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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#2841 of 5822 2003 Corolla
Feb 19, 2002 (5:57 pm)
Hey Slugline -- your summation of the 2003 Corolla was exactly my thoughts when I saw it at a local autoshow last week. WoW, what a nice looking vehicle, much more upscale than the Echo, and eeeek... the seating is also very comfortable and high. Had I waited 4 months, I would have bought the new Corolla afterall -- and this coming from someone who really loves her ECHO. Some things I would miss though would be the center mounted pod, and I still think there is more room in the back seat of the ECHO. I don't ever have a desire to *upscale* in the Toyota line and a good thing too -- IMHO, Camry's and above are still pretty blah looking. Is there a more non-descript car on the road than the Solara or Avalon?? Snoooooooze......
#2842 of 5822 air filter for ECHO
Feb 19, 2002 (6:18 pm)
....the Toyota air filter for my ECHO cost $11.99 and as it lasts for 30,000 miles you might consider it over the purelator.
Feb 19, 2002 (6:23 pm)
I had the opportunity to crawl all over a Corolla when the dealership, where I bought my Echo, got a couple in. The build quality is top notch. I did not feel that I was sitting as high or as upright in the Corolla as I do in my Echo. The Corolla is definitely on my roommate's list of cars to replace her Galant, but the Echo also remains on that list.
Feb 19, 2002 (8:46 pm)
My opinion of the new corolla is that it resembles the honda civic. certainly better looking than the older corolla model, but not as striking as the echo. The gray interior looked rather blah to me, no contrast as in the echo's interior. Again, better looking than last year's, and yet, it doesn't do anything for me.
Feb 21, 2002 (2:05 pm)
I think I am just a different market segment than many others who post here. I don't want more "options" made standard on the Echo. I dont want a car with power windows or automated door locks. I don't want a heavier car like the new Corolla. To me the Echo is minimal in that it weighs little, uses little gas, yet has the wonderful roominess that we appreciate. And it is a lively and responsive car with Toyota dependability.
...Maybe there are not enough people with my attitudes to support a major car model, or maybe the Echo just turns off too many people on the looks alone to be more successful.
#2846 of 5822 ECHO Options response to wrgraham
Feb 21, 2002 (3:50 pm)
I can certainly relate to your summation of why you chose the ECHO. I downgraded from a top of the line SUV (Blazer LT) and haven't looked back. The *only* things I found more appealing with the new Corolla was the wheelbase (I think it would ride better on the highway), and the upholstery -- looks a bit more substantial than the ECHO. As far as options -- I was thrilled to have NON-power seats in the ECHO. I hated, hated, hated them in my SUV because my husband and I are very different in size and to make the adjustments would take what seemed like an eternity. I love being able to just lift up the bar and zip into place. However, until the ECHO, I couldn't find a vehicle with seats high enough (kudu's to the ECHO again). And power windows -- bleeeech. Give me a crank window any day. Of course, I don't drive through toll booths so my tune may be different if that were the case. I live in North Dakota and cruise control is something that one can actually use because you only pass about 6 cars on the Interstate <gg>. However, if I lived in a place where traffic was heavy, I doubt I would miss cruise control. I "do" miss it, but can live without it. I am also happy to report that now that our weather is warmer I'm seeing much better gas mileage
Feb 22, 2002 (10:32 pm)
How much did you pay for your basic Echo and what year is it? We are very disappointed with our local Toyota dealer. They quoted $13,005 for a 2002 basic Echo w/o a/c or pwr steering and a 4 month wait. We offered $12K, which we thought was very generous; he basically laughed at us.
#2848 of 5822 How much did you pay for your basic Echo and what year is it?
Feb 23, 2002 (5:49 am)
I paid #10,500 plus tax and license. I live in San Diego. This car is a 2001 Echo with air and power steering but nothing else.
Feb 23, 2002 (7:41 am)
Anyone have an Echo with serious mileage on it like 50k or so? Curious to hear how they are holding up. Any word on any changes for 03?
#2850 of 5822 Echo options
Feb 23, 2002 (9:43 am)
I'm another one who likes the fact that you can get an Echo without lots of added gadgets. Mine doesn't have power door locks or windows, and I didn't want these things. I plan on keeping my car a long time, and as far as I'm concerned, these kinds of features are just more things to eventually break. About the only option I wanted was air conditioning.
There is a market for "optionless" cars, but it's obviously not very big, or the car manufacturers would take advantage of it and offer more cars like this. And for more expensive models than the Echo, it can be hard to find a car that doesn't have all sorts of undesired options added. For example, a friend of mine wanted a Camry with manual transmission, no power windows and doors, etc, and had to wait several months to get it. I had a similar experience when I briefly looked at the Solara: they all come with power stuff, and in addition, the only 5-speed models I ever found had over $1000 of extraneous things like spoilers and power seats added on.
I also was happy to find a good selection of Echos with manual transmissions; I am so used to shifting gears that an automatic transmission is, yes, just another option I don't want.