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#5 of 36 Yaris windshield distortion
Mar 06, 2007 (6:57 pm)
Just purchased a 2007 Yaris liftback. Did not notice this during test drive(which I performed during daylight)...but there is a lot of distortion in the windshield....especially at night. I'm talking double vision kind of distortion. Oncoming headlights appear to be stacked, tail-lights, street-lights and traffic lights also appear to double up vertically. I have never experienced this in any windshield and am quite shocked to witness this in a new car. However, after googling "windshield distortion"....I discovered I am not alone and this is quite a widespread problem. It has been noticed in Corollas' as well as some Lexus'. Has anyone else witnessed this in a Yaris??? I believe proper vision is a safety issue and that Toyota should replace my windshield........any input out there??
#6 of 36 Re: Yaris windshield distortion [vjmango]
Mar 07, 2007 (7:06 am)
I have had my Yaris liftback for 10 months now and have never had a problem with the windshield and have never heard of anyone else with the problem you stated. If it is bad as you have stated, I am sure that it will be replaced under warranty.
#7 of 36 Re: Yaris windshield distortion [vjmango]
Mar 07, 2007 (10:09 am)
I have an '06 Corolla, and haven't noticed that kind of distortion (and I tend to get bothered by any type of problem). Take your Yaris back for repair.
#8 of 36 Windshield shatters or second time
Jul 09, 2007 (8:14 am)
I have a 2006 Toyota Yaris (4-door) and this has been the second time in less than a year that the back windshield has shattered. Has anyone had this problem; am I looking at repairing another windshield down the road? I'm really concerned. Each time, it has happened in the morning after closing the door. I thought it might be the heat, but the first time it happened it was in October on a cooler morning but around the same time at 7:45 am.
Any advice? I've taken it to the dealer for replacement, again.
#9 of 36 Re: Windshield shatters or second time [rhankins]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 09, 2007 (8:51 am)
Both times in the morning is probably coincidence, but since you mention that it has happened twice, do you think it's possible that your early morning door closings are harder than usual? Not that it's your fault at all! The rear window should be able to withstand normal operation of the door.
Just trying to think of possible causes as I doubt that temperature has anything to do with it. I suppose it's possible that there's some kind of stress on the glass from the frame that's being hit "just right" and causing the disaster.
What's your dealer saying?
#10 of 36 Re: Windshield shatters for second time [pf_flyer]
Jul 09, 2007 (10:10 am)
I called Toyota to see if others are having this problem. They have not heard of this problem, but I'm giving them my information, but they have no other cases. Maybe there is a defect in the glass.
I've reported it, so if it happens again, then there is a tracking record.
#11 of 36 Re: Windshield shatters for second time [rhankins]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 10, 2007 (3:41 am)
First I've seen it reported here, so I'm not thinking it's a widespread thing either. I had an issue with windshields on a pickup once. There was a crack in the windshield when I was looking at the truck, and the dealer replaced the windshiled when I purchased it. A couple of weeks later, the replacement cracked, so they replaced that one... and that one cracked. So when they did the final replacement, they figured out that the frame was putting a stress on the windshiled for some reason and they did a bit of careful grinding on the glass before they put it in, which eliminated the stress and the windshiled never cracked again.
Since it happened twice, I'm leaning towards some kind of minor deformation of the hatch that's stressing the glass. But that's just my two cents!
#12 of 36 Econo fix for front clip!
Dec 15, 2007 (8:58 am)
I got my 07' with some bent/ broken plastic on the front. Looks like maybe it hit a parking block, there are some 3-4" cracks running up from the bottom. Luckily that whole front clip is the same plastic used to build snowmobile hoods, So I fixed it like one!
Step 1- Stop the Crack, take a 1/8th inch drill bit and drill a hole at the very end of the crack. This will give it a stopping point and keep it from spreading.
Step 2- More Holes, with same bit, go to the open end of the crack about 1/4" up from the edge of the clip, drill a hole 1/4" to the side of the crack then do this to the side directly opposite the crack. Move an inch up the crack and drill another pair of holes. Depending on the length of the crack do a pair of holes every inch.
Step 3- Stitch it Up, Using an 1/8th inch wide nylon zip tie (the good black ones) thread the tie in one hole and out the hole across the crack. Use pliers to pull the crack together tightly then snip off the extra.
Step 4- Stand back and admire your repair, Ideally you are going for kind of a "Fight Club" sort of look. Seriously, you can't see mine unless you kneel down and look, I'm confident the cracks will not grow anymore. Naturally you can use this repair as needed, It might be an emergency fix to let you finish a road trip with out breaking off more pieces or it can be a permenant repair for when the parking block is higher than you thought.Enjoy!
#13 of 36 Yaris Frame Damage
Mar 11, 2008 (2:33 pm)
I had a question about the frame of a Yaris. If I'm not mistaking, it has a uni-frame or something like that. What I was told is that if it is involved in a collision and if it sustains frame damage, that it can not be repaired to the condition it was in prior to the accident. I was also told that the entire frame would need to be replaced. Does anyone know about the frame for a Yaris and possible flaws related to the frame?
This is a reason I'm a little hesitant in purchasing one. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#14 of 36 Re: Yaris Frame Damage [tuzo]
Mar 11, 2008 (3:19 pm)
There is no "frame" per se as it is a unibody car--like almost every other vehicle sold today except for trucks and large SUVs. If the car is in a collision and sustains damage to the unibody, it is sometimes possible to repair the damage and there are machines designed for this purpose. I don't see how the "entire frame" could be replaced without replacing the car, pretty much.
As with any car, it can happen that a collision can total the car, because the cost of repair is more than the salvage value of the car (usually around 70% of its current value). Because the Yaris is inexpensive for a new car, it might be easier to total it than a more expensive car, just because repair costs can be high these days even for a minor collision. (And if the airbags go off, that adds $$$$ to the repair cost.) But this is not just for the Yaris, and should not keep you from buying one.