We're considering replacing our yaris with a 159 lusso as we need something bigger. We have around £6k to spend either a diesel or petrol as we don't do huge mileage around a 2006 - 2007 with 60-70k.
There are a number which are well under budget but with much higher mileage, they appear to mostly be ex-fleets cars.
What are the main pitfalls of these cars? I'm thinking worn bushes, knackered ball joints wheel bearings etc. Are these things which typically wear on the 159s? Or am I going to find worn clutches flywheels and in need of cambelt and water pump changes as well? How well do the turbos last on the diesels, and the chains on the 2.2s?
Sorry for all the questions! Any advice is appreciated
How many miles do you do a year? That should strongly influence your decision as to whether to go diesel or petrol.
Regarding cam belts, if you are looking at high mileage cars, then these should have been changed already (just like any other car with a belt-driven cam). The nominal replacement interval is 90k, but I plan to do mine earlier, and if you were planning to buy a car with 80k ish, I would have it done.
Bushes and ball joints don't appear to be problematic, although they are of course wearing parts, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the odd issue. Likewise clutches and DMFs.
Turbos seem OK. The most problematic issues on the diesels is the anti-pollution gear. Clogged EGR valves. Clogged DPFs.
159s are prone to steering rack issues. So check for noises going from lock to lock.
The timing chain on the 2.2 is a single chain, and there have been reports of stretched chains requiring replacement, although this tends to be non-catestrophic, unlike a cam belt failure.