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kazoospec
kazoospec SuperDork
11/18/17 7:23 a.m.

In reply to secretariata :

Honestly, I didn't really learn that much about them before I bought mine because it sort of "dropped in my lap" from a friend who was looking to get rid of it.  Mine is pretty much a base model as far as I can tell (steel wheels and all) and it has cruise and air. (It's an 09, so not a "current gen")  You can probably tell just by looking at interior photos.  The HVAC is three round "dials" in the center pillar of the dash.  The AC button is in the middle of the upper right dial, but it looks like the hatch has a slightly different center pillar.  Cruise is on the steering column just below the midline of the wheel on the right side.  Its a small black stalk.  The AC is decent but not overwhelming.  Its also a pretty significant drag on the engine when it kicks on and off.  The cruise is excellent.  Its super easy to set and adjust, but I am comparing it to the cruise in my 94 Miata, which is TERRIBLE, so YMMV. 

For the same money, I'd probably still take a Honda Fit for a commuter.  The issue is a Fit of the same vintage and miles would have been at least $3-4K more than I paid for my car or would have had 2 to 3 times the mileage on them.  

Because we like to enable around here: cheap, high mile Yaris hatch  That one has been on for several weeks, so they might be open to an offer.

kazoospec
kazoospec SuperDork
11/18/17 10:59 a.m.
kazoospec said:

Well, ordered up a TRD rear sway bar.  And so it begins . . . cheeky

And today I did the air box mod.  It's still got a decent filter in the air box, so I don't see how it could hurt.  Butt dyno says an ever so slight improvement, but the butt dyno gets all out of calibration when I lean into the engine bay of a car.  

rslifkin
rslifkin SuperDork
11/18/17 12:25 p.m.

IIRC, cruise on some of the later ones (09+ I think) is just a difference of whether or not it has the buttons installed.  I know I've seen a chart describing what it takes to add cruise for each year / drivetrain combo. 

Mr. Lee
Mr. Lee UberDork
11/19/17 5:51 p.m.

Yeah.. Watching this. I too went and shopped the list for these. I like what I see.

kazoospec
kazoospec SuperDork
11/20/17 6:23 a.m.

In reply to Mr. Lee :

I'm a little concerned I'll be blamed for what will someday be called "The Great GRM Yaris Infestation of 2017".

Mr. Lee
Mr. Lee UberDork
11/20/17 8:08 a.m.

In reply to kazoospec :

cheeky There are worse things to be blamed for! cheeky

kazoospec
kazoospec SuperDork
11/25/17 2:58 p.m.

Added the swaybar today.  Haven't really had time to wring it out yet.

kazoospec
kazoospec SuperDork
12/7/17 11:24 a.m.

TIL - the Yaris has surprisingly competent ABS for an entry level car.  I also learned it will likely kill me before the winter's over without snow tires.

RogerB
RogerB HalfDork
12/8/17 10:06 a.m.
secretariata said:

Dang it, y'all are makin' me wonder about the hatchbacks!  How can you tell if it has cruise control?  I did a quick seach on AutoTrader and there were only 5 hatches with manual trans and cruise in the US for $9k or less. Is cruise part of a specific package? Cruise & AC are my current "gotta haves"...

The only way I know is to just ask the seller.  Toyota is weird about the equipment that comes on these.  For instance, to get a tach, it has to be in a higher trim level, and that higher trim level doesn't offer a manual transmission.  I figured I could find a gauge cluster with a tach on eBay.  And I did, but they were only for the sedan.  The sedan and hatch clusters are not interchangeable.  It's like the sedan and hatch are completely different cars on the inside.

Back to the cruise question... when I was looking at mine, I said the lack of cruise was kind of a deal breaker.  This was a Toyota dealership, so the guy says, "No Problem!  We can have one installed.  First they ordered the one for an automatic so they didn't have a clutch switch.  They got the correct part, but then they spent almost a week determining that they couldn't make it work.  The computer didn't have the required connections for a "factory" cruise control.

The good news is that they had an aftermarket company that they work with that put in a cruise for considerably less money and it only took a couple of hours.  It looks and functions exactly like the factory version, there is just no light on the dash telling you the cruise is turned on.

So, don't let the fact that it doesn't have cruise scare you away, just don't count on getting a "factory" cruise installed.

Having said all that, I love mine!  Very pleased with my decision.  I haven't made any mods to mine, but hope to soon.

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