I inherited this little guy from my parents when i left for college, with 85,000 miles on it. I have since taken it up to 105,000 miles, because I commute every day to school. Even after 100,000 miles there has NEVER been a single maintenance issue. The thing still runs like a champ. I consistently get 40-43 mpg in the city, and 50 on highway trips. It has a decent amount of space, and can fit four people nicely. The trunk is pretty big, and i have crammed quite a bit of stuff in it. Honestly the most economical car i have ever seen or driven. Its also pretty spunky. The acceleration is decent, and she likes the higher rpms. I have beaten this car up and its still running strong.
purchased it used with over 92k.miles and and added 140k.miles with no major problems(every 4k.miles oil&filter and 3 sets of tires &2 tune ups)I love this car i have 2 cars but this is the one i mostly drive due mpg (average 42mpg city&hwy ) this one is a keeper for its life or my life.
My 2003 seats 5 adults, has a huge trunk, and is small on the outside. I have a manual and drive conservatively, and have averaged 49 mpg on mixed driving over the last 12 years. At 246,000, I had my first age related repair - a wheel bearing, then a resonator at 270,000. Otherwise, oil changes, battery and tires, plugs, and it just goes. Professional reviewers complain about the styling, but I love the big windows, headroom, and storage space that includes two glove compartments, two cubbies, a driver side shelf and passenger side drawer. The trunk, holding 6 suitcases plus more, is bigger than most intermediate cars. The wonderful center console is never blocked by the steering wheel and reduces nighttime glare.
I haven't had my Echo but 5 months, so I can't speak to long term reliability. In consumer reviews it is rated as excellent. I do know for certain it is one of the lowest priced new cars. Gas mileage on mine is currently 47 mpg. Awesome! I highly recommend the Echo.
I bought this car at 90k miles, sold around 110k because was moving (otherwise would have kept it). I bought it after owning a little honda civic, so a couple differences became apparent. I had a manual, and the shifting on the Echo was definitely clunkier. It worked, but had nowhere near the finesse of the Honda. I did like the seat height, it made the car easy to get in and out of, much better than the civic that way. Also liked the windows, felt like I could see so much more in the Echo. I never had a problem with this car all the time that I owned it, and it got excellent fuel economy, previous owner quoted me 37 mixed city/highway, and I know on road trips the fuel economy was out-of-this-world unbelievable. The car was not very good on snow and ice. Probably the short/narrow wheelbase and light weight, but it's squirrely as hell on icy roads (this is in comparison to other little cars).