by mikebean on May 3, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota ECHO 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
This car has been in my family since it was purchased for ~$10k in 2001.
There is currently 130k miles on it. I'm still averaging around 40mpg in the summer and 36mpg in the winter. Crazy that this car is still worth something in the neighborhood of $3-3.5k private party. You can't ask for more than that. If it weren't for the need to fit two car seats (2nd child on the way), I would never give this car up. It's just too good of a value. I should also mention that it's very fun to drive.
Work performed: computer failed at about 90k ($1100), bushings replaced (120k),
engine coil replaced (120k), catalytic converter needs to be replaced along with the exhaust (MN winters = rust + holes)
by donwayne on Jul 7, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota ECHO 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my car in Feb. 2001 with the sticker telling me that my MPG would be 38/43. I have been lucky to have had company cars, so I now have barely 69K miles on the engine. I now have been using my car more for work, driving in town, and out of town. Besides oil changes and new tires, I have not had to have any other work done on my car. I calculated a month ago that I was getting 38 MPG, so I am very happy with this car. I just hate they do not make it anymore. The big space is so unexpected for such a small car.
by longhaulbill on Apr 23, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota ECHO 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
If you can find a used one, buy it! After driving my PT Cruiser back and forth to work (100 miles r/t), I was getting exhausted for money. I was averaging 22 MPG on the highway. My friend has a 2001 ECHO and told me with 236K miles on it, he was averaging 44 miles per gallon. So I wen shopping, found one with 92K for 4200.00. I am averaging 47.4 miles per gallon. It is a 5 speed and has air and power steering. It is not a hybrid, gut a little gas sipper. I love this car and with gas at $ 4.30 per gallon, this is a dream. Fun to drive as well.
by Bladw on Aug 11, 2007 Vehicle: 2001 Toyota ECHO 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Roomy as can be. You have to see how much interior room there really is. 40-46 MPG all the time. No A/C from the factory is bad, but is tolerable while driving. $1300 to install air is too expensive after the fact. Top reliable car rating. Lower the rear 1" and add a strut tower brace and the handling improves dramatically. Parts might be expensive because it's an import, but this car will probably never need any. No service needed until 250,000 miles for the timing chain replacement! Outstanding. If it had A/C i would enjoy it better. These cars are hard to find because everyone keeps theirs. 40+ MPG is addictive .
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