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Faithful, economical little commuter
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Vi Hook
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2003 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


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30 mpg in town, 40 mpg on the highway currently. No power-anything; it practically came without options except a heater and windshield wipers, but everything it did come with still works perfectly. It was 4 years old when I bought it used, and had been severely neglected (they let the oil turn to tar and let the levels stay low) but with an immediate oil change and regular maintenance since then, the little car has always run like a trooper with no major repairs needed, even though it is now 14 years old. Not very comfortable seats, and it's hard to get out of the back seat of a coupe, so it's best for the commuter, not the whole family. However, I'm 5'6" and I can more easily get back there to help my toddler in and out of the car seat in back in the Echo than I can in other 2-door cars, because of the height of the cabin shape.


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40 mpg! Im sold...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Mirson
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2003 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Not much leg room which makes it uncomfortable on long rides


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Love my Echo…
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By bispo1
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2003 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I now have 216,000 + miles. No major maintenance required.
I’ve kept up on the oil changes every 5000 miles and plugs and all the filters every 50,000 miles. I also had the transmission serviced at 100,000 and 200,000 mile marks. Mileage runs about 34 hwy and 28 city.
I’m not one to baby a car, I drive it hard (that’s why the MPG is so low)… I’m 6’ tall and weight is running a little over 200 lbs. The seats have held up excellent, both in form and material. I have plenty of leg and head room…
Total reliability


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Best Little Car
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By rickolano
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2003 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The car ain't sexy, it isn't good for Christmas shopping cause boxes don't fit in it like a 26" TV nor in the trunk. BUT BUT BUT>... Its the most reliable car I've ever had. I have owned Chrysler New Yorker, VW Jetta, Ford Capri, Ford Mustang, and Ford Pinto. This has outlasted all of them and cost the least in all areas. At just over 100,000 miles I had to replace the two drive belts, flush the radiator and transmission (never done before now). Easy to change your own oil and spark plugs. On my 3rd set of tires. Now a low droning humm indicates I need a rear wheel bearings replaced. Gas mileage is awesome and I won't give this car up nor sell it.
The cost to own is just too damn reasonable


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Gas mileage 40 to 42 mpg. Very peppy as I can literally beat any other small car on the road my size that isn't a racing car. Sits much higher up than most Honda which I love. Good speakers and sound enjoyment when playing a CD. Responsive steering.


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I think they discontinued the Echo because it was too inexpensive and competed in mpg with the Prius. So they made the Yaris, a much heavier though sexier looking car.


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281k and still going
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Doug
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2003 Toyota ECHO Coupe 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this car in 2007 with 213k miles, driven daily since and now at 281k miles. Doesn't use oil, needed few repairs, gets great mileage, and is comfortable enough to take on a trip.


Best Features

Mileage, room for the size, comfort, decent power, reliability.


Worst Features

An armrest would be nice


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