Toyota Yaris High Mileage No Problem

The Toyota Yaris is one of the most impressive high mileage small cars you can buy. Reliability is one of it's strongest points. The Yaris has arguably the most reliable small engine of any other car. Most people tell you to steer clear of a car with high mileage. They say "Over 100K, don't touch it"..This mentality, that a car is on it's last legs if it has over 100K on the clock (Odometer) is doubled when talking about small engined cars. It's classed as a no go area.

Some people who know a little more about cars and engines will know that just because a car has done a fair amount of mileage it doesn't really mean anything. The term "Just been run in" springs to mind. In fact, some people actually use the "don't buy a high mileage car" mentality to their advantage. With more people thinking this way it leaves the door open for other people who know there's still a lot of life in the old boy yet to grab a serious bargain.

And remember, when a car has reached high mileage a lot of the parts, from consumables to anything else the car may have needed through out its life have already been replaced by previous owners. Also, lets not forget how cheap a high mileage car is to buy. A used Toyota Yaris with a good service history can be bought for as cheap as £700. I bought mine for £800. So that should leave you with some extra money should a few parts need replacing. Most of the cars I have bought and owned over the years have had over 100K on the clock.

As long as the car has a good service history and has been looked after then there's no reason to worry. Of Course, no car is immune from neglect. So even the most reliable little Japanese cars that have been ran into the ground for years will also encounter problems at high mileage, or even at low mileage if neglected, just like any other car. Neglect isn't exclusive to just high mileage. Problems can happen at any time of the cars life.

I've personally seen a Toyota Yaris' mileage at 160K and the car still ran like a dream. One of the most important things is of course overall maintenance, but the most important thing to keep an engine running well at high mileage is regular oil changes. My Toyota Yaris right now has just under 120K (Pictured above) on the Digital Odometer, but if you were to listen to the car running you wouldn't believe how quiet it is. I have to rev the car to make sure it's still ticking over!

For such a small engine with 120K that is really impressive, and testament to how good these little engines are. After all, I haven't done anything special to mine, just regular oil and filter changes. As reliable as a Ford KA engine can be, and they are good little engines, have you heard them at 60 - 70K or beyond..They sound like tractors. Mine did. The Yaris engine seems to be in a class of it's own, and if looked after is capable of considerably high mileage. I hope I haven't jinxed my Yaris now after this post.

Do you own a Toyota Yaris which has really high mileage? If so send me a picture of the Odometer and I'll add it to this post. If I get enough pics this post can become a shrine for high mileage Yaris'. A quarter of a million Odometer picture would be nice. Anyone?

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At last, someone comes through and breaks the carauto record with a massive 250K Yaris mileage! That's Andy with the indestructible Yaris. What's even more impressive is that it's come from a 1 litre engine. Can anyone top a quarter of a million miles?


Thanks to Ian for sending in the highest recorded mileage so far to be featured in this post @ 302,215 miles. This is from a 2008 Yaris automatic. Can anyone top this? Half a million would be nice. I'm sure there's a few out there still running smooth with that type of mileage.


And we have a new leader. Sent in by Matt who owns a Toyota Yaris Sedan (Saloon), the odometer reads 305,971. That's a few thousand miles more than the previous highest. Thanks Matt. Can anyone top that?

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