Super get about town or medium distance drive car
By Merch on Saturday, August 13, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Price ok but rising, great mpg, good handling, so ugly it's cute"
Cons: "Not for long distance travel - never intended as such"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Look, you're not going to get the ride or bells and whistles of a BMW, Mercedes or Cadillac.
I bought the Yaris (in '07 at 12K) as a second car, for my work as a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross. On average, I pick up blood donations 4 to 8 times a month in the Buffalo, NY area and drive them to Rochester, NY. These trips average 140 miles round trip. Living in NY, the extortionist tax state, gas prices are always 20 plus cents more than the national average. My Yaris is a miser on gas, averaging 40 /- mpg on the road, depending on weather/traffic conditions, as expected.
It now has over 68000 miles and the only things I replaced were front brake pads and plugs (myself - they're easily accessible) at 50000 miles and front tires (shoulda rotated). Now the muffler is grumbling like my beloved wife) and I am going to buy a new one.
My Yaris is a 5 speed manual, base car. It served its intended purpose well. Quick manuevering, sporty ride (that's "stiff" to those wanting a marshmallow ride), drives well in snow (I live in Buffalo), reliable - has always started and gone even being non-garage housed, and the hatchback provides all the room I need to transport the coolers and boxes of blood I deliver.
I would not venture on a cross country trip in it but that's what I have my Dodge Grand Caravan for - to tow my utility trailer, my mini popup camper and to drive my 5 granddaughters around.
If you are looking for a zip about town, economical vehicle, buy this guy!!!!"
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