2001 Toyota ECHO Consumer Review: Good but could have been great

2001 Toyota ECHO - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Good but could have been great
By what could have been on


2001 Toyota ECHO 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


Bought used in may 2005 with 24,940 miles on it. It now has 34,600 miles on it. Had to fix a/c all new o-rings + recharge Freon for $150.00. Just fixed tie rod end link bushing-left front side $75.00. I avg 27 mpgs in winter short trip cold motor. The 1 long highway trip I took (150 miles round trip) I got 40.5 mpgs with the auto trans + a little a/c usage. Since I owned it I am averageing 32.5 mpgs. I had 195/60 14 tires put on but they had high rolling resistance. I didnt know this at the time I got them so I lost about 3 mpgs. I save every gas reciept. This car needs a more powerfull a/c system it only holds 17 oz of Freon crosswinds are hell in this thing on the highway. City driving is ok.

Best Features

Gas mileage. Ease of entry-exit seat height. Cassette with cd player nice.

Worst Features

This car could have been great if Toyota would have done the following: 1- put 195/60 15 tires with low rolling resistance on it 2- lowered the roofline 4 inches 3- a 2door hatchback model 4-more powerfull a/c system. 5- put in 4 gauge pkg from 03-06 corolla in front of the driver
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