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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
Dec 23, 2002 (3:54 pm)
Hi All ~
About 2 1/2 years ago, I had a choice between a Kia Sportage and a Toyota Echo. Had a gut feeling about the Echo, but went with the Sportage. Well, 2 1/2 years later, I'm not sure of the problem, but either the tires or the 4 wheel drive (not sure which) on this particular Kia (even if not on any other one) is horrible. I can't see 2 1/2 more winters with this thing. Tonight, Dec 23rd, 2002, I am unable to finish my Christmas shopping, because I am sliding on barely 1/4" slush on a straight surface. Go figure..(yes, the 4WD is set correctly.)
Anyway, would I be thinking off another planet to attempt trading this 2000 Kia in for an Echo? I know how to research, etc., but not too familiar with the 'trading up', 'trading down' theory, just where I am on that line, & if it's even a possibility. I owe about $7000 on the Kia, and according to the Edmunds site research, it is worth $8030 on trade in (maybe more).
Also, it seems from this site that the older model Echos are getting a higher rating than the 2003. Any comments on this?
Thanks for any help you may have to offer!
Dec 23, 2002 (6:13 pm)
The"new" amd "old" ECHOs are virtually identical so I dont see how one could be better than the other.
Have you driven another Sportage to see how it handles on snow? Maybe discussed this with other owners in the Town Hall? Or the dealer? I think you are right in your feeling that its the tires. Is it time for new ones yet? As long as the vehicle is OK mechanically I would keep it unless you want to take a major hit on tradeing it in. Good luck and tell us what you find out/decide.
Dec 23, 2002 (8:09 pm)
Hi all. I've been following your group for some time now and decided to buy today. While I've always driven sticks, I decided to buy my Echo with automatic because my daughter will be learning to drive on it, and I felt it would be a bit safer to go with the automatic (at least at first).
I ended up with the aqua-green color, AC and a few other options.
Will pick up tomorrow and report back soon.
Dec 23, 2002 (8:41 pm)
Nice color aqua-green. I got silver because many of my past cars were silver. We here at the ECHO forum are ready to answer your questions, if you have any! Good luck with your new car, your daughter must be very excited about it.
#3658 of 5806 Merry Christmas Everyone!
Dec 25, 2002 (1:04 am)
I wanted to share with you all my favorite gift this year. It's from my twin sister and it's the Hallmark Keepsake Item 'A Year To Remember 2002'.
Since this is our first Christmas with Echo, she filled it with 4 photos she took of our Echo and recorded her own captions. I just love it all - my twin, my Echo, and my Echo keepsake!
Dec 25, 2002 (8:32 am)
Hi. I love my (our) new Echo so far (1 day). Peppy enough for us, good visibility, lots of cool storage nooks (the best part I think). The only option I couldn't get (unless I paid a lot more for a more loaded car) that would be nice are the remote side mirrors (I believe the option gives one a couple of convenient thingos on the inside to move the mirrors). Does anyone have any idea whether this feature can be added, and what it would entail and/or cost?
#3660 of 5806 rearview mirrors
Dec 25, 2002 (9:18 am)
Get on Google and look up Toyota Guys. Its a toyota dealer somewhere that has lots of stuff for ECHO and at discounted prices. I didnt get power mirrors or locks or windows on my ECHO and Im used to it now. AND my wifes Honda that does have them is costing us a fortune to get them fixed (car is 12 years old)
#3661 of 5806 '03 ECHO
Dec 26, 2002 (2:07 am)
On my way back to LA from Vegas tonight, I passed a new '03 ECHO. I didn't recognize it at first because of the light pattern in the back-tag light and tail are different. I'm partial to the old style as I felt it was cleaner.
Funny thing: I was walking to my car and a man asked me if mine was the new version. I have 15" wheels and rear spoiler so I get that a lot.
Dec 29, 2002 (9:44 am)
We purchase an 03 Echo on 12/23/2002 need a gas saver for the wife's 110 mile commute we live in Los Angeles. I must say I'm very please with it so far. We had Nissan Altima and it was not bad on gas but in this car we are getting almost a 50% increase in mpg. Plus it's very surprising that this little car is as comfortable even for a large man like myself. We purchase the automatic, power steering,15" wheels. But no power lock or window, but we don't even miss this option. We also own a 02 Trailblazer and have had problem with all the computer operate device. So it's good to go back to basic engine and transmission. It mean less maintances worried to me. The Monday idea is a good one. We talk to the dealer three day before purchase but my wife want to check out the Ford Focus over the weekend before she made up her mind.(NO GO IT HAD MORE POWER BUT MORE MONEY) We came back on Monday he drop the asking price by $500 so paid 12,745 for 2 door model. Edmund price on it TMV scale say we should pay 12,475 but we shop around and that was not happening.