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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)



Vehicle Summary

Base model, 2007 Toyota Yaris hatchback with California Convenience Package.

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

The Story

1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? Back in 2007, just a few weeks after paying it off, I totalled my Honda Civic. Wanting a new car under warranty to commute to work with, but not wanting to break the bank, I purchased this base model Toyota Yaris hatchback from a Toyota dealership in South Orange County, CA. From a looks perspective, the Yaris reminded me a little of the Peugeot 206, which I was fond of from my experience with them when traveling to Europe for work back in 2003. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? I like mods that make people question whether or not they're factory options, so none of my mods are that far out. More of an aggressive OEM look. I started with aftermarket power windows and door locks. Negotiated them as part of the purchase and they were installed by a car audio shop the dealership had a relationship with. My most recent mod was a set of Enkei RPF1 wheels to replace the first set of aftermarket wheels I had on the car, which were showing their age. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? This is a tough call but I'd narrow it down to either my Tein S. Tech springs, or Pioneer touchscreen head unit. The springs lowered the car about 2" and provided a huge external visual impact, but the Pioneer touchscreen gave me a ton of interior convenience, which is where we spend the bulk of our time in a car. Coincidentally, they both cost me around the same amount of money. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? The Yaris forum was and continues to be a great resource for both mod ideas and feedback on various parts. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge with my car has been keeping it looking as clean as it does after 10 years. Things people don't really see, like having a variety of body parts repainted, a couple color sand/buff jobs, and more carwashes than my wallet cares to remember! 6. What are you planning next? My short list includes eyelids for the headlights and some aftermarket speakers. The Pioneer head unit woke the factory speakers up, but I really need some proper door speakers, a subwoofer and amplifier to do it right. I've had my eye on some sportier seats, too. More long-term, perhaps after getting a new car, I'd like to swap the stock 1.5L 1NZFE engine for the 1.8L 2ZRFE engine that came in the Toyota Corolla and Scion xB of the same generation. It's a relatively easy swap that mates to the same transmission for a 30 horsepower and torque gain without adding any significant weight.

Comments (27)
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[]Joshua C.

That is a clean XP90..

[]Ernie Szots

Thanks! You've had quite the fleet of rides yourself. I liked several of them from the rides page before realizing they all belonged to you lol.

[]Joshua C.

Yeah - I have a passion or an addiction not sure which lol

[]Tom Armstrong

VERY NICE. I love the RPF1's, car looks great!

[]Ernie Szots

Thanks, brotha!

[]Liam Page

Ayyyy, good see other putting work into their econoboxes. Nice ride man, tastefully modded!

[]Ernie Szots

Hey, thanks for the kind words! Tasteful mods is exactly what I was going for. Econoboxes for the win!

[]James Bagguley

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

[]Ernie Szots

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

[]James Bagguley

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

[]Ernie Szots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[]Ryan GTT

Nice Machines! DAT MPG dough!

[]Ernie Szots

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

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

[]Ernie Szots

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

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

No doubt, will do!

[]Nate Beyer

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

[]Ernie Szots

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

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

[]Ernie Szots

Thank you, David! I appreciate the kind words.

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