Last post on Apr 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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Toyota Yaris, Hatchback
#103 of 108 Still going strong
Jul 26, 2009 (8:44 pm)
Yeah, I don't know what kind of dealers these poor folks are encountering but they are the exceptions it seems. Mylantageorgia, I doubt you'd have had a better experience with that dealer new or used.
My wife's Yaris Sedan is doing great at a year and half. Only thing we had to do was get a faulty TPM monitor replaced - done in an hour along with the oil change.
If my Echo weren't still doing so great, I'd have bought a second Yaris by now.
#104 of 108 just got a new 2012
Jan 03, 2012 (8:55 pm)
I bought a Yaris SE 5-speed, and this thing is so much fun to drive I am finding any excuse I can to take trips in it. The handling is much better than the older model - this car really sticks through corners and rolls much less than it used to, and where I was getting 40 mpg in the Echo I had before (Yaris's very humble ancestor) this one is making 44 mpg so far. The braking is also stronger, and the seats are much more comfortable and supportive.
The powertrain, of course, is the same except for some small fuel economy improvements, so it is no faster than it ever was, but because it is so lightweight it is plenty fast enough for commuting and the occasional trip down the local canyons.
The biggest improvement, I think, is to the steering, which is quick and precise, and while it doesn't provide a ton of feedback from the front wheels it does at least provide SOME while being heavier than before and not totally lifeless the way it used to be. And I'm no fan of electric steering in general - I think the 1/4 mpg saved by it is totally not worth what you lose vs going with a hydraulic system. But they mostly got it right here, and I'm hoping that an electric system will also be more durable and less costly to repair down the line.
Anyway, all that and two cupholders I can actually use for a Super Big Gulp earned Toyota a sale.
I am going to cross my fingers that it ends up being as ultra-reliable as my Echo was for almost ten years. Any other 2012 owners out there?
#105 of 108 Re: just got a new 2012 [nippononly]
Jan 11, 2012 (11:03 pm)
Well, the gas tank finally required filling a couple of times, and mileage is a lot closer to 37 than 44, unlike my initial impression.
Still that's close to what I was getting before, and I'm going to see if I can improve it a bit.
Had a weird thing happen today - got in the car and the radio portion of the stereo wouldn't work. The CD worked fine, but the AM/FM wouldn't tune in any stations or even produce static, it was just silent. Turning it off and on didn't help at all.
So I listened to a CD on the way back to work from lunch, and when I came out at the end of the day the AM/FM was working again. Weird, and I hope just a one-time glitch.
#106 of 108 was informed yesterday
Apr 22, 2012 (3:45 pm)
that my 2012 Yaris is the only 2012 Toyota that cannot be programmed to chirp when you hit the keyless entry. It is silent, only flashing the turn signals when you lock or unlock the car.
Seems like an odd place to cost-cut - how much more can it cost to have a system that produces a chirp than one that doesn't??
It had its first oil change at the same time, and after 5000 miles the only defect I can find so far (except that one-time glitch with the radio) is that the driver's door intermittently won't lock or unlock with the keyless entry. I asked them to look at it yesterday but of course the response back was a "cannot duplicate condition"...
#107 of 108 Re: was informed yesterday [nippononly]
Apr 22, 2012 (4:39 pm)
yes, that also is the biggest irritant with my Toyota Vibe, or if you prefer, Pontiac Corolla. How my car can be built at NUMMI and not have the Toyota chirp is a mystery to me and causes all kinds of problems, especially in large parking lots/garages.
#108 of 108 Re: was informed yesterday [maxx4me]
Apr 22, 2012 (6:44 pm)
That's extra weird, because my Matrix DID have the chirp....perhaps the keyless is GM-specific in that model?