2004 Toyota ECHO 3 door 1.3 Litre

Summary:

Cheap to run, and great around town

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The only minor complaint I have with this car is that is seems to wear out front tyres quickly. I have 100,000 Km on the clock, and I have had to change the front tyres twice now, and also the back once.

The brakes are brilliant (unlike other posts here suggesting the brakes don't last). When I was changing the tyres at 100,000, the tyre man showed me how much "meat" was on the brakes... wow they had 90% left. Perhaps other people who are going through brakes very quickly should drive a little more gently, and not wear out their brakes as quick.

I am intending to keep the car for at least another 50,000 km, to see how the clutch holds up. I normally get 180,000 out of a clutch, so it would be good to see how long the original clutch in this car lasts.

I would have liked a bigger motor in this vehicle, the 1.3 Ltr is just a bit under-powered.

My friend works for Toyota and he has advised me not to sell it. In 10 years the local Toyota dealer has not seen one Echo come back to the yard on the back of a truck. There had been heaps of Camry's come back, and the upgrade to the Echo, the Yaris, is meant to be an absolute junk of a car. The general comment from the people at Toyota is that the Yaris contains the parts that were not good enough to make it to the Corolla, and therefore the Yaris is not as good as the Echo or the Corolla.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2010

2004 Toyota ECHO 1.3 petrol

Summary:

Absolutely fabulous! I love this little car. Does everything I want and more

Faults:

Replaced 2 tyres at 30,000 kms. Otherwise, nothing has gone wrong!!

General Comments:

Perfect runabout, comfortable, reliable, handles well, quiet, very economical!

Drove Auckland to Wellington (680) kms each way and used only 1 1/2 tanks of petrol! Very comfortable on the corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2010

2001 Toyota ECHO XL 1.3 petrol

Summary:

Economical plus

Faults:

Nothing, but the car keeps draining the battery, but got it fixed.

General Comments:

The car is very economical, and the seats are very comfortable, and it flies, only going down hill, not up them!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2008

2000 Toyota ECHO 1.3L

Summary:

If you need a used small car, this is one to get

Faults:

None. In 8 years of driving.

General Comments:

Great little car.

Engine noise, ride reasonable for this class of car.

No mechanical issues at all.

Reasonable acceleration for a small car, can keep up with cars on the expressway. At 4000rpm, can easily handle hills, overtaking.

Easy to park.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2008

2003 Toyota ECHO 1.3 petrol

Summary:

Terrific little city car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

My daughters car, and she thrashes it. It is very reliable, great in traffic and feels like a shuttle car from the passenger side. But the Toyota reliability just keeps it going.

It is fairly responsive considering it is only a 1.3 litre engine. Keeps up with traffic easily and has a responsive automatic.

A bit noisy in the cabin (hence my shuttle car comment).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2008

2001 Toyota ECHO 1.3

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

Engine light came on at 28000km VVTi fault. Car did not break down.

General Comments:

Good little car, reliable.

Bit on the tinny side, engine can be noisy when pushed.

Fit and finish is good, easy to park.

Standard sound system is shocking!

Has plenty of zip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2005

2004 Toyota ECHO 4 door sedan 1.5 petrol

Summary:

Set and forget

Faults:

Loose clip in engine bay caused rattle. Spotted and fixed by dealer.

General Comments:

Goes great in the suburbs. Great economy. Easy to drive, with great driving position. Roomy if spartan interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2005

23rd Jan 2005, 22:29

1000km update.

Highway speed stability is not good. Feels as if it's floating a bit. Also knocked around by crosswinds.

Interior plastics mark easily.

Air conditioning leaks condensation behind front left wheel.

But otherwise a lovely car for the suburbs. Getting about 500km on a 45L tank in suburban driving with air conditioning almost constantly on during a hot Sydney summer.

18th Feb 2005, 01:23

All AC leaks water, one place or another. it's perfectly normal.

29th May 2005, 22:55

The part that's leaking the water, is the reciever/drier that removes the condensation from the air. It's perfectly normal and is evident even on the most expensive cars.

6th Nov 2008, 20:01

Had this great little car for four years now, really economic, fun to drive, no repairs, it's a like owning a Maytag...