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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#2937 of 5821 That would be a shame.
Apr 07, 2002 (7:17 am)
Only 4 years of production? I say it won't need a replacement if Toyota could get a small sedan for Scion here by the time ECHO is out. If it does get pulled for 2004...don't expect a refreshment for 2003 which would be typical of a Toyota sedan, almost as tragic as the death of the Paseo after only 2 years of a new model which wasn't all that bad. Is this the shortest lived car ever, besides that terrible Vehicross?
#2938 of 5821 I see ECHOS everywhere...
Apr 07, 2002 (8:06 am)
Im surprised if its true that they wont make any more after 2003,they seem to be a popular car where Im from..If thats the case would it be smarter to sell now or wait until production stops??
Apr 07, 2002 (8:21 am)
of surprised too to hear this - I don't have an Echo, I have a '01 Corolla - but I do see alot of them where I live - but he's probably right because I read somewhere that total sales of the Echo in the US have been rather low -
Apr 07, 2002 (10:50 am)
I purchased my silver Echo nine days ago, I just filled up and my gas economy was a little over 35 MPG, for mostly town driving. Thus far I have been pleased with it. It has four doors, a/c, p/s, cruise control, mats, side moldings and the extra mile option. It listed for $12,900. I paid $11,275. Invoice was $11,900. I believe that I received a fair deal from the dealer, but had to make several visits to the dealer over a two week period of time. I live in the Oklahoma City area.
Apr 07, 2002 (12:50 pm)
kneisl1: Yeah, I've seen it once. If a driver isn't noticing a low fuel gauge, why does Toyota think that this same driver will notice a little LCD icon? Common sense tells me that you need an attention-getting colored light for that purpose.
The accident scene sounded gruesome -- a tragedy for the families involved. I wonder what the accident investigation will conclude about the cause of the accident.
The Matrix seems to be a hit around Houston. I've seen several on the streets already. In contrast, it only seems only recently that the ECHO has been taken off my "rare sighting" list. While I'm sure that Toyota doesn't mind selling to the mature market (they tend to have money after all), I think that they are concerned about becoming what Buick or Lincoln was not too long ago -- a brand associated too much with a mature image.
#2942 of 5821 Havent seen a Matrix yet...
Apr 07, 2002 (3:23 pm)
If I was to be in the market for another car (if the ECHO wasnt available) I would def look into the Matrix, but oddly I have yet to see one on the road, Im from a city of 350,000 so I find that quite strange. And to the discussion of the age group of ECHO owners, I was 25 (year and a half ago) when I purchased my ECHO and I love the styling more so than the Focus or Civic.
#2943 of 5821 Icon and icons
Apr 08, 2002 (6:41 pm)
I noticed the gas low icon the very first time it came on and every time since. It seems to give more than enough fair warning as I still have about 1 gallon or more left in the tank.
It's a crying shame if the Echo goes the way of the Paseo. I love my Echo, but the vehicle wasn't marketed to my age group (53) and maybe it should have been. I have had several people ask about it, both young and old. I think Toyota needs to push its attributes such as easy entry and exit, huge trunk, great gas mileage, uniqueness (center dash, which, by the way, I find a great safety feature!) and maybe fix a couple of things like non-remote mirrors.
Apr 09, 2002 (10:47 am)
Sorry I haven't been posting lately, but I am back to working twelve hour days and adding in eight hours for sleeping, I don't have a lot of free time anymore.
I have over 32,000 miles on my 2001 Echo and he is still running great and still getting great fuel mileage numbers.
This last part is great since gas is $1.32 a gallon around here and projected to go even higher soon.
Hey Grn, do you know what happened to the Echo board over on Yahoo? I tried going there after an extended time away and Yahoo tells me there is no such club.
Happy Echoing all.
#2945 of 5821 Center mounted instrument cluster
Apr 09, 2002 (10:49 am)
Hey don't you know, it is not a safety feature, but rather because Toyota wanted to save money on making left and right hand drives. This must be true because the editors of Edmunds says so. ; )
I wonder how Edmunds is reacting to the new Saturn Ion which also has a center mounted instrument cluster.
Apr 09, 2002 (10:52 am)
I think the idea the mirrors are not big enough might come from not adjusting them properly. When I first got my Echo I adjusted them like I always had been doing until I read an article in AMI Autoworld, I believe, and I saw that I was not adjusting them properly. There should be very little overlap between what you see in the inside rear view mirror and the outside mirrors. Try it and you will see the mirrors are big enough.