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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#4513 of 5822 Happy with my 2003 Echo
Jan 15, 2005 (9:04 am)
I bought my 2003 Echo on September 4, 2004. It had been a leased car and had 8800 miles on it when I purchased it for $13,800, specifially for my courier route. I paid the Toyota dealer $600 to add cruise control, installed about 2 weeks after I purchased the car. This dropped the gas mileage from 39 mpg to about 35 mpg (worth the loss in my opinion). I am a courier with a 5-day per week bank run. I drive a total of 240+ miles each day, mostly interstate driving. It's an automatic with AC. My Echo now has 122,000 miles on it and I have had no problems. I have only changed the oil (every 3000 miles), rotated the tires at 5-6k miles, the air filter, and flushed the trans at 100,000 miles. The first set of tires lasted to 65k miles.
Much of my daily route being interstate, I do a lot of 80-90 mph driving for consistently long intervals. I am amazed at the handling, ride, and agility of this car, especially in Atlanta traffic. How many cars will effectively kick in to passing gear at 90mph?
My only complaint is that the standard AM/FM radio does not sport a digital clock, and there are only two wiper speeds, slow and a little faster. Intemittent speeds would be nice.
The car being under 2000 lbs has amazing pickup speed. Hopefully, my Echo will last to at least 500,000 miles, which is about when I will have it paid off. If I continue in the courier business, I will likely buy another Echo.
#4514 of 5822 Re: Happy with my 2003 Echo [zodiyak]
Jan 15, 2005 (1:18 pm)
I am curious... why would adding cruise control drop the mpg so much?
Jan 17, 2005 (6:55 am)
Received the following email today from my brother:
"I read Toyota is deleting the Echo. Yours may be valuable some day."
#4516 of 5822 Future Of Echo
Jan 17, 2005 (12:59 pm)
Its availible for 2005, however I couldnt buy one at either of my local NJ toyota dealers who also sell the Scion. Whether or not it will continue to be availible in 2006 is a good question. I think were lucky it wasnt discontinued in 2005.
Jan 19, 2005 (7:45 am)
The following is from a survey of ECHO owners done by Popular Machanics
Age of Owners
under 30 21%
50 + 30%
Jan 20, 2005 (8:32 am)
How Do You Like The paint Quality?
poor 1 %
Jan 21, 2005 (6:25 am)
How would you rate the engine performance?
#4520 of 5822 Re: Happy with my 2003 Echo [backy]
Jan 21, 2005 (6:48 am)
Yeah ... cruise control should INCREASE your mpg.
#4521 of 5822 Re: Happy with my 2003 Echo [carglow]
Jan 21, 2005 (12:29 pm)
It's possible for an attentive person to use less gas than the cruise control when driving in hilly terrain. A person can anticipate the crest of a hill and let off the gas to coast down the other side, while cruise control may keep the accelerator depressed a long way down the hill. Cruise control can also leave an auto tranny downshifted (raising the revs) longer than necessary.
Jan 24, 2005 (6:35 am)
Body Fit and Finish