4 years old and going strong
By OTTR B on
Vehicle2001 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
right away used it in place of broken
down Plymouth minivan for a reenactment.
Were able to haul everything we had in
the minivan in the Echo--more careful
packing. Drove it to Alaska over the
Alaska Highway and back summer of 02.
10,748 miles. Averaged 38 mpg--best was
43 worst 32 (driving in Montana with A/C
on and somewhat over speed limit if
there was one). Only problem whole trip
was the A/C condensor line came off
because of washboard road--Alaska
Hiway--Yukon Ty--reconnected it dried
floor & kept going. Wife used it to
commute to school and work--both long
commutes. Never failed her. Work is
closer now so we'll see how it
does for shorter commutes.
Best FeaturesMileage Speedometer placement Storage High seats make entry/egress easy Comfort Reliability-OK we paid more for it but other than maintenance we've had no repairs. Our initially cheaper Neon was always in the shop. Considering repair cost and inconvenince Echo is cheaper to own
Worst FeaturesMore range settings on intermittent wipers--only one now. Make LH side view mirror adjustment more in reach--RH too I guess. Make front windows go down all the way. Make spare tire well large enough to accept a full size spare.
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