really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,454 miles

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problem #11

Jan 182020


  • 225,000 miles
The rear axle broke at the weld. Driving under normal spped and driving conditions, I noticed a strange rubbing sould coming from the rear of the vehicle after I got home I noticed the clearance on rear wheel at top was much less then other side, after taking to shop I was then informed of the cracked/broken axle. When I researched there were others who's car's had rear axle's that were breaking at the welds around the same years 2007-2009 this could be a potentially deadly

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #10

May 012019


  • 101,000 miles
Bought car with 99K miles. Noted a clunk in suspension. Decided to fix by process of elimination. Turned out it was a broken bolt that holds the control arm inside the subframe which is not accessible from the exterior. Steering was very off and this was a very dangerous issue that is clearly a defect from the manufacturer: The front subframe was poorly designed and the inner bolt that holds the long horizontal control arm bolt was improperly welded or the inner sub frame was made so water could get in and rust said bold/weld.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 012015


  • 90,000 miles
Broken bolt on lower control arm / only 90000 miles driven to work only / not abused

- Stony Brook, NY, USA

problem #8

Nov 292015


  • 110,010 miles
I am a retired autoshop teacher {2 years} and am ase certified in, among others, suspension and steering. While driving my Yaris, started to hear a clunking noise in the front suspension. Suddenly, a loud bang while something broke off the car and hit the underbody. On inspection, discovered that the right side lower control arm rearward bolt, which extends through a center support and is bolted to the vehicle body, had snapped off about halfway. I drove the car home, about 3 miles, but the driveability of the vehicle was affected, the steering became vague and the noise became louder and louder. There is a tsb, number 005-11 on this problem but Toyota fails to admit in this or earlier tsbs that this is a serious safety problem, which in my opinion, it clearly is. This is not an unusual problem, as an internet search found many people had experienced this. This should be addressed in a recall!

- Lagrangeville, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 122014

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 108,106 miles
I was driving below the 30mph speed limit along a city street and heard a loud grinding noise from rear right of the car. I immediately pulled over to the side of the street and saw that the back right rear corner of the car was down close to the wheel. The exhaust pipe was in its usual place. I called a towing company and they flatbedded me to Toyota in Santa Fe, nm at 5pm on a Saturday evening. When we arrived at Toyota the tow truck driver handed me the large spring which had fallen off the car. Toyota replaced the missing upper insulation disc and put the rear right spring back in place and I drove 5 hours home. The insulation disc could have fallen out onto the street and I did not know to look for it. The rear springs can easily be levered out of place with a screwdriver so my car mechanic attached the bottom of the spring to the cradle it sits on and welded a guard to the cradle so that the springs cannot jump out. I was fortunate to be driving slowly on a city street instead fast on the interstate when this happened. I have filed a report with Toyota so they can fix this, in my opinion, design flaw.

- Glenwood, NM, USA

problem #6

Jan 172014

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Bolt head securing left front wheel suspension and frame, was apparently sheared off by pothole while driving. Loud metallic pop heard. Not sure why parts are still holding together. Will need repair asap.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #5

May 102013

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 34,039 miles
Purchased 2008 Toyota Yaris sedan used in 7/09 for my daughter with 16,000 miles on it. She's at college so I drive it every other day to work which is only 10 miles. I began to notice a sound when I made a sharp right hand turn into a parking spot like the noise of an actual bar and also a rattle if I went over a small dip in the road. I was told it needed new tires on 10/12/12 @ 29,645 miles, I bought good, safe tires:Goodyear Eagle ls tires 185/60R15. On 5/10/13 I had her car serviced at Toyota: Oil change, tires rotated, inspection of air filter, ball joints, etc. Afterwards, as I was driving my daughter and I up to my son's college graduation it was 80 degrees/sunny/clear roads. 52 miles into our trip I was in the slow lane following traffic at 65 mph.watching the road, both hands on the steering wheel. All of a sudden the steering wheel jerked to the left and we began to go into a skid.I was avoiding other cars as I was trying to regain control of the Yaris. It was buckling under me each time I tried to carefully get us out of the skids.my foot was not on the brake but I had carefully pulled it off of the accelerator and I remember thinking why wasn't the car slowing down, it just kept skidding. After the 4th skid it went into a complete 180 degree spin with us slamming into the cement median.I slammed on the brakes as we went toward the wall. I have been driving for 35 yrs with no accidents and I have been in skids before, on icy roads & regained control. I do not know what caused the steering to malfunction. I have read about faulty bolts on the control arm. The auto repair shop did tell me they replaced the stabilizer bar.I have noticed since the repair the noise under the car is gone and the throttle no longer "screams" when I take my foot off the gas going downhills. We were not speeding, nor driving carelessly. This car does not have ABS nor anti-spin brakes.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 012011

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I have had numerous problems with this vehicle since just after the warranty expired. Toyota refuses to acknowledge or repair anything. I have replaced rear shocks, front wheel bearings, and now am having issues with the ABS system. It seems the entire underside of the vehicle needs replacement. The problems began less than 2 months after the 3 year warranty expired. At that time, the car had only 40,000 miles on it. The only response Toyota provided was "sorry, your warranty has expired." All mechanics I have discussed these issues with agree that such repairs should not be necessary on a vehicle with such low mileage. This car has not been abused or driven hard. It has had all maintenance done as suggested by it manufacturer. These issues should be taken care of by Toyota as warranty repairs since they are all obvious manufacturer defects. This is the one and only Toyota I will ever own.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 212012

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Heard a banging sound from the front passenger side, came to find one of 3 control arm bolts had rusted out. The dealership replaced both sides for preventative measures.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 202012


  • 56,900 miles
My 4 year old 2008 Toyota Yaris with approximately 57,000 miles started making a clunking/banging sound when I would travel over small bumps or brake slowly. I took the car to my mechanic who looked at it and told me that I should take it to the Toyota dealer for repairs. He told me that a bolt holding the passenger lower suspension arm to the frame had corroded and sheared off. He said that if I continued driving it the entire passenger side suspension and wheel would likely break away from the car. He showed me a repair bulletin that Toyota had produced detailing the problem and stated that they should take care of it because it was an obvious manufacturing defect and since failure of that bolt could lead to a catastrophic accident. I took my car to the dealership and they looked up the bulletin and showed me that this problem was only covered as part of the basic 3 year warranty. I would be responsible for paying for the repair myself. When I picked up my car from the dealership they handed me what was left of the bolt they replaced and the other bolt that held the control arm in place. Both bolts were badly corroded and had been replaced with new bolts that the service manager told me were a different part number and were corrosion resistant. Toyota obviously knows that this is a problem because they are using different parts than the cars were shipped with from the factory. The Toyota service manager told me to keep my receipt because he expects this to be a recall issue and told me that I will be reimbursed when it is recalled. Please force Toyota to recall these vehicles before someone loses the front end of their car and their life because of a poorly constructed $5 bolt.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 192012

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 60,937 miles
Left subframe bolt completely rusted and broke off of frame. No damage or over-torquing of bolt occurred. Known problem with Toyota yais subframe bolts.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA