I just purchased a Toyota Yaris Semi Auto 1.33 MMT 2006 last week. As I only hold an Automatic driving licence, I have not driven a manual car before. When I was told this Yaris is automatic (the salesman did not tell me it is semi auto) before I bought it, I thought it would be the same quality as my old Toyota Yaris (2002) which I sold 2 months ago.
When I drove this car 2 days later after purchase, I stopped before the red traffic light on the road, hand break on, I put handbreak off when the red light changed to Green, but the car rolled backwards just before I switched my foot from break pedal to the accelerator. I was panic as the car nearly hit the car behind me, and I have never experienced this before, as I was told the Automatic car only can forward when it is in drive gear.but now I realised this weird gearbox is actually sequential manual gearbox, it has a clutch which is controlled by a hydraulic motor and an actuator unit that selects the gears for you. It is all controlled by a rather smart ECU.
I am trying to return this car back to Toyota dealer after I researched and read so many expert reviews and reports about this model. as I paid cash to buy this car, I am not sure if I can return this car ASAP, but as I said I was mislead to purchase it. The salesman kept saying that I will get used to the new system, but if it's supposed to be automatic in operation, why do i have to change my driving habits?
So here I am asking for any suggestion , your opinion, or experience on this matter. I want to buy a pure Automatic car which won't roll backwards after I put hand break off before acceleration.
Thank you for your help.