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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
Oct 21, 2002 (7:48 am)
I saw a 2003 ECHO in the local dealers lot this morning. Somehow, someway, Toyota has managed to make this car look WORSE. They removed the front Toyota logo from its place on the hood and moved it below to the grill, in the process surrounding it with a black plastic bulge. So now it looks like ECHO has a ZIT in the middle of its forehead. The interior also has added chrome do dads on it. I guess it will look normal after a while.
The dealer was recieving a new shippment of cars this morning so I walked around rows and rows of them, car alarms going off left and right. The lot men were moving them all around and leaving the keys in the doors of some of them. Naively I returned the first key I saw to an official looking person who explained they leave the keys in the locks of the cars they want to move later. So if you want a new Toyota CHEAP look for the big delivery day!
Sat in the new Prius. Its just lovely inside like the ECHO but with upscale features and trim. VERY roomy and comfortable. I think the porspective ECHO owners should buy the Prius if they want power windows, airbags, ABS etc etc. I wish they made it without the battery driven part I might buy one.
#3545 of 5820 Prius...
Oct 21, 2002 (9:17 am)
You can get an Echo now with power windows and locks, but not cruise control.
And I drove a Prius when they first came out in the beginning of 2001. The brakes are very hard to modulate, because of the regenerative braking system. I didn't think about getting one because I thought I would get myself into a rear-end collision trying to get used to the brakes in rush hour traffic.
#3546 of 5820 '03 ECHO
Oct 21, 2002 (10:12 am)
I agree about Toyota making the ECHO look worse. The front end looks very busy and slapped together. The cladding is now broken into parts and doesn't wrap around the front end. The rear looks good but looks like it came from an old Tercel.
The new gauges are very legible-the tach. is very easy to read. I would prefer the Ion's pod as it's a little more complete looking.
I don't know how many options the one I was looking at had but it was stickered at just over $16k!!! It was the factory tag and not the total on those 'dealer adjusted' tags.
#3547 of 5820 CENTER PODS
Oct 25, 2002 (12:15 pm)
There is no comparison. The Ion's is easier to see, represent more of a full cluster, and the white faced gauges in the Ion 3 are even better. The Echo pod, especially pre-tach, was an insult with its idiot lights. Might as well go back to a 3 speed automatic or a 4 speed stick.
#3548 of 5820 Installation of CD
Oct 25, 2002 (2:31 pm)
I recently purchased a 2002 with an AM/FM stero but no CD. Would like to install a CD that is compatable with the system. Can anyone give me some suggestions about finding a unit that is compatable and cost effective. Thanks,
Oct 28, 2002 (6:12 am)
Toyota Guys (look on google) have a special on a six cd player. Dont know anything about the unit itself though.
#3550 of 5820 Slbond...
Oct 28, 2002 (6:21 am)
My friend just bought a 2000 ECHO about a month ago with just the radio like yours. He won a 6-disc Toyota CD changer on EBay for under $300. I called Best Buy for him (a stereo/electronics store around here - don't know if you have them around you or not), and they said it would be less than $100 to install the radio.
Oct 28, 2002 (9:30 am)
Look out Toyota Guys have a 6 cd in dash changer for $250. (they didnt pay me to say that)
Oct 29, 2002 (7:54 am)
Last weekend my wife and I took a backroad trip in the ECHO from Westmont to Saratoga Springs NY, a distance of about 330 miles. All deserted two lane highway basically following the Delaware River into NY. Probably the most time we have spent together alone for a few years! Which is dangerous because although we get along very well all the friction between us comes out when we are driving together. ("Are you going to hit EVERY pothole in the road?" "WHEN are you going to turn the windshield wipers on") But we got along famously the entire time and the ECHO besides being a pleasure to drive on twisty turny roads got 38 mpg.
Nov 05, 2002 (8:02 am)
My ECHO passed its first NJ inspection yesterday. In the NOX department with a score of 725 to pass, the ECHO got 14. In the HC part of the test, you can get a 14 and still pass. ECHO got 1. There was 0 thats right 0 measured CO in the test. I wonder what the Prius's are getting?