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  1. I am not optimistic about the future of the smallest segment in Europe. As the article says, many automakers abandoned it. Firstly, small cars are too expensive to be interesting, in many brands, the A segment (Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta) offers much more polyvalence for a price slightly above the sub-A segment (Renault Twingo, Ford Ka+). Secondly, in some countries such as France, stupid taxes lead manufacturers to give up producing small city cars. An electric or even hybrid Aygo would be different from an Aygo: more pollution to produce, more weight, less trunk capacity, much more expensive... Personally, I just want kei-cars: affordable tiny cars with tiny naturally-aspirated petrol engines.
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    Aygo 'auto box'

    It is not a problem to buy an Aygo that is not equipped with the air conditioning. Much like other equipments on such a tiny car (the stereo, etc), the AC is very basic. Of course, it works and it helps. But I found it a little unpleasant because it was hard to adjust. What's more, using it has a tremendous impact on the performance! It is like driving with the handbrake pulled.
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    Aygo 'auto box'

    Hi, How much is the 'low mileage'? As you know, the weak point of the Aygo I was its clutch disc which failed very early. The Aygos with the MMT automatic gearbox were concerned as well, if not even more affected than manual gearboxes. My advice is that if the clutch has already been replaced (+ recently), it is fine. If it is still the original clutch, you might have to change it soon, so expect a few € of repairs.
  4. Hi, Water leaks are no longer a problem on the second generation of Aygos. Same thing for the water pump. However, the clutch is still an issue. Check out ads, you will see that many Aygos have had their clutch replaced very early, especially those driven in-town. Apart from that, it is a good reliable car.
  5. Hi, If you removed the rear bench, I am not sure that the floor would be completely flat. If I remember well, there is a kind of foot well.
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    Aygo wanted

    It's normal to have this feeling on an Aygo 😉 The clutch bites high. Congratulations. The only drawback about this very model is that the 3-door version is a bit less practical than the 5-door.
  7. Can you tell us the mileage of your car? Manual gearbox or MMT? What were the symptoms, what did you feel? If the mileage is low, I would ask Toyota (the head office, not the dealer) to pay the costs or at least a part. Apart from the warranty, it seems legitimate. It has been some time since I am checking the ads. An abnormally high amount of Aygos have had their clutch replaced very early. The problem was supposed to be identified and corrected since 2009. The truth is that there are many Aygos mk1 from later than 2009 and many Aygos mk2 which clutch failed. So despite what they say and how surprise they may look, I think dealer mechanics are well aware that Aygos have always had a weak clutch. Replacing a clutch before 45 000 miles is NOT normal. Even if the car was driven mainly in town, especially as it is supposed to be a city car.
  8. Hi. Yes. I guess it's normal. The sound insulation is better than on the mk1, but the engine is still clearly audible from the inside. You will get used to it. Don't worry. Why don't you shift up gear earlier, on lower rpm? It will be less noisy. This is what I do. I tried an automatic Aygo and I was surprised how high the car reved before changing gear. It sounds very Fast & Furious 😄
  9. Yes, there are videos on YouTube showing impressive results! I tried, it worked indeed but the effect did not last long.
  10. This is not an issue, simply one characteristic feature to bear in mind when chosing one's car. As you say, the best thing is to test drive the car. When I lend my Aygo, many drivers stall. While most people will certainly get used to it, a young or old driver might dislike this and end up burning the clutch rapidly.
  11. Hi. Regarding the Aygo... Pros: -nimble in town, short steering radius, easy to park anywhere -cheap to run, insure... Cons: -the clutch can be a little strange to handle, with its very high biting point, this might annoy a senior driver (no offense), and this part has always been a weakness on this car, check the amount of ads with a clutch replaced very early -a rather low sitting car, I noticed that the seat foam tends to collapse with time, I weigh 180 pounds and after a few years, I was sitting a few centimeters lower ^^ -the trunk has a high loading level forcing to lift up shopping bags, take a 5-door to load on the back seats -everything is cheap, although it is more recent than the 97 Micra, it might seem lower in quality I love the Aygo but I would go for a Fiat Panda or a Yaris, even a Yaris mk1 😃
  12. Hi, Your garage should not have made you a quotation or told you 'to keep an eye on it'. On my mk1 Aygo, the water pump started to leak very early. One day, I brought my car for regular servicing and I was asked to schedule a day rapidly to have the water pump changed. It was replaced under warranty. Your situation is usual with car dealerships. As long as the car is under warranty, there is nothing to worry about, it can wait. And as soon as the warranty has expired, everything needs replacing urgently 😄
  13. Thank you for your feedback, it's interesting to know how it worked for you 😉 I'm quite surprised. I'm in France and here, the clutch is considered as a 'wearing part'. As such, it is expressly not covered under the original manufacturer warranty or any extended warranty, and it is excluded as well by most mechanical breakdown insurances. This led to shocking situations where owners had to pay for the repairs on Aygos that were recent and still under warranty. My solution was to lease the car 😄 In case of failure, I don't want to know anything, I bring it back to the dealer.
  14. I agree with Colin JS. I would plasti dip the parts in red. It is a cheap solution, it is extremely easy to use and it is does not damage the bodypaint. On the contrary, it protects it. And the day you want to go back to white, you just peel it off.
  15. Hi. Here's my current one. No option except side mouldings and a spare wheel. Light is right! I am not a good customer, apart from accessories, this is the cheapest thing you can buy at Toyota :D