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Old 12-12-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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MPG Mystery SOLVED!

Okay; I'm a dipstick... Was driving some guys around for the first time since I got the car and was complaining mighily about my disappointing mileage... One remarked that the engine seemed to be running awfully hard and fast; then they started listening for the gears to shift (it's a automatic) and determined that they weren't shifting correctly... Of course I'm having visions of days and weeks spent taking this LEMON back and forth to the dealer or arguing with them about replacing the car when someone noticed my gearshift... Apparently I've been driving it in "3" all this time instead of "D" (I thought it was kind of strange that I had to pull it down and then over, but figured this was just *more* bad design). Boy, did that engine ever settle down and drive smooth after that (also takes care of the "loud engine" complaint), and the guys also all assured me my mileage would improve from now on...

Just goes to show; sometimes it takes a guy!!!


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Old 12-12-2008, 09:34 AM   #2
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Glad to see you got it figured out! =)
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:35 AM   #3
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You are not the first to do this. There have been numerous discussions about it..................and most of them were guys.

It would be nice if the sales people would take a bit of time and explain about the transmission though. I was aware of it when I bought mine, but not everyone has access to YW.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:38 AM   #4
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Well, I maintain it's really bad design; what's with all the little indentations, and why double-up two of the gears together? My Swift (not to go on and on about my Swift) had just a straight line of gears, all separate; user-friendly for the "dumb girl" driver.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:41 AM   #5
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I too am glad you got that figured out. The Yaris really is a good on gas car.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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wow thats rough! glad to hear u found it ok tho. how long have u been driving like that? also, the autos are 4 speed transmissions, not 5, right?
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:49 AM   #7
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I like the back and forth design. I know exactly what gear I'm in by feeling it go back and forth. And no offence, but, going from D to 3 is a straight line. They aren't doubled up, you have to move the stick in a straight line to get from D to 3.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:53 AM   #8
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HAHA! I did that when I first drove my yaris ... i was like "wow... this sounds like crap...does it always sound this bad??" sure enough, I was driving in 3rd and not "D".

enjoy your new yaris... hah.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:55 AM   #9
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I tend to occasionaly bump it into 3rd sometimes (clumsy) and it sucks when that happens on the highway, scared the bujeezes out of me the first time.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:08 AM   #10
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Yay! Now you can master the 4th to 3rd in and out of traffic shifting, lol. Nah have fun with the MPG's =)
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:15 AM   #11
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After figuring it out, I put it back in 3rd for a minute and thought, man, no WONDER I was griping!!! hahahahaha

Anyone happen to have a photo of that gear thang so I can redeem self to friends???
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:01 AM   #12
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Okay; I'm a dipstick... Was driving some guys around for the first time since I got the car and was complaining mighily about my disappointing mileage... One remarked that the engine seemed to be running awfully hard and fast; then they started listening for the gears to shift (it's a automatic) and determined that they weren't shifting correctly... Of course I'm having visions of days and weeks spent taking this LEMON back and forth to the dealer or arguing with them about replacing the car when someone noticed my gearshift... Apparently I've been driving it in "3" all this time instead of "D" (I thought it was kind of strange that I had to pull it down and then over, but figured this was just *more* bad design). Boy, did that engine ever settle down and drive smooth after that (also takes care of the "loud engine" complaint), and the guys also all assured me my mileage would improve from now on...

Just goes to show; sometimes it takes a guy!!!

Full respect for admitting you were making a mistake

Hard to do and rarely done these days.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:23 AM   #13
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Full respect for admitting you were making a mistake

Hard to do and rarely done these days.
That others might be saved, LOL...

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Old 12-12-2008, 11:48 AM   #14
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I tend to occasionaly bump it into 3rd sometimes (clumsy) and it sucks when that happens on the highway, scared the bujeezes out of me the first time.
did that when we 1st test drove an '08 YARIS sedan . Very easy to do and could be a hazard if on ice , snow , or very wet roads . This is where VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL could help the situation .
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:24 PM   #15
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How would a stability control you hitting your shifter? Not trying to sound arrogant, but, I've never had one problem with, have never bumped or anything like it. If you're knocking your shifter in traffic you should try putting both hands on the wheel.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:25 PM   #16
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How would a stability control you hitting your shifter? Not trying to sound arrogant, but, I've never had one problem with, have never bumped or anything like it. If you're knocking your shifter in traffic you should try putting both hands on the wheel.
He's saying it would help in case you accidentally downshifted on ice, snow, rain, etc.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:27 PM   #17
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Glad you figured it out, but why is there two separate threads about this?
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:28 PM   #18
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Glad you figured it out, but why is there two separate threads about this?
The first thread was her complaining about Yaris gas mileage.

Second thread is her saying that it was because she was in third gear the whole time.
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