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#2524 of 5822 My two cents worth
Nov 07, 2001 (8:45 pm)
I haven't read this site in a few days and was amazed on how much activity there had been. Just some thoughts on recent postings:
Oil - I use the Mobil 1 synthetic and change it every 5,000 miles. Believe it or not, my local Toyota dealer offers it at a bargain price compared to those fast lube places.
Deals on 2001 Echos - I've seen some 2-door autos with air listed for as low as $9995 in the greater Atlanta area. I bought mine Sept. 9 and received a $1,000 debate from Toyota and got it for $11,000 with auto, air, rear defroster, mats and a couple of other weird options.
Echo vs Corolla - seating position, seating position, seating position. As you can image, I can't say enough about how easy it is to get in and out of the Echo. No, I do not weigh 300 lbs, only 200, and I'm not 7 feet tall, only 6 foot 1.
How far along econo cars have come - I just sold my wife's 1994 Ford Escort LX Hatchback to a friend for his daughter. I had to drive the thing 300 miles round trip to get the deal done. Although I got more than 40 mpg on that trip, it reminded me why I like my Echo so much. My Echo is quiet, very comfortable, has great visibility, and oh, did I mention, it's easy to get in and out of ...
#2525 of 5822 Echo vs Corolla
Nov 07, 2001 (11:04 pm)
I frankly never considered a Corolla...I prefer the Echo's styling. A lot of people snickered when I said that Echo is the direction of design for Toyota but you can see very strong connections with the new Celica, Highlander, and RAV4-highly defined creaseline starting with the headlight and prominent tail lights. I get claustrophobic just looking at the Corolla's cramped interior.
I was all set to buy a Focus ZX-3 when I dropped by a Toyota dealership to drive an Echo. Once I drove it I was sold...nothing comes close to its feeling of space and solid ride!!!
#2526 of 5822 brake booster recall
Nov 08, 2001 (6:27 am)
I received my recall notice yesterday.
Nov 08, 2001 (6:56 am)
When I was first looking into getting an Echo, I took along my roommate. Her response at seeing the car was, "Well, its your car but I don't like it." That was when the Echo first came out.
Fast forward to about two years later and my owning an Echo for almost a year and her opinion has changed so much about the looks (she now thinks it is cute) that she is considering buying an Echo herself.
I think the day to day exposure to the looks, the great gas mileage, and the great ride won her over.
#2528 of 5822 majorthom
Nov 08, 2001 (7:48 am)
I was one of those that thought it (the Echo) looked hideous when it first came out. However, it's one of those things that grew on me and I now love the way it looks!
Nov 08, 2001 (12:02 pm)
I'm finding that I can only cram about 10.3 gallons of gas into my Echo's tank, and that's filling it up from below empty. I've read that it's supposed to be 11.9 U.S. gallons. Is anybody else experiencing this?
Nov 08, 2001 (12:39 pm)
i think those numbers of how much a tank can hold is based on an empty tank - completely empty!
so i think unless we empty out the whole tank, i dont think we can get those numbers stated by the manufacturer.
i also believe it's not good to wait until u reach "E" before filling up again. i know of a few people who do this all the time. all of them run into problems with their injectors/carburetors. over time, gas tanks will have "dirt/garbage" at the bottom - so if u wait until gas level is low and then fill up, it'll start sucking the dirt and u end up with clogged injectors/carbs! if you don't run into problems with injectors/carbs, you will get stranded one of these days - run out of gas.
just my C$0.02 worth.
Nov 08, 2001 (12:56 pm)
I try and fill up when my tank is no less than 1/4 full. As winter is approaching, I am going to increase that to filling my tank when it hits the 1/2 full mark.
#2532 of 5822 Refilling...
Nov 08, 2001 (1:30 pm)
I have coasted into the gas station before, up to the pump before I filled up. With my new car (a 2002 Jetta 1.8T) I won't be doing that. I usually refill it when it gets to the 1/4 mark.
Nov 08, 2001 (1:31 pm)
Yeah, I've heard similar stories about injector problems from letting the tank go almost empty, though I don't think it matters much with an almost new car (mine's about 4 month's old), as there probably isn't much debris in the tank yet.
Another question: How are people finding the Echo holds up in ice and/or snow? With its light weight and narrow tires, I'm a little concerned about how it will perform in winter, on ice/sleet especially. I live in a hilly part of New England.