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  1. Uniroyal's (both RainExpert and RainSport's) are amazing in the rain. However I used a set of RainExpert 3's in the summer and felt that when you push on, the tyre gets quite hot and wears down really quickly. This is a common thing with these Uniroyals, but I guess that's just a compromise between wet weather grip and degradation in the dry. I've also heard good things about those Goodyear's.
  2. I'm pretty sure it can be done, see here:
  3. This is the same on my 2003 1.0 French built Yaris.
  4. Thanks for the replies, I can see how the electric power steering is putting quite a lot of load, causing it to cut out. Luckily this only happens at crawling speeds (reversing out of driveways etc.) so I'll check the battery and alternator over the weekend. A colleague also suggested filling up the battery with distilled water (I wasn't aware this was a thing), as I checked my battery and it's not a sealed unit like most so that's something else I'll do at the weekend. Will keep this thread updated for anyone visiting in the future.
  5. I have a 2003, 1.0 Yaris and seem to have a bit of an electrical issue. Every so often, the car will cut out. The dashboard will go dark for a fraction of a second, then come back but the engine dies in this time. I've noticed if you pump the brake pedal quickly, the intensity of the headlights dim, as does the intensity of the dashboard (I guess I notice this more as all the instruments are powered by lights). I notice that the same thing happens when you turn the steering wheel (in either direction) by about 90 degrees. Sometimes this does cause the car to cut out (I've repeated this a few times and I'm sure it was me turning the wheel that caused the car to cut out). I had this happen once a few months back but didn't think anything of it however I've had this happen a number of times in the last 48 hours (some of the times was causing by me intentionally trying to reproduce the problem). Any suggestions?
  6. Yeah I've used the 3M kit and it's really good. Better than toothpaste from my experience, worth the money (I did it at the start of the year and headlights still look good!).
  7. Hi, Anybody got some Yaris T Sport seats available? Seem to be struggling to find a set, so thought I'd ask on here. Thanks!
  8. I'm planning to buy a steering wheel with volume controls. My Yaris doesn't have these at the moment (2003 'S' model). Something like this but not actually this listing. Does anyone know how simple it would be to do? From what I've seen from various pictures is the volume controls have a cable which needs connecting. Should the other end of this cable be there on my car already or would there need to be modification needed to wire it all up? Thanks! 🙂
  9. I'm thinking of putting a set of those MX5 hollow spoke wheels on my gen 1 Yaris (they're spare from my dad having 2 MX5s and buying multiple sets of wheels). Did you have to do anything to make them fit? I've test fitted them (while on the jacks, they have no tyres yet) and they seem fine to me. I notice the wheel nuts aren't OE Yaris ones (maybe from an MX5?), are different wheel nuts required? Cheers :)
  10. Have you tried searching 'yaris tsport breaking' on eBay? There might be someone breaking some TSports near where you live - just message them and ask them if you have what you're after :)
  11. Some of them do go like that, there's a bit of rust starting to appear on one of my sills which I'm planning to treat this summer. TSports seems to commonly have rusty fuel pipes (look at MoT histories of 10 of them and I'd put money that you'd see advise/failure for this reason). Yeah I guess it depends the sort of life your Yaris has led - salt not been removed from the underside will be a factor I reckon. Unless you can do the welding yourself, it's just not worth repairing. Would be good to have someone look underneath it (MOT guy would've been ideal) and see how long he thinks it has before welding is required.
  12. So post 2002, were all Yaris' built in France?
  13. If you ring a local garage up, they'll be happy to give you a quote for the work, you'll just need to supply your reg so they can calculate part prices though it's mainly about the labour :)
  14. I'm not sure what sort of wheels your car has (steels, alloys, if so, are they Toyota ones or aftermarket?), but my bet is that you're running steel wheels and someone's changed them in its lifetime (for whatever reason), hence the change in tyre size (I think this would be down to the difference in wheel offset, I don't remember too much about offset etc). Anyway, I would probably use the same tyre size (the 185 size) that's currently on there - I would say that if you bought tyres of 175 width, they'd have to be stretched to get them to fit, which isn't something I'd go down (something they do in the car scene I think, god knows why). I'd be interested to hear what others have to say as I'm not sure if I'm chatting rubbish or not haha.
  15. Hi all, Thanks very much for all your replies - I would've loved to reply sooner, had a busy few days/late nights at work this week! The parts were third party (especially the bushes, I'd heard how expensive they are from Toyota!). On the weekend, I will try and tighten up the drop links (I managed to find the torque setting in the Haynes manual so I shall follow that) and check its all in the correct orientation (cheers for the ASCII diagram!). If not, I will probably return the car to the mechanic and the parts replaced :)