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ERNIE SZOTS'S2007 Toyota Yaris2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)

Ernie Szots's 2007 Toyota Yaris 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
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2007 Toyota Yaris

2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)



Horsepower106 HP
Torque103 LB-FT
Curb Weight2293 LB
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
Engine Size1.5 L
Transmission TypeManual
MPG (City/Highway)32 MPG

The Story

Two weeks after paying off my '98 Honda Civic LX - I totaled it. Being in a bit of a financial crunch, but wanting a new car under warranty, I purchased this 2007 Toyota Yaris liftback. Aside from maybe a sound system (which I still haven't completed), I never really intended to modify the car until I learned about Yaris World...

A decade later, my modest little Vader helmet turns a few heads from time to time. Not sure what the future holds for it, but it's been a great ride so far and I intend to keep it even after eventually buying a new car.

2ZR-FE swap, anyone?

Comments (20)

[]James Bagguley 1 point

Vader helmet is an epic description! Sitting real pretty, a swap would compliment things nicely.

[]Ernie Szots 2 points

Ha, thank you! Vader helmet aka Bullet Bill lol. I'd love to eventually get to that swap.

[]James Bagguley 1 point

Sure you'll get there bud, forgive my ignorance and spamming your page here, but is it a straight bolt in affair?

[]Ernie Szots 2 points

Not spamming at all; that's what all this is for. To the contrary, I appreciate your interest. The swap is basically straight forward. The 1.8L, 2ZRFE engine (typically sourced from Corollas or Scion xB's of the same generation) mates to the OEM Yaris transmission. Some basic harness splicing is needed and one, or two, of the Corolla/xB engine mounts are used, but for the most part it is a straight bolt in affair. There's a gent on that swapped his sedan in his driveway over a weekend and had his first track day with it recently. It's an immediate 30 bhp increase with virtually no weight gain. The most impressive one I've seen so far belongs to Tom Armstrong. You can find his Yaris sedan here on Wheelwell and his YouTube vids on it are interesting, too.

[]James Bagguley 2 points

Awesome! Appreciate the detail of your reply too man, 30 hp out of the box is not to be sneezed at in a light car. Gotta get looking around on here.

[]Deanry Dupit 2 points

Haha, I bought my Yaris to replace my EG Civic hatch similar to your story. Only that my civic was stolen and stripped leaving me stranded. Nice work!

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

Thanks, and funny coincidence! Another is that I've had my eye on the Focus RS since learning they were coming stateside. Yours is a glorious example.

[]Deanry Dupit 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate the kind words. Sometimes I fantasize building a Rally Yaris. I'm sure it'll still get 32mpg without trying just like stock.

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

Rally Yaris would be sweet! There are some interesting builds on the Yaris forum, Some include off-road Yaris' and even an amazing dump truck/snow plow Yaris. Some folks have talked about building a rally Yaris and even added some light bars, but I don't recall seeing a fully fleshed out one yet. Some folks are following the official Toyota rally Yaris, which is Toyota's return to rally after some number of years.

[]Deanry Dupit 1 point

I've see that official one you are referring to and that is exactly what i was thinking of!

[]Ryan GTT 2 points

Nice Machines! DAT MPG dough!

[]Ernie Szots 2 points

Thanks! Can't complain about MPG, that's for sure lol. Having said that, it's fascinating how the tech is catching up. My sister's boyfriend just bought a 2017 Chevy Silverado and they claim 25 MPG from it's 5.3 liter engine!

[]Ryan GTT 1 point

Truly I only care about HP to Weight LOL see for context ;)

[]Ernie Szots 2 points

No doubt lol. I checked out your channel after you posted the Ferrari vid. As I commented on the post, the Griswold edit was brilliant.

[]Ryan GTT 1 point

Right! Silly me, well I just saw a sweet Tiny Toyota I want to swap a 3S-GTE into, so "We meet again". Keep checking in, hoping to snag a Yaris soon.

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

No doubt, will do!

[]Nate Beyer 2 points

32mpg!!! Wow! A little better than 77 Monte's 6mpg. Thanks for the comment and like on it btw...

[]Ernie Szots 2 points

32 mpg - 106 hp LOL! Far cry from the 500 you're working with. No problem for the comment/like; your car is gorgeous.

[]David Katrandzhyan 2 points

I love what you did whith this yaris. Nice 1.

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

Thank you, David! I appreciate the kind words.

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