We have over 100,000 miles on our Echo
and still have the same spark plugs,
coolant, battery, clutch...everything
except 2 sets of tires and 1 set of
brakes. Never had a minutes trouble out
of this car, it still drives as well as
the day we boughht it new and the fuel
economy is awesome. We will definitely
by another Echo in 2 years. YOU CANNOT
GO WRONG WITH THIS CAR!
Distinctive dashboard, reliability and
More comfortable seats and an available
sportier version with sunroof and allow
wheels would be a plus.
I wanted a reliable car. Toyota has
the "bullet proof" rep for quality -
and Consumer Reports gave the Echo the
highest quality rating of the low-end
compact sedans. I am very pleased with
the gas mileage - better than Kia,
Hyundai, or Chevy Aveo - and I've
really appreciated that with gas prices
being so high this summer. I really
don't car about styling, acceleration,
handling - it's a good little car to
get me to work. I don't want to spend
time haggling with auto mechanics
trying to rip me off and I think the
Echo has the built-in quality to stay
out of the shop.
Great Gas mileage
I wouldn't try to improve it. It's a
commuter car - why try to turn it into
something it's not?
My wife & I bought the Echo new in '01.
My ego had inhibitions, but it was for
her & I respected Toyota quality. I
inherited a '97 Grand Prix GT. Although
the Echo is a bit under-powered for my
taste, I'd drive it over any car I've
had. It's functional, fun & easy to
drive, capable & economical. Edmunds
latest review wasn't useful. It seemed
they were evaluating it on standards it
wasn't built for. If you want a gas-
guzzling, gangly, glorified minivan
(refering to SUV's), you won't be
interested in a small car. We love it
(including our 8-week old whose car
seat fits great). And the crash test
results Edmonds was so worried about
later received 4 of 5 stars.
Mine is actually a 2000 5-speed sedan.
Selection list did not go back past
2003. But I love mine, it has 64,000
miles and has not skipped a beat. It
has been driven hard due to my lead
foot! I run synthetic oil in engine
and tranny. 0w-30 in the engine,and
75w-90 in the tranny. Helped alot with
pickup and dealer put it in for me. I
also run a aftermarket air filter, and
took out the baffle in the air box.
Put on different muffler, but not a
cannon like all other imports, still
quiet. I love out running honda's and
ford's and getting better gas milage in
the process. Would keep this car even
if I won the lottery!
Center cluster,gas milage, rev happy
engine, lot's of storage
better support from TRD for speed
parts, car from factory is just fine.