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#1202 of 5806 Any Help Greatly Appreciated!
Feb 26, 2001 (4:41 pm)
Hi! I have been following this group for some time now. I think you all are a group of great people. I have a question about something, though. In numerous posts I see different people ordering ECHO from the factory. I was wondering how are you doing this? I have talked to our different Toyota dealers around here and they say that they have to take whatever the factory gives them, but they can go to other dealerships to see if they have what you want. I also called 1-800- gotoyota and they told me the same thing. am waiting for the 2002 ECHO to come out before I purchase, but I want to make sure they will have what I want. I want a Satin Gold 4 Dr 5 sp, with option packages 1 and 2, all weather package, spoiler and alloy wheels. I know all the options probably won't be the same on the 2002 as on the 2001, but like I said, I am only in the planning stage right now. Any help would be really, really appreciated. BTW I am in the Dayton-Cincinnati thanks in advance!!!!!! Keep on ECHO-ing
Feb 26, 2001 (6:01 pm)
Well, I did it! I've been researching and reading this site for 2 months and I finally bought a 2door automatic ECHO this past Saturday! Thanks for all the info. you guys! You all sound like happy happy customers for the most part. I Can't wait!! Everytime I see an Echo on the road I get envious. But soon, so soon, I will be driving my own. One crappy thing I have to do first though, is trade my Tercel in.....sadness. I'm really gonna feel bad about that. She was good to me....can we all have a moment of silence for my old Tercel? I'm cleaning her and shining her up so she can make a graceful exit. Anyone have separation anxiety with their old cars?
#1204 of 5806 Ordering ECHO
Feb 26, 2001 (6:01 pm)
In my experience you have to buy one that is already made. The dealer did not say absolutely that you COULD NOT custom order your own ECHO, but I believe that the DEALER looks on that as a major hassle. That's my experience YEMV.
#1205 of 5806 koyoteee Post #1185
Feb 26, 2001 (6:06 pm)
I had similar thoughts while piloting my Echo through strong winds. I felt that it was like wind surfing and when you understand and get used to it, it can be fun!
Feb 26, 2001 (6:36 pm)
I am a sophmore in high school and have a black sand pearl echo. its a great car. Everyone is always asking me what it is. There aren't very many of them around. I like because i'm the one paying for the gas and i've filled it up twice in 800 miles.
#1207 of 5806 re: ordering
Feb 26, 2001 (8:30 pm)
I had a hard time even finding Echo's on the lots of the dealerships I visted before finding mine.
A lot of the dealers don't seem open to ordering one as they are only concerned with moving what they have to 'up' their allocations.
Mine was close to everything I wanted and had the dealer take cost off for the things I didn't want.
cats_echo: I'm jealous!!! I love the Echo in black! Mine is the Electric Green which is nice but not as rare as yours!
It's funny how everyone thinks mine is longer than others due to the rear spoiler and pinstriping...
Feb 26, 2001 (9:29 pm)
Good luck with your new ECHO! I think you will find it a major improvment on the Tercel, its much roomier and a little snappier to drive. I've driven my friends TERCELS and liked them a lot in fact that's what I was going to Toyota to look at when shopping for a new car...but instead of Tercel there was ECHO....
Feb 26, 2001 (11:27 pm)
I'm just about to buy an echo. I've always been a 5 speed man but the local dealer has an auto trans that is in the color I want as well as all the options. I did think the manual was a bit sluggish in 2nd but was killer in 4 and 5. The auto seemed to rev pretty high before shifting. Can any of you echoites persuade me to go to automatic, or should I stick with manual tranny? The availability of 5 speeds with the options I want seems to be pretty slim out here in California.
Feb 27, 2001 (6:21 am)
don't know much about manual, learned but never had the desire to drive one with the heavy stop and go traffic we have on the roads I travel.
I have an auto and I really like the way it shifts. It's quick, smooth and fast and two weeks after we bought car last May we took a trip and got 41 mpg with straight highway driving. The overdrive cutoff switch is an especially nice feature.
#1211 of 5806 5-speed
Feb 27, 2001 (8:26 am)
Yes it is hard to find 5-speeds and you are right about 2nd gear. That said, I am very happy with the 5-spd and the clutch is one of the best I've used.
I drive the high dessert a lot so manuals are the only way to go! My daily commute is heavy stop and go but not an issue. Besides, the $1000 that would go for an auto could be used for other goodies!