Figgis

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    Patricia
  • Toyota Model
    Yaris
  • Toyota Year
    2010
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    Greater London

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  1. Adam C, you have no idea how much your comment helps me. I thought I was the only non Yaris lover 'in the village' - at least it felt like that. I like all about it except the stalling - I hope to get better at revving it - and the fact it seems slower on motorways than my old Fiesta. I never once worried about overtaking with the Fiesta but was wary of doing so in the Yaris after my first overtaking manoeuvre. . Thanks for your input.
  2. I think I will just carry on as I have being doing since I was advised to rev it up on the hill. I had the clutch checked out yesterday and it was working ok. The mechanic told me his sister bought a 2012 Yaris and is not in love with it but for different reasons. I now understand why people change their cars frequently. I may grow to love it if the stalling reduces further. I hope we have not put off the original poster from buying a Yaris.
  3. MikeSh I have all the paperwork from new including full service history so I'm reasonably sure it is a 1.33 TR, I'm not really worried about the top speed as I shall only have short motorway drives. It was just a comment to a prospective owner to check out a I was surprised by how it felt slower than my old Fiesta. Funny you should mention insulation though. For the first time today I drove with a window open and the car was so much noisier, so I reckon the insulation must be very good. I didn't stall today either so I am either getting used to it or am giving it more gas. Either way I'm keeping it for a good while longer.
  4. Perhaps there is something wrong with my car but I don't think it will be easy to establish this. The Yaris drives beautifully in town except for the steep hill problem and this is only a problem in rush hour traffic. My old Fiesta 1.25 zetec was much faster even when it was old. The Yaris is quieter than the old Fiesta though and is more comfortable. The interior seating and dashboard compartments are also better in the Yaris. I will hold onto it for another while and then I will probably trade in for a Fiesta. Two things come to mind here. One is that small cars are getting heavier, mainly because of all the extra equipment - safety, emissions and comfort. Comparing a newish Yaris with an old Fiesta will almost certainly show the Fiesta more 'sprightly'. (But when you hit a tree the Yaris will likely leave you more sprightly than the old Fiesta would.) The other thing you might check is that you haven't been 'badged' and actually have a 1.0 rather than a 1.33. The other thing you might check is that you haven't been 'badged' and actually have a 1.0 rather than a 1.33. MikeSh, I don't understand the above comment. Are you saying my car is actually a 1.0 and not the 1.33 as sold and on the VIN documentation. As to the sprightly Fiesta, I often clocked over 90mph on the motorway but not in the past 5 or so years. The first time I drove the Yaris on the motorway, on my own, I thought I was travelling over 80 mph and when I checked the speedo I was just under 70. That is what I based my underpowered comment on. Not very scientific but I'm a driver not an engineer. Because I rarely use the motorway now and then only for a few junctions this does not worry me too much. It is a very comfortable small car and it looks nice as well as being very quiet.
  5. Perhaps there is something wrong with my car but I don't think it will be easy to establish this. The Yaris drives beautifully in town except for the steep hill problem and this is only a problem in rush hour traffic. My old Fiesta 1.25 zetec was much faster even when it was old. The Yaris is quieter than the old Fiesta though and is more comfortable. The interior seating and dashboard compartments are also better in the Yaris. I will hold onto it for another while and then I will probably trade in for a Fiesta.
  6. Ensure your test drive includes motorway driving and if possible a steep hill. I bought this car at Christmas and it is underpowered on motorways and I have problems holding the car on the clutch on steep hills, in heavy traffic. It needs a lot of gas for hill starts as well. The car seems underpowered compared to the Fiesta, my previous car. I don't do much motorway driving but stalling on hills is a problem. I presumed it was something I would overcome as I got used to driving the car but it has not changed since the first few days. Good luck with your purchase.
  7. Cyker/MikeSh/Dougie150 Thanks for taking the time to respond. Did I mention that when I'm going up the steep hill in stop start traffic I usually hold the car on the clutch as the cars are moving gradually upwards. I was an expert at this during my lessons many years ago and am only having problems with the Yaris now. I played around with the clutch yesterday and found that I needed to move my seat forward to press the clutch fully. I will see if this makes a difference when I next climb the hill. I will also have to give it more gas. Clutch control has never been a problem for me. When I stall and fail to restart I usually give it too much gas to ensure it starts and it is noisy. This is disconcerting as it's usually so quiet. When I bought this Yaris I hoped to keep it for a few years and it would be still very low mileage. If I decided to sell it I would not buy another Toyota. I would return to the Fiesta. I have had Fiestas for the past 15 years and they were excellent to drive and the last Fiesta had a 1.25cc engine and was much faster than this Yaris. The Yaris is fine in town but slow on the motorway. That does not trouble me as I don't do much motorway driving but the stalling is a real problem. Cyker: Just remember - It is a japanese engine, and they're built to be revved so don't be scared to rev it! :D Figgis: I will try and remember that although it is nearly silent, I have to give it some welly to avoid stalling.
  8. Cyker, thanks for all the information which could be addressing the problem but I just drive the car, doing everything automatically without thinking about it. If I fail to get started first time after stalling I watch the revs to ensure I have started. Sometimes I rev too much and my car is no longer silent. I will try and take more notice next time I'm on this hill but with traffic behind me and a roundabout at the top, all I think about is getting started and driving on. I don't very often stall on the flat but have never got to the top of this steep hill, in stop start traffic in the Yaris, without stalling. I negotiate this hill once or twice a week so get apprehensive as I'm climbing it. Perhaps it is me but I think it's the Yaris as I never had a problem on this hill in my Fiesta. Could it be a setting on the car - engine set too high/too low or something like that.Perhaps I should take the car into a garage but if the clutch is worn or contaminated shouldn't there be a problem on the flat.When I get into the car & start from scratch, it always starts first time.Does this point to my driving as the problem or the Yaris?
  9. Thanks. How many years have you been driving a petrol car after your 10 years of driving a diesel . I have driven a diesel car on one holiday and did not have a problem. As I said above this Yaris is the only car I have had this problem with.
  10. Thanks for replying. I will consider your suggestion but I feel I have allowed more than sufficient time to get used to the car. When I hire a car abroad I never have any problems from once I get used to the gears and that will usually be in the first couple of drives. I would like to hear from anybody who experienced this problem with their Yaris and if they overcame it or was it something a mechanic could sort. I no longer enjoy driving the car and I loved driving my previous cars and would not give it up despite the cost for the miles I cover.
  11. Hi I bought a used 2010 Yaris last Christmas. When I was manouvering it at the garage I kept stalling it, I eventually got going and was doing well until I stalled at traffic lights. I belieed that I would eventually conquer this problem. I now use it a few times a week and ocassionally stall in traffic but get started again without too much hassle. My biggest problem is when I climb a steep hill in stop start traffic. I get a bit stressed and sometimes have to have a couple of goes before it restarts. It is extremely quiet when idle and sometimes I'm unaware it has stalled until it fails to move when I press the accelerator. I had Fiestas prior to the Yaris and never had this stalling problem even on steep hills. I have also driven various hire cars and I only ever have to get used to the gears on them, never the clutch. The last time I stalled regularly was when I started driving lessons over 25 years ago and even then progressed to very good clutch control on hills very quickly. I took the Yaris on a test drive before I bought it. The drive included local roads and a stretch of motorway, no hills though and it was fine. Is there a problem with stalling that can be fixed or do I just have to put up with this embarassment? I have zilch mechanical knowledge and only change the windscreen wipers and windscreen wash.