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mileage a lot of the parts, from consumables to anything else the car may have needed through out its life have already been replaced by previous owners.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!



136K – Sent in by a visitor

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.

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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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  1. Anonymous

    I wish Toyota would offer the D4D in the United States. It would sell well…

  2. Jesse Kennedy

    Mine has 198k and it's 8 years old. It's a manual. Clutch is still good. Brakes are still good (I know, I know…but no squeaks, shutters or pulling while braking…I downshift) Only thing I've had replaced is battery and serpentine belt. Good little car indeed!

  3. Car-Drives

    Hi Jesse, yes they are great little cars. 198k is impressive!. If you have the time and can be bothered to do so, feel free to send me a picture of your odometer.

    Also Anonymous: I wasn't aware they didn't release the D4D in the USA. I think a lot of people would appreciate the D4D Yaris in the US. They are reliable and excellent on fuel.

  4. Alan

    Hi, my 2001 Vitz RS has just died from a crankshaft bearing going at 199,640 kms. Otherwise the car is going well and it doesn’t have an easy life here in Wellington. I have to park it on the street, the roads are narrow, hilly and bumpy to boot but still the car feels good and I had no qualms about driving with verve (kind of means foot down) Apparently it’s unusual for a bearing to go at this milage, just bad luck.

    This car has cost me so little to run and is so much fun to drive that I’m going to spend another $7,000 on another ten year old RS with around 80,000 kms in complete confidence it will do another 5 years without much trouble or cost. The auto transmition, conventional, not cvt, has had no problems at all.

    Interestingly, my 8 yr old daughter and 11 yr old nephew are really broken up about the Vitz dying and don’t care about their mothers Honda and Mazdas.

  5. Aaron Johnson

    Im in chicago and I’ve been negotiating with people with 150k on their cars and they price it thousands over blue book…….they don’t budge on the price……..they think they got gold when the thing is ready for the junk yard…..even cars with accidents, the owners expect top dollar……where are you finding bargains do share!!!!!

    • Car Auto

      Hi Aaron, I have noticed that over the years with used cars in general when it comes to people selling them in America. They seem to want a lot of money for them!

      I’m not sure on the amount of used Yaris’ there are in the USA for sale, but here in the UK there are many. And because high mileage examples (of any car) are considered as a risky buy they can be snapped up for cheap. Some sellers are more willing to let them go for less in order to get a quick sale etc.

      Bargains are found on all the usual car sites. Autotrader, eBay and Gumtree are some of the places I use. Autotrader has been the most rewarding for me. Good luck with your search.

  6. Aimlius

    I have a Yaris 2007 model from South Africa. 126 000 km.
    My over all issues…

    1-water pump died at 100 000km
    2-exhaust pipe started increasing noise levels from 4000km (stealership said that nothing was wrong)
    3-seat train rails needed a recall and replacement (no cost to me)
    4-Seat belt tensioner noise reduction sponge needed a recall and replacement (no cost to me)
    5- battery replaced after 5 years (acceptable and normal wear and tear)
    6-Serpentine belt makes a lot of squeeking sound and needs to be adjusted every 40 000 km (not a big deal)

    Over all I like the car.

    I did crash the car and the air bags did not deploy but I crashed at around 30km/hr

  7. Karl Morris

    Hi, My little Yaris Colour Collection 05 is superb, and has just clocked over 100 K. Each year in the summer it gets spark plug, oil, oil filter and air filter change and it sounds so smooth and quiet still. It has had a couple of knocks over the years but nothing serious and I had to have a panel changed. Pulling out of a car park at 1 mph into a galvanised post that blended into the fog meant a panel crunch. Apart from tyres, consumables, MOT and the usual there have been no major upsets. It is a great little car! The reason I opted for another Toyota Yaris was because I was in a life threatening crash in my 5 door Yaris and both the police and ambulance crew couldn’t believe that I walked out of it. The safety rating of these cars sealed the deal for me.

    • Car Auto

      Hi Karl, thanks for your comment. I agree 100%. Yaris’ are great little cars. Sadly, mine was crashed into last week while parked and has now been written off (Scrapped). I’ll get another one soon. Hopefully the exact same model, the 1.3 SR.

  8. Kay

    Mine is Yaris 1.3 2008 or Vios what we called here in Malaysia. 260 000 Km and still in good condition with automatic transmission except cooling fan motor died at 200 000 Km.

  9. Peter

    I know a 1.4 d4d with over 400,000 kms on the clock.

  10. Paul

    I have an 02 yaris d4d with over 250, 000 miles so far

  11. Andy Burton


    Was having chat with guys at work as my yaris went past 250k yesterday and read your post on high milage yaris asking if anyone had one with 250K…. Car is a 2002 998cc petrol, local Halfords manager has called it the indestructible yaris. Will need money spent soon as original exhaust is on its last legs but the car runs fine! can email photo of mileage.

  12. Gervasio

    My Vitz 99 has just clocked 230000 miles

  13. Martin Box

    Really enjoyed reading this, I have a 2007 diesel with 153000 miles. Only issue was anti lock brake sensor needed replacing, other than that just routine maintenance, still on original clutch and I do drive it quite hard mainly on rural roads.

  14. Alex

    Very early 1999 Yaris 1.0 S, just hit 115000. Bought it July this year and have done 6000 miles since at an average of 52 MPG. Didn’t realise how much I was going to love this car, I only bought it to do delivery driving!

  15. Pat

    Hi all ,have a 00 yaris which has just turned 177,000 miles,cracking car ,running as smooth as silk,never an ounce of bother other than brake shoes and pads,change oil and filter every 5 k without fail,definitely one of the best 1 litre engines ever made,will go forever.

  16. Paul c

    Best small car u can buy,177,000 on mine 18 yrs old and going like a watch,will go for ever.

  17. Paul c

    Great little car 177,000 miles on my 00,and I’m sure will do a 100,000 more

  18. Paul c

    Brilliant all round car ,bullet proof engine and gearbox,almost a 180,000 on my 00 and not a bother on her

  19. Kory

    I have a 2012 with 116,000. I got it when it only had about 30,000. I have yet to have any major repairs. I haven’t even changed the brakes. I think the muffler needs something done as it’s a little noisy but other than that, no problems. Always passes NY inspection just fine. What I’m more worried about is rusting. I live in upstate NY with all the salt in the winter.

  20. Paul Seton

    I have a 1.4 D4D with 133k on the clock and it runs like a dream…….or at least it did until the gearbox exploded! My dilemma now is whether to spend approx 1k replacing it or to say good bye to the car…thoughts??

  21. Ian

    Toyota Yaris 2008 high mileage.

    Hey there. I came across your blog and saw you were interested in seeing a Toyota yaris odometer with high mileage. Here is mine (Image now posted above). I purchased this car with only a 133000 miles on it. I live in Minnesota and I have taken This car on multiple trips to Florida and Oregon and everywhere in between. A bit after a 290000 miles my Battery lights started to flicker and I found out my alternator had to be replaced. That is the only trouble I have had with my car so far. Hope you found this interesting. Take care.

  22. Luke

    My 03 yaris d4d is on 199k miles and going strong no faults great mpg still drives faultless

  23. Alex

    Very strange, I’m back almost EXACTLY one year later!!!

    Now on 123k!

    • Car Auto

      Hey Alex, welcome back. Nice of you to drop in.

  24. Matt

    My 2009 Toyota Yaris Sedan is a manual transmission, replaced at 230,000 the fuel pump replaced at 255,000 miles, but otherwise it’s still going strong at 305,000 miles (now pictured in the post above). It’s my daily driver for giving people rides, and driving for sales.

    After 180,000 miles I has the infamous Toyota surge/rpm rev problem which every 60,000 miles is fixed with a new air filter, PCV Valve, and cleaning the Mass Air Flow Sensor. About $20 to deal with each time. It’s been a great car. I’m 6’2″ and 300lbs but me and my girl lived 14 months in this car back in 2015/16.

    I figure it will probably be time to get a new car around 400,000 miles.

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