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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,440 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Toyota Yaris drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Toyota Yaris Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 282014


  • miles


Engine oil has to refilled every 100 miles with 3 quarts. The dip stick shows virtually no oil when the oil light comes on.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 242011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated that the vehicle vibrated severely while in any gear without warning. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 262013

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 54,200 miles
Driving vehicle on city streets, and attempted to brake. Brake and ABS came on, and ABS system engaged. Road conditions were dry, weather was warm and sunny. ABS engagement made it difficult to come to complete stop, even though road conditions were dry. Since initial incident, ABS system comes on periodically while driving and while braking. Toyota has denied any responsibility for repairs, even though this is a known issue that numerous Yaris owners have experienced. Later models for the Yaris have had the ABS design fixed to prevent this issue from happening.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #2

Jun 232012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Yaris. While parked with the engine shut off and the key not in the ignition, the vehicle suddenly rolled backward while two children were seated in the rear seat. The vehicle came to a stop when it crashed into a tree. None of the children were reported as injured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Yellville, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 132009


  • 43,000 miles
My car was spinning in circles on the icey freeway after I applied the brakes to avoid a car fender in the middle of the road. The car stopped short of the guard rail, then all of a sudden it took off and began spinning toward the other side of the freeway. The back end of my car hit the guard rail.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

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