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Toyota Car Stories

Are you Toyota’s biggest fan in the UK, or are you part of a Toyota-only family? Has your Toyota kept you moving through flood and drought, regardless of road conditions? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, then we want you to get in touch and tell us more about your Toyota car stories.

Perhaps you’ve clocked up a record mileage, or kept your car in tip-top condition by having it serviced at your local Toyota centre. If you have, why not get in contact and let us know.

Was your first Toyota passed down from mum and dad? Or will you be passing yours onto your kids? Do you drive the oldest Toyota on the road in the UK, or perhaps the most valuable?

We know that there are brilliant Toyota car stories out there – we just need you to help us tell them. We enjoy hearing about Toyota People.

Submitting your story couldn’t be easier, simply fill in the form below. If your car stories attract the interest of our team of editors and community managers, we will take care of the rest.


  1. To whom it may concern,
    I’d like to tell you our Toyota Story. Our family has 2 Toyota Siennas and had a Celica.
    The first was purchased in 2003 as a family van, then my oldest son used it until he purchased a Toyota Celica, at which time we gave it to my youngest son, now my youngest son and oldest son share it because someone hit the Celica and totaled it.
    The Sienna has 296,000 miles on it. We are having a big party when it hits 300,000 miles. Which with the amount we drive will be soon.
    We also have a 2004 Toyota Sienna that I got after I passed the other one down to my son, we use this to travel all over the country with my son’s band. This van has 142,000 miles on it.
    I think it would be neat to do a commercial celebrating 300,000 miles for our one toyota and
    for the other. I think our story of driving all across the country with the van in every type of weather
    would let people know why they should choose Toyota.

    I’ve attached photos of both vans and their miles. They are actually higher, I took these photos about 2 weeks ago.

    Cindy Russo

    1. Dear Cindy,
      Firstly, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to write to us and tell us your family story with Toyota.
      It’s certainly a milestone, literally, hitting the 300,000 mile mark! We’re don’t often hear of customers who’ve got such high mileage cars and it’s great to hear that they’re still running well.
      We’ve got your contact details and will share your story with the team here. Should we be ready to make a story on the blog, we’ll be in touch.
      Many thanks, once again, for getting in touch, we really do appreciate it.
      Kind regards.

  2. No, I have not pulled the space shuttle, but i recently purchased a 31 foot travel trailer. I weighed the truck and trailer loaded with fuel. The combined total was 14,490 and the Tundra pulled like there was no tomorrow. I was amazed that this truck behaved so well and the fuel mileage was equal to many diesel pushers (9.75 mpg). I am very happy with the 2011 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 2wd 5.7.

  3. I have been a Toyota owner since 2004 Starting with a Toyota Sequoia which had 6,88976miles on it .

    I traded for a 2008 highlander Hybrid light silver loved it was so quiet . Just wasn’t too pleased with the gas milage on the road ,around town was great.which I drove till my warranty was about to expire was afraid of having to buy batteries .so

    I traded for a 2013 highlander limited charcoal gray had had foe 7 days . I spent the morning at the dealership having running boards installed . I left there and started to ck. on my handicapped son but came around a curve only to see a buck 2002 model in my lane I swirved to avoid hitting it head on and hit passage side to passanger side to passanger turned my car almost back the way I came from .
    It was in slow motion I said oh lord help me get out of the way , I asked the Lord if this was the way it was gona end for me?
    The air bags deployed windshield cracked ,seatbelt cut into my side , chipped my pelvis on the left side .
    The shoulder belt t rubbed all the skin off my collar bone and down to my sternum.
    Broke my ankle from the impact.
    I was in the hospital for a week after sugery to repair my ankle. Totaled my s.u.v. almost totaled me.

    My Husband went to clean out my car before it was sold at the wrecker service he found in my seat a piece of sheet music that was out of the portfolio of music in the back seat that was shut.
    The song was” Safe in the Hollow of God’s Hands ”
    My Husband said you got your answer when he handed me the music he found in my seat .

    I was out of commission for six mo.’s finally was able to drive after boot came off so I purachased yet another Highlander 2012 pearl white with 11 thousand miles on it., people asked why I said between the Lord and my Highlander i’m still here if it ant broke don’t fix it.
    So I basically have had 3 highlanders in just over a year’s time.

    1. Hello Nancy
      That is some story and it is great to hear that you were all ok after the incident.
      We buy cars fitted with safety technology and never think we will ever use it but when the unavoidable does occur it is good to hear everything works as it should and of course you also had the right piece of music in the car as well.
      Have you told Toyota in the United States your story? I am sure that they would love to hear this too.
      We do hope that you are now fully recovered and would like to extend our very best wishes to you from all at Toyota here in the UK.
      One last point was the staggering 688,976 miles covered in your Sequoia. This is one of the highest mileages we have heard of covered in a Toyota vehicle. We do not sell this vehicle here so great to hear all about it.
      Best wishes.

  4. We purchased a brand new Toyota Corolla in 1996 and it is still going strong. Our four sons learned to drive it during their teens (they are now 25, 30, 33, and 34). It has been rear-ended twice and has hit three deer during its lifetime. It currently has a little over 319,000 miles on it. We have only done brake work on it, added oil occasionally, purchased new tires and just recently replaced the alternator – only a few minor repairs in its 18 years. At this point it has become a game to see how long it runs. I’d say it is pretty reliable.

    I purchased a 2004 Camry in 2007. I LOVE this car!
    Recently I was bragging that in 6 miles the car would roll to 400,000 Miles. 🙂
    Unfortunately, last week I noticed something was not right. I took it to get looked at and the service gentleman said I think you need a new head gasket but with all these miles I think it’s time you get a different car. I have another car and it’s a newer model (not a Toyota) and it doesn’t hold a candle to my Camry.
    I am still able to drive the Camry, slowly and short distances. I was told not to get it hot because of the motor.
    This is a car that since 2004 has only needed the following repaired: a belt, spark plugs, and tires.
    The thought of not being able to drive this car really saddens me. It’s pearl white body is still in excellent condition and the cloth fabric interior still looks good. I just can’t say enough about this amazing car.
    The safety and comfort this Toyota Camry has provided is amazing.
    I hope to one day purchase another great Toyota but I wanted to tell you my Toyota story and say thank you for providing a feeling of safety and trust that come along with these amazingly built cars.

    1. Hi Julie,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for sharing this great story, we’re happy to hear you have so many great memories with it.

      The Camry has an incredibly rich history with us starting with it’s first entry into the UK market in 1983, you can read more about this here:

      We hope to see you behind the wheel of a Camry again in the future. Feel free to take a look at our new Camry in Platinum Pearl white here:


  6. I have had my Toyota for 10 Years and it has been an excellent car, on Friday 6th June 2020 i finished work got to my car and turned on the engine my Toyota Prius at work car park in, my heart sank. The noise coming out of the vehicle was terrible, but i knew precisely why.
    my catalytic converter had been stolen – and not for the first time. Just three months earlier, the previous catalytic converter had been stolen while his Prius was parked on the driveway at the family home Windsor. Now his insurance is up for renewal, and his company, Direct Line, has told him it will not offer cover again. I cant believe Toyota is not informing all its customers of how easy and serious this is, ive just paid Berkshire Toyota £1018 for a new one but the lock is £250 which I cannot afford, I cant believe how expensive this is, for the first time in 10 years I have regrets for buying this Toyota.
    what can I do

    1. Hi,

      We’re very sorry to hear that your vehicle has been targeted by criminals.

      Toyota published police advice on this crime as soon as it could online, wrote to our dealer network to brief customers and wrote directly to owners of a number of our vehicles where we had details to do so. We have tried to ensure as many of our customers as possible are aware.

      We have developed and are supplying theft deterrent devices at zero profit such as CatLocs and tilt alarms. We’re sorry that this is still unaffordable for you.

      If you’d like to discuss this further, please contact our customer relations team here:

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