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#4108 of 5807 2002 Black 2 door Echo
Nov 14, 2003 (12:48 am)
I would like to thank everyone here for all the new's on the Echo. I had to go out and buy me a Echo this week after all the good news that you all have talked about on here.I had to look all over FL to get a 2002 Echo but i did get one after alot of hard work and looking at all the Toyota lot's on line .I drove about 40 miles to look at a 2001 Echo but after i got to the car lot the car did not look very clean and it was just a mess so i went all the way back home and got back online and then drove about 35 miles to look at a 2002 Echo and that was the one for me it is so cute and very very clean so it's now mine and i love it .It's Black 2 door 5 speed with A/C PS PB AM/FM AND Tint on the windows it has 20,000 miles on it .What a fun car to drive and it has good get up and go with the 5speed well thanks for all your help .I had a 2003 Hyundai sonata but my payment was to much so i had to down size but i'm very happy with the Echo .
Nov 14, 2003 (8:33 am)
Good luck with your new ECHO! You have excellent taste in cars if we say so ourselves! To join the club offically you have to write a letter to Edmunds saying how much you like your ECHO and what a good car it is. (read their review of ECHO...they think it stinks)
Nov 17, 2003 (12:50 pm)
I seem to recall that my 2001 ECHO was advertised to get 41 mpg on the highway, but the Toyota site for the 04 claims 43, Did the mileage grow?
#4111 of 5807 2002 Black 2 door Echo
Nov 17, 2003 (2:18 pm)
I still can't get over how good this small car drives. What a great car to have i still think toyota should keep makeing the Echo .
Nov 20, 2003 (11:14 pm)
Last weekend we passed 90K miles on our 2000 Echo 4 door. Runs great as always.
Nov 21, 2003 (9:23 am)
Wrgraham what needed to be replaced in that 90k miles? Water pump, alternator, exhaust system, brakes? What kind of tires did you have and how long did they last?
#4114 of 5807 90k miles
Nov 21, 2003 (9:44 am)
I would expect brake pads, transmission drain and refill, radiator drain and refill, new spark plugs, about 3 air filter changes, new accessory belts and the usual oil changes. Probably on the second set of tires.
My own 2001 is at 71k and still on the first brake pads and tires. No defects whatsoever yet.
#4115 of 5807 not so much replaced
Nov 22, 2003 (10:33 pm)
Brakes are just fine at 90K, no replacement. I replaced the air filter once, and at 65K miles I took it in for the 60K major maintenance. (Never went for the 30K one.) Costly in Hilo, it was about $600 for the straight major maintenance, and I assume they replaced fluids and belts. Certainly no replacement of alternator, water pump or exhaust components. I am on my 3rd tires. I have gone 40K on each set. I only do one rotation, about half way thru. Maybe that is neglectful. Never even replaced any bulbs anywhere. I did need to get a driver side door switch replaced, the one that works the interior lights, etc. Still got the same plugs, they are Iridium ones and are spec'd for replacement at 120K in my owners maintenance book. I do my oil and filter changes on a 6000 mile schedule, using Castrol 10 30 oil. Twice along the way I have topped up the coolant. Never added oil except at changes. Power is still very good. One little body glitch, there is a horizontal seam on the rear fender areas. One of those has opened up and the internal plastic connector is not seated right. I have seen another Echo here with the very same problem. Maybe a bumper twang unseats something. No rust in the seam, I just have to figure how to get it back to proper seating.
Nov 23, 2003 (3:12 pm)
Sounds like the car is holding up very nicely indeed. We all have a lot of troublefree miles to look forward to if your experience is any indication. If I may make a couple of suggestions: check your drive axle boots every oil change for splits. If you catch it soon enough youll just need new boots instead of new axles. Also, confirm they changed the belts on your receipt...if not you could have an inconvient failure after 90k miles. If its been 30k miles since the air filter was last changed (not sure from your post) its time for a new one.
Nov 23, 2003 (10:38 pm)
Thanks kneisl, I remember one of your prior posts talking about the condition of the boots and the advisability of checking them regularly. Which I have been doing since then. They look mint to me. I didnt receive any good detail about the 60K maintenance, so I can only trust their work. The belts look ok, and the tensions feel about right. I can check the air filter soon.