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TOYOTA YARIS Hatchback 1999‑2005

4.7
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TOYOTA YARIS Hatchback 1999‑2005

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rach222

Miss

TOYOTA YARIS 1.3 VVT-i Blue 3dr (Review date: 16th December '13)

5

I can not fault my car in any way at all! I have had her for almost 7 years and could not wish for a better car. Economical, massively reliable, has NEVER let me down. Great run around and comfy for those longer journeys. The only money I have ever had to spend are those general wear and tear items, such as tyres. Have only had to replace breaks once. Brilliant car!!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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evilev

Perfect first car!!!

TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 16v VVTi S 3dr (Review date: 6th September '13)

4.8

As the title suggests yaris was (and still is) my first car. Obviously this means that I can't exactly compare it to other cars but I can still comment on my experience with it as I have now had it for just over 2 years.

I bought the car when I was at university and used it to commute on a daily basis. It was definitely suitable for my daily needs, driving around the city etc. I now use it to commute to my place of work which means frequent motorway journeys. I am actually quite surprised with how well it does on those long journeys. It gets me from A to B without any major problems and has never failed me.

The car looks tiny on the outside but is quite spacious on the inside. It easily fits 4 adults and the boot is quite big as well (enough for a weekly shop). I'm a big fan of all the little compartments and pockets in this car as I like to put all sorts of things in there and this helps me contain the mess.

The car is super cheap to run (low insurance and tax) which is helpful when you're a young driver.

As far as repairs go I did change my gearbox and clutch right after I bought it but let's be real the car was 10 years old and done over 100,000 miles when i got it (not to mention that I got it very cheap). For this I think I've paid approx £400 with both parts and labour. I don't think that was too bad considering the fact that I haven't really had to do anything to it since then and it's passed its MOTs without a problem.

I have driven this car through snow and ice and the ABS and breaks have not failed me. Even in the most awful conditions it has got me home safe.

My yaris does not have power-steering but that's not really a problem once you get used to it.

In general I would recommend this car to any young driver. It's cheap to run, small enough to park easily but big enough to carry your shopping! Also reliable enough to take you up and down the motorway.

I love my little yaris and I'll be very sad if I ever have to part with it!!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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supremeautos

A clean nice driving Toyota Yaris....

TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr MMT (Review date: 16th July '13)

4.5

I got the Car 2 years ago. Only used for committing to place of work. At the the car has only done 51,000 miles. It uses petrol. Very cheap on Insurance. Clean body and attractive. Very reliable to my best of knowledge.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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rts16108

Dream car

TOYOTA YARIS 1.3 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr Auto (Review date: 2nd June '13)

5

This car is a real gem and I am sad to let it go but my circumstances don't allow me to keep it any more. It has hardly been used since I bought it in September 2012. My garage said it didn't need an MOT it was so perfect. Of course as an older car it does! It passed without a hitch and he told me someone would be very lucky to get it. I love Yaris's. They are terrific for town and long journeys. This car really looks new both inside and out.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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missprocket

Mrs

TOYOTA YARIS 1.5 VVT-i T Sport 3dr (Review date: 7th March '13)

5

Sporty economical and fun to drive. Toyota's fantastic build quality and reliability make this a great car to own. Adjustable back seats make it versitile and can comfortably take 5 adults or a boot load of shopping. Ave 40mpg and low insurance make it a very economical vehicle to run.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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gawn-phishin

Toyota Yaris - A great compact car - easy to drive, cheap to run

TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 16v VVTi GS 5dr (Review date: 9th September '12)

5

The good points,

Very reliable, cheap to run, great town car - also strong on the open roads on longer journeys. Easy to park and versatile storage space with the adjustable back seat means the boot can be made much larger. With the back seats folded the boot becomes huge. Lots of little storage bins for all your 'bits and bobs' with a storage tray under the passengers seat too. This car is very comfortable on long journeys. Even great to drive through the recent winters snow.

The bad points,

Cannot easily seat 5 large overweight male adults and all their golf clubs, trolleys, weekend luggage and carry outs etc.

Will, at some time in the future, need to be filled up with petrol.

Sadly, our well loved and faithfull car has to be sold - reluctantly :(

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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davidyaris

Toyota Yaris S 2002 1.0 vvti - What a great wee car

TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 16v VVTi S 3dr (Review date: 19th July '12)

4.8

This car has been a great wee car for us. My girlfriend is the main driver but when she got pregnant I sold my 3LV6 Laguna and used this till she went back to work.

Alright, its not a sports car, never will be but what you see is what you get. Simple car and mechanics means that there is very little to go wrong. We get the car serviced annually and other than the normal consumables we have spent next to nothing on upkeep. Even the cost of consumables is low as they also hardly ever wear out.

I like to drove cars in a sporty fashion and depite putting the foot down a lot is still aveages over 47 MPG, unbelievable. My girlfriend is quite right foot heavy too and still gets the great MPG

The only downside to the car is that it is 3 doors and is a bit of a pain to get in and out of with babies/toddlers. Would be OK for older kids though.

Boot size is OK, we got a big Graco pram and although it is a bit of a squeeze and it has to get put on its side it still fits.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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leebo

Great car!!

TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 16v VVTi GLS 3dr (Review date: 27th March '12)

4.3

Practical as can be for it's size. No it's not going to get a wardrobe in it, but it can fit 5 adults (at a squeeze) and has a resonable boot!

Plus point of it's size is that it's incredibly easy to drive and park.

Ultra- reliable as you would expect from a Toyota! (in my view the most reliable car manufacturer ever!)

No major issues at all, started first time every time!

Cheap as anything to run too. Very low petrol and insurance, and any wear and tear items like tyres/filters etc were very cheap and easily available. MPG was excellent.

I gave it 3 stars for how it drives as obvioulsy it's not the fastest machine in the world! The small size makes it feel like a go-kart though, so cornering is great fun! Small size also makes it feel like you are going a lot faster than you actually are!

Downside of it's size means it can be a little uncomfy on long drives but other than that I can't fault it!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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monkeyalan

almost perfect warm hatch

TOYOTA YARIS 1.5 VVT-i T Sport 3dr (Review date: 17th March '12)

5

GOOD

funky looking little warm hatch

ideal around town and on country lanes

nippy if not fast

good handling

big inside for a small car

the moveable back seat

cheapish insurance

NOT SO GOOD

bonnet paint prone to chips

driving position a bit high

interior quality a bit cheap and rattley

rubbish stereo - no rear speakers

OVERALL

fun , cheap to run , reliable

not the ideal motorway cruiser

FAULTS - 3 years of ownership 55 - 80k miles

front suspension drop links replaced - 200 quid

full exhaust from down pipe back replaced - this is the only real negative with this car. YOU CANNOT GET A REPLACMENT FROM ANYONE BUT TOYOTA - almost a grand to replace due to the cat being integral to the long middle section. We didn't opt for this and had a full stainless steel replacement made up for less than 300 quid as the little extra noise was preferable to to being robbed.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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321mwc

Perfect first car!

TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 VVTi Colour Collection 3dr (Review date: 11th March '12)

4.8

Having looked at corsa's, ka's, clios, yaris', you name it, i finally settled on my little yaris, and i'm so glad that i did!

The insurance is ALOT cheaper than the cars i mentioned above, its cheaper on tax, and thankfully doesn't guzzle petrol! As a 17 year, cheap running costs were vitally important!

In the 6 months that ive had it i haven't really had any problems, just a bit of water in the boot, which i cant find where its actually coming from!

Drives nicely and is fairly quiet, as mine is only a 1.0L i have found that it is better suited for nipping round town as it can get a bit noisy.

When i come to to change my car, i would actually like to go for the newer shaped yaris!

Totally recommend the yaris as a first car!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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