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Toyota Yaris GR4

Bit of a long shot here...

I test drove the GR4 today, actually I was given the keys and told to be back in a couple of hours... Blimey, the press have been gushing about it and I can see why, it has got some grunt and didn't really feel like a hot hatch. The closest comparison I could make is to a mk1 Impreza turbo, its probably the slightly off beat engine and the mid range, which is stomping quick... Having said that, when I wasn't hammering it it drove fine, if with a lot of road noise, certainly for me I would work well as a day today car.

Anyway, I want to get one but the killer is the waiting list is a year! So I think the best option is to try different dealers and see if anyone can circumvent the wait. Has anyone any experience to Toyota dealers and / or recommendations? I think its the first time I have set foot in a Toyota dealer so have no benchmark. The one today was in Reading and they were easy to deal with and seem to get good reviews, so it maybe they are the ones to go with...

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You're unlikely to get a deal on one (unless you want to pay overs on a s/h one), so better to build a relationship with whichever dealer you'll use for servicing/warranty issues?

 

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It's a while since I had a Toyota, but I must say that when I did, the service from the dealers was first rate.

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Guess you don't live anywhere near Swindon................!

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 I certainly live close enough to Swindon if it was worthwhile...

I have rung a lot of dealers today and the answer has been pretty much the same! They all said that Toyota have been caught a bit by surprise by the demand for it.

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If you want one in Aus they are quoting early - mid 2022  - good luck, looks a fantastic vehicle

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Isn't it supposed to be a homologation model. 

How many times have manufacturers turned out just the number of homologation models required to meet homologation, only for demand to far outstrip the numbers made?

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It is a homologation model but they haven't limited numbers. Had they done that these cars would never see the road, they would be bought to sit in garages whilst values went up. At least by not limiting it people can get it albeit at very long waits...

 

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I didn't know that and am glad to hear it.  Thanks for letting me know.  

Well done them.  I hope it's a good money spinner for them, then.  I hope it does really well for them on the rallying front, too.

I suspect that like many others, I did see the bit Chris Harris did on the car and saw how surprised and positive he was about it.
 

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A moderator on an IT forum I've been a member of for the last 10 or so years has one and loves it.  He's done very well out of Crypto currency so has had quite a lot of very nice cars (his daily driver at the moment is a Ferrari 458) and is very impressed with its capability.  He ordered on a whim when it first was announced so was at the top of the wait list.

Even discounting the year long wait, £35k is a steep price tag for what would be my runaround car - definitely an upgrade from the 2015 Ford KA that I currently have, but at 17 times the price, it should be!

Midlife crisis begun....

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I have a GRY on order (it is currently on a ship somewhere in the Indian Ocean having been ordered last year) and as earlier posters have said there are essentially no discounts to be had, especially now. The typical deposits required have also gone up. One or two people have got a few token items thrown for ordering from one dealer vs. another but that was a number of months ago before the bulk of the positive press. There is negotiation to be had for servicing packs though, as that is done by the dealers.

It seems that any cancelled orders are being given to people already in the queue, but there is a small and steady stream of 'cancelled' orders being taken by the original, now cancelling, customer to be sold on with a few miles on them as there is a bit of an overs market at the moment.

Have a read of the owners forum https://gr-yaris.co.uk/forum/ and the main two Facebook Groups are:

'Toyota GR Yaris Owners Club'

'Official Toyota GR Yaris UK Owners'

re. the numbers being built, apparently Toyota have said "in excess of 25,000 globally" but that includes a high volume JDM only version. The limiting factor seems to be how many can they make before they need the production line for the next GR (Corolla or '86, can't remember).