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Gone but not forgotten
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By pprodshd
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This is an epitaph as our "toy car" was recently totaled while parked on the street. At 93K miles, we had done oil changes and a $150 brake job. We enjoyed 2+ years with no payment or service needs. Was a great city car and always an adventure going 70 mph with a cross wind. It had 100% more charisma than any other sub compact from then or now. She will be missed. Probably moving into a civic. BORING


Favorite Features

reliability, cost of ownership, fantastically bizarre styling and center dials. So strange.


Suggested Improvements

Really hard to pick up chicks in. Status symbol, wrong status.


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Gets me around
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By kevin
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Good car until recently I had to spend $300 for a starter then 2 weeks later $1400 to repair the manual transmission. Needed bearings, ring block for 5th gear and a few other things. Mechanic said the original fluid was still in there after 140,000 miles. It should be replaced at least every 40,000 miles so I guess it was my fault. Otherwise a great car.


Favorite Features

40 + MPG


Suggested Improvements

the dashboard


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Best car I've ever had.
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By bolvo
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had many cars in my life... from Mercedes Benz to Volvos to Nissan and Hondas. But boy did I ever own a Toyota? Not until now. I'm 40 and I can tell you reliability and Toyota go together. This little car goes. 5 Speed Standard. 350 miles per tank!! That's driving all over Houston for 10 days non-stop to the point where you forget what the car rolls on! And finally you remember to look at the fuel gauge... why? Because after 10 days of nothing but driving you are no longer concerned about gas or prices or even worrying about re-fueling. Cold A/C... small; easy to change the oil by yourself, brakes,etc... cheaper to fix... and it's a Toyota. Yep, reliable (period).


Favorite Features

Small - easy to fix; small but easy on your wallet. Reliable... lasts for years... longevity. You fall in love with a well made car. Except for the Made in China gray interior the whole car is nothing but a joy to drive. 5 speed standard.


Suggested Improvements

Better interiors, put in some nice dashboard... quality has its color and it's not cheap. Gray made in China.


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32 mpg since when
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By boomer
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The Edmunds review says 32 mpg. The Echo seems to have a variable mileage with actual mileage being closer to the 32 mark in sub-zero weather. However in actual driving here in Wisconsin I consistently get 40-42 mpg. Above 50 degrees I have gotten as much as 44 mpg. lately on a vehicle with over 110,000 miles on it. Funky steering in the wind, funky looking, but very roomy inside and well-built body. I'd buy one again in a heartbeat and no I'm not selling the one I have.


Favorite Features

I love that center speedo. I don't like looking over or through a wheel with trifocals. It's easy to get used to. This car got a lot of unfair diss on styling. It has CHARACTER! at a reasonable price!


Suggested Improvements

Put Blizzaks on it in the winter.


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Outside side mirrors should be bigger
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By Eddie
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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My little Echo is great, however there should be an inside control pad for the outside side mirrors. I noticed that this feature would be great as backing up or changing lanes you want to see the whole picture, the outside mirrors are small so I find that I have to look over my should a lot more especially when changing lanes. I looked into having a control pad installed and they informed me that it would cost me a bundle as they would have to redo the computer chip set and wiring.


Favorite Features

I love the storage compartments, and the fuel economy and that the automatic has the shifter down between the seats instead of in the steering column,


Suggested Improvements

A inside control panel for outside, side mirrors and that the side mirrors are larger.


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Couldn't Ask for a Better Car!
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By Niblackfeet
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I just can't say enough about this little gem. What I "sacrifice" in luxury and styling (and not a big sacrifice, it's a conveyance, not a living room!) I make up in performance and fuel economy. I have had this car for 4 years and have, admittedly, been pretty rough with it. I haven't yet had it in the shop except for yearly inspections. Recently, on a long, flat, straight trip, I traveled 500 miles on a tank of gas. I estimate the tank to be about 11 gallons so you do the math! 5 people can fit comfortably and the trunk space is phenomenal. It's easy to park and easy to drive. If you want a reliable car and feel responsible for environmental impact, this is the way to go


Favorite Features

Trunk size, fuel economy, ease in parking and handling.


Suggested Improvements

Maybe a flatter dashboard (but then again, I can just finish my coffee at home!).


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Who needs a Smartcar??!
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By Justin
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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When I drive my Echo, I forget that it is a 1.5 liter VVT-i and not a sports car. I was surprised when I test drove it, as I was expecting the response to compare to a Ford Tempo. The car has more interior room than my brothers 2008 Aveo, and my other brothers 2008 Focus! It is not the fastest car on the block, but it sure is fun to drive! I own the manual, so I wouldn't even want to ever drive an auto again!


Favorite Features

45 hwy MPG! 33 city! averages about 37! The room, the response, and the handling!


Suggested Improvements

Body style could have been more suited to both sexes, not just female! Mine is red, and reminds me of a cherry. NOT GOOD.


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45 mpg gold mine
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By Carla J.
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased this car because I was traveling 136 miles daily to and from work. I don't know how Toyota made a car that is so peppy (it made me feel 10 years younger just driving it) yet so easy on gas (45mpg). It's a small car but it rides great. The trunk room is unbelievable and if you need more room the back seats fold down. I love the simplicity (fewer things to go wrong with it). I've added flames and white letter tires to spruce up the looks of it. I call it the little car nobody wanted because it had been on the car lot for several months and nobody wanted it because it had a manual transmission and the way it looked. Their loss, my gain!


Favorite Features

I love the way i can zip around and get great gas mileage. Roomy inside. This car drives like no other I've owned!


Suggested Improvements

Add more radiator protection in the front. I had to put a peice of screen in front of mine to protect it!


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It's all good from here!
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By Joshie
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This car is the best car for your money. It is so roomy and has so much storage it seems unnecessary to have the amount that it does. I have had 5 people in my car and everyone fits comfortably. I am also 6'8" and I fit in with no problem. Although the fuel economy is not what is listed (28 city) I think I drive too fast to get what is listed, but highway seems very good. Even though this car is small it can sustain a speed hovering around 80 mph. This car is great.


Favorite Features

The amount of space, price, fuel economy, reliability, and instrument placement.


Suggested Improvements

The front grille is nasty, the head lights are ugly, but the rear lights are cool, the interior could be more modern.


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Great Car!
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By Krystal
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2002 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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This car is tops! I got an ECHO in 2001 for Christmas, I've never had a problem with it (other than a recall in 2006). Starts up in bad weather and is a great car for teens. Cheap to maintain and the gas mileage is wonderful. I drove from Madison to Chicago and back (~350miles) and still had 1/4 tank of gas left! Very roomy, especially the trunk. People are always surprised how much room is in that small of a car. Extremely reliable and REALLY fun to drive (5 speed manual)!


Favorite Features

5 speed. Trunk space. Speedometer placement (get comments on it all the time).


Suggested Improvements

None, this car is excellent!


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