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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#4067 of 5822 used echo
Sep 20, 2003 (10:01 am)
I have a 2001 with 116.000 kms and it is as good as new. I have only used synthetic oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant all have been replaced. It has been absolutely reliable and other than maintenance it hasn't cost me one cent.I have had samples of my last four oil changes analyzed by a lab and the results indicate that the Echo engine is extremely well built, uses no oil between changes and based on the wear metals should last for a very long time. In my personal case the goal is to reach 500.000 kms -310k miles- WITHOUT major repairs. Based on past performance this is a very attainable goal.
By the way, my fuel consumption stands at 50 MPG Canadian average. That is 41.6 MPG for those of you in the US.
If you consider that a new one is worth $ 18000 Canadian and that 125.000 kms is only one third of its life expectancy -if extremely well cared for- $ 6000 seems like a bargain to me. You are getting the two thirds remaining in the life of the car for half the price.
If the seller of the car can show it is not an ex rental and has all the service records and furthermore, if you have the car checked out by Toyota, it could be a very good deal.
125.000 kms means the owner had a long commute and most of those kms are highway. If all the oil changes were made on schedule it most likely means the engine is in excellent shape.
Make sure the car has not been in any accidents.
Good luck with your decision and please let us know if you purchased the car.
Sep 21, 2003 (10:43 am)
Well, My wife and I did it!! We bought a used Echo yesterday....but my oh my did we see a lot of junkers out there....out of 4 echos we saw, only two were worth considering. One of the most disappointing finds was a 2001 with 29000 KM's on it. this car was originaly a US vehicle (not good here since everything is imperial), and had had an accident where, the drivers fender was replaced, the driver headlight cluster, the hood, the airbags, the belt pretensioners, plus it had to be wired for Day Time Running Lights. the guy who was selling it told me all of this outright...but I can't see him getting $11000 for it. I took it for a drive anyway, and it sounded like there was no sound insullation at all, plus the seats were not comfortable! the other junker we saw had 92000KM's on it and they were asking $8000. When looking at it, it really didn't appear to be in great condition. Lots of scratches and the interior was pretty yellowed (due to smoking I think). My wife didn't even want to sit in it.
We then went to Bel-Air Toyota and saw a 2000 with 74000 KM. this car was mint condition with New tires, brakes, Tinted Windows, and Autostart...the whole nine yards. Took it out for a spin and was really impressed. the asking price was $10,995 (auto but no air). we negotiated and got the price down to $9775. We also negotiated to have the following included in the price:
-new floor mats
-replace the hubcaps
-fix some pulls in the seat fabric
-shampoo the car
-full tank of gas
We are quite pumpped over it and will be picking it up Next Saturday.
Sep 21, 2003 (1:43 pm)
Sounds like you made a carefull desision. Good luck with your ECHO!
#4070 of 5822 malibu_jack, new echo
Sep 21, 2003 (4:42 pm)
Congratulations! By what you tell it seems to be a great purchase. You paid 50% of a new one and have at least 80% of useful life left. You obviously did your homework and I'm sure you will not regret your decision.
Sep 22, 2003 (6:37 am)
Thanks guys for all your support! We pick the car up on Saturday....Can't wait to drive it!
#4072 of 5822 Echo Reliability
Oct 02, 2003 (4:38 pm)
I was comparing different models and stumbled upon the Echo. I'm not going to bad mouth other cars, but I used to be a car salesman and have some cars I definately crossed off my list. With this in mind, I had never taken an echo on trade, and never really heard anything about them. Can anyone tell me some personal expiences. More pertaining to over all reliability. Is this a 4 year car then dump it or, can you push 200k with it. Thanks for any opinions.
Oct 02, 2003 (4:41 pm)
Hi chris5962 - welcome!
I'm sure you'll be hearing from folks, but there is a ton of info here already. I hope you'll take some time to read through the previous posts and/or use the "Search This Discussion" feature on the page bar to benefit from all of the Echo history that is here.
#4074 of 5822 Chris...
Oct 02, 2003 (9:07 pm)
My friend has an 00 Echo, 70K miles already. Has been trouble-free except for some shaking at speed and some rattles inside. He actually just took a run to Atlantic City in it last weekend, took one tank almost round trip he said. He's happy with it.
#4075 of 5822 how many years?
Oct 03, 2003 (7:07 am)
The Echo is an excellent car in every way. I have owned mine for three years now with no problems. It is extremely nimble in handling and has excellent power for a small car. It is very comfortable to sit in and and getting in and out is very easy also. Most cars today require you to do a limbo to get in and out of. Probably the best testiment to it is the contents of this list...you will find nothing but happy campers here.
Im not sure the public has taken ECHO, or any small car to its heart however. It doesnt seem to be a terribly popular car. Which is a pity because we wouldnt need to worry so much about the Middle East if more people drove an ECHO. Also, its a terrifically economical car!
#4076 of 5822 Three cars, samr sparkplug!
Oct 03, 2003 (7:09 am)
I recently changed the plugs in three of my four cars...the ECHO, a 93 Saturn, and a 93 Altima. They all took the same plug! What aere the odds of that?