2000 Toyota ECHO 2 door coupe 1.5 liter from North America
I bought it for 1500$. Everything works like it should; no leaks, burns, nothing. A/C was freezing this summer :) (I live in Kamloops BC so I know) Still has some decent pull, not much from a stoplight, but if you wind it up you can pass OK on the highway.
Never bought it to be quick; just reliable and good on gas. It's strictly a highway commuter for long distance and it excels at it. Changed plugs when I bought it, oil and filters every 10,000km, and that's it (ya, ya, you're supposed to change it twice as often!!!).
Very few squeaks and rattles either!! This was a nice bonus after owning a 96 Suzuki Swift with only 150,000km, that was a tin can by comparison. Build quality is night and day by comparison! The Swift would've been good for a 1 hour commute, but 6 1/2 hours each way in that thing was really pushing it. It was frugal, but that's it! I use it to commute from Kamloops BC to McCall Field charter air terminal in NE Calgary AB every ten days for work, and it's rock solid.
ECHO has a very good sounding stock stereo actually, and surprisingly good headlights.
Pulls up mountain passes pretty decent as long as it's just me and a travel bag. If traffic is light at late nights, I average 120km/h when I can, and over the 640 km drive I use almost exactly 34L of gas each time very consistently... and about 36-37L in winter... what's that? 5.3 liters/100km or about 45 MPG??? And this involves the outdated, mostly two lane Rogers Pass, which means stomping on the ego pedal to pass 5th wheels, RV's and big rigs. I'd get 50 MPG easy on a flat freeway run!!!
Yes, I get strange looks as to why a 6-3 250 lb guy is driving a stupid little car, but I know I have an 09 Mustang GT CS and a blown/cammed 500 HP 04 Vette in the garage for sunny days, so I just laugh. And after my ten days off end and I put the muscle away for ten more and get in the ECHO, I swear I like it almost as much. No BS! Best 1500$ I ever spent.
Just need to find another lower KM model... maybe an 05 hatch with cruise and power options. Mind you, I can reach the pass window crank and mirror adjuster anyways. Just gimme one with cruise, and people can take their stupid looks and shove it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2013
23rd Nov 2014, 19:07
Come on... if you're really honest, I bet you prefer the Echo over the muscle cars. I'm in a similar situation, and deep down, beyond the ego trip of muscle cars (silly stuff); whenever I'm driving the Echo, it feels more "me"... Mmm, wonder why? Anyway, good review.
7th Nov 2017, 14:31
A big guy stuffed into a tiny car IS comical, but if you're going to do it, at least make the car something sporty, like a Miata, MR2 Spyder, or a Mini.
Not a penalty box like an ECHO!
7th Nov 2017, 20:48
A 6'3" 250-lb guy will not fit into a Miata. It's a freaking $1500 runaround, the man has a Mustang.
7th Nov 2017, 22:18
8th Nov 2017, 10:40
Waiting to read a new review on the guy that indicated he’s quickly buying a 1960 MGA that doesn’t have snow in his area. Or so we all read.
8th Nov 2017, 10:41
For $1500 he bought the Echo for?
8th Nov 2017, 20:07
Should have no problem finding one with the joy of the internet.
9th Nov 2017, 04:32
Or perhaps the comment was posted by the individual who got fantastic rides in one after fresh snow that we all read.
9th Nov 2017, 14:43
Obviously you have never driven a Miata, or even been in one...
9th Nov 2017, 23:31
Did you buy yours yet? Would be nice to drive it down the Pacific Coast Highway.
10th Nov 2017, 00:39
I have - that's why I said so.
10th Nov 2017, 15:05
It doesn't snow there, what fun is that?