for parts. I see some real junk go at auction for a lot of money to South America. I suspect there are a lot of "Herbie" Toyotas there. AKA half of one car and half of another welded together. I have to sign off with the state on any car I rebuild, therefore each of those cars have a rebuilt folder. Remember Yaris is mostly Japanese with bolt on American required stuff.

    I see no trouble on ours, but I maintain them so no one else can mess them up. I would also consider the fuel they sell there before taking your car there. That fuel can cause a lot of problems if the car is not built for it.

    I found this dealer on the web. May be of some help on what they sell new price wise.
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