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.......... but we have become very much aware of the size of everything else on the road ..............
One thing that was immediately and plainly evident when we drove in our 500TA was how we were "bullied", tailgated, and generally pushed about.

Drive in our Clio, and we get respect and courtesy. Same as when we're in the Yaris.

The difference between them and the 500 is marked. I'm still me, and still driving on the same roads, but it's really really noticeable.

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Meanwhile, if you are on a slope and you can't open it far enough, it can fall back on you and maybe a leg, and it hurts. We have a narrow gateway and drive, and the doors were an absolute pain. If they weren't spring-loaded they would have been better. Pushing them open against gravity and against the hinge/spring system was a terrible disadvantage.
Never thought of this problem, even though I park my 500 quite often on a narrow steep driveway. However, I always drive the car forward downhill. That means I have kind of the opposite problem: I always have to hold the open door to prevent it hitting the fence...
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Yes, going out down the drive isn't a problem I suppose. It's the coming back in that's the problem.

Our drive is steep - circa 25% - and it's one of the perils of living in a Cornish valley!

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[QUOTE=muttleysdad;4288530]I do get the impression that the early ones were better put together and the parts were of better quality. As JRK said Fiat realised they had a cash cow on their hands the price went up the build times were slashed and the parts sourced as cheaply as possible.
At this moment in time I have no plans to ditch mine I treat it as a toy these days anyway.

Without wishing to stir up this debate again, I had the 500 for the weekend whilst my daughter was doing the Great North Run. I had great fun driving it around, I doubt she ever takes it up to 4000rpm like I did.

Once again the car is giving trouble, feeling under powered at low revs. I will be checking out the fuel pump and injectors, but above 2500rpm it goes really well. So much so, like muttleysdad, I may keep it for myself for fun and a challenge, I cant let a car beat me. I will find her another newer 1.2 500 because she loves them trouble or not.

So looking back over this thread I think everybody has a valid point, yes there are reliability issues associated with high costs............ but they look great and fun to drive. So lets keep putitng our experiences on to the forum and helping each other where we can
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Yes, they are one of the few modern cars with character. You get the impression of an enthusiastic following from this forum, which isn't all about problems. The Yaris that Mick changed to is a great little car, but I don't suppose there is an active forum like this one. Mick will now prove me wrong!
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If Super Uwe considering a Fiesta, the 1.2 model in the shape just finished production of probably best. Not sure the petrol turbo engine a good idea.
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.......... Mick will now prove me wrong!
How about this?
http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/foru...49-yaris-club/

I've joined asking about the rear seatbelt buckles seemingly (stupidly) wrongly positioned. Not a lot of info from the forum.
http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/foru...ear-seatbelts/
We're off to the Toyota dealer in Paignton on Thursday to see if they can sort it.

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Yep, looks good with people trying to be helpful with your issue. Hope you get it sorted. May be worth looking at the arrangement in another Yaris while you are at the dealer to see if they are all the same.
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Hope trip to Toyota goes well Mick. If you ask for the technician who's working on your car to come out and see you they probably will. If it involves taking everything to bits to sort it, they will. Having a UK parts base and the factory will probably be useful in future, though chances of a problem virtually nil.
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If Super Uwe considering a Fiesta, the 1.2 model in the shape just finished production of probably best. Not sure the petrol turbo engine a good idea.
Yep, the 1.25 82hp one is on our radar. Also hopefully going to test drive a 14 plate 1.0 Zetec Ecoboost - the non-turbo version (79hp). Intrigued to see how that one goes, haven't driven a 3cyl car before. Guess we'll soon know whether we like it or not once we have had a drive.

Some reviews say you need to "thrash" it to keep up with fast-moving traffic, but having always had 1.2 or 1.4 8v engines with our Fiats, I'm not really bothered about that!
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I've driven a 100bhp 1.0 ecoboost powered Fiesta for a few hundred miles as a hire car, about 2 years ago. Very impressive engine in terms of performance and economy. Not so impressed with the cabin, which I thought drab and dated, but that is purely subjective.
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Yep, the 1.25 82hp one is on our radar. Also hopefully going to test drive a 14 plate 1.0 Zetec Ecoboost - the non-turbo version (79hp). Intrigued to see how that one goes, haven't driven a 3cyl car before. Guess we'll soon know whether we like it or not once we have had a drive.

Some reviews say you need to "thrash" it to keep up with fast-moving traffic, but having always had 1.2 or 1.4 8v engines with our Fiats, I'm not really bothered about that!
You can pick-up a 500L for very little money now, if you can live with the looks? Very safe and spacious family transport. Think of it more as a Giant Panda than a 500!
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I've driven a 100bhp 1.0 ecoboost powered Fiesta for a few hundred miles as a hire car, about 2 years ago. Very impressive engine in terms of performance and economy. Not so impressed with the cabin, which I thought drab and dated, but that is purely subjective.
Yeah, I'm just about satisfied with the Fiesta cabin. I like the layout of the switches etc, but it is a bit lacking in colour compared to the 500 range! It's not a deal-breaker though.
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You can pick-up a 500L for very little money now, if you can live with the looks? Very safe and spacious family transport. Think of it more as a Giant Panda than a 500!
My wife and I have had this conversation several times!

We both really want to like the 500L, but sadly it's just not for us. We test drove one a few years back, the basic 1.4 engine was fine to be honest, but it did feel quite hefty and large and the gearstick position was an issue for my wife in particular.

Other than that, it's just a bit too much of a weird mish-mash - think that's partly because we've owned a 500, Panda and Punto and you can clearly see all the individual bits inspired by those cars! But you're quite right that the second hand 500L market is very attractive price wise.
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Our daughter has just traded in her 64 plate 1.2 500 for a Ford B-Max.
The 500 was too small for her growing family.

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