I've put 54000 miles on the Echo in two
years, and during that time the only
glitches I've found were poor handling
and soft paint. The poor handling was
due to improper inflation of the tires
causing a rearend skittering at high
speeds. The steering is light and
precise when the tires are properly
inflated, and the handling improved
greatly with a tire upgrade. So the
only true complaint comes with the idea
that a bug can go right through the
paint. The hood needs to be sanded and
I weigh close to 300# and am over six
feet tall, yet I can enter and exit the
Echo with ease, better than ANY
vehicle other than a mini van or suv.
The placement of the guages is great:
right under the mirror, and not impeded
by the tilt steering wheel at any angle.
The overdrive button needs to be placed
where it can't be accidentally
activated by an errant knee during a
turn. The results of such a condition
can be scary at 65mph.
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