2000 Toyota ECHO Sedan 1.5 VVTi from North America


Legendary Toyota reliability


Replaced water pump at 300,000km.

Replaced transmission at 303,000 kms. The transmission worked fine, but a speed sensor was gone and required a rebuild of the transmission; it was cheaper to put in a used tranny.

Replaced a drive axle; the car was ditched in a winter storm, which bent the drive axle.

A/C compressor quit working at 303,000.

General Comments:

Overall, with high kms, a great little car. Very fuel efficient and a perfect little run about.

More roomy than we thought, and more useful than we planned. Not comfortable for long drives, especially for those over 5 feet 7 inches.

The instruments are easy to see once you get used to them.

Wind sensitive, and very light, which makes it difficult in winter weather.

Decent performance for an economy car.

Overall a good purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2011

5th Nov 2011, 19:19

The Echo's 1.5 engine is practically bulletproof. Had my 05 used Echo since 07. No problems whatsoever. Echos are known to rack up high mileage. Want a Yaris if it ever dies.

2000 Toyota ECHO 1.5 VVTi from North America


Cheap and very reliable gasoline sipper


Oxygen sensor replaced at about 104,000 miles.

Stereo quit working because there was a shorted terminal on one of the speakers in the back.

Has a squeaking noise on mild acceleration, sounds like a belt, but replaced both belts and didn't go away.

General Comments:

Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

I haven't had to do ANYTHING to this car except change the oil and plugs. I put a synthetic oil in it, and change the filter at 3K, and both filter and oil at 6K, and it runs as smooth and well as it did at 100,000 miles.

Being and automatic, it probably doesn't get as good of gasoline mileage as a standard would, but I get about 41 on a highway trip, and about 30 in city driving conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2009

2000 Toyota ECHO 1.5L from North America


A step in the right direction for a greener future


Nothing, completely untouched.

General Comments:

I just purchased this Toyota Echo for 3000$ CDN. It had about 172,000 km on it, and what do you know... it purrs like a brand new Toyota.

I never really gave much of an eye for this car; my mother owns an automatic Echo and I drove it, but it never got my attention.

But now that I have my own, I am beyond thrilled, I put in 10$ of gas 3 days ago and have been trolling about in this very firm car, it wasn't till today that I realized that the gas indicator hasn't budged at all.

My only complaint for the Echo is that Toyota did not release the 80 hp model in North America; us Canadians have a lot of tires spinning on winter mornings :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2009

2000 Toyota ECHO Sport 1.5 petrol from North America


Affordable, reliable car for tough economic times!


Nothing yet!

General Comments:

We purchased the car from 'Grandma' so we knew the history.

Great little commuter with amazing gas mileage. Around town we average 40mpg, and on a trip from Eastern Ontario to Lake Huron we managed 52 mpg.

Huge on the inside with tons of headroom.

We have the 'sport model' with the rear spoiler and side skirts.

Gets blown around on the highway in windy conditions due to the height and weight of the car. Put some decent snow tires on in the winter and it's good to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2008

2000 Toyota ECHO Base 1.5L from North America


Fantastic commuter car


Nothing so far. Have to keep the serpentine belt very tight, so as to not make noise with the A/C on.

Tire/road noise more than I expected.

General Comments:

Like the ride, better than expected.

Excellent on gas, great economy car, very easy to drive.

Very poor driver's seat; hard and uncomfortable on long trips. It needs a seat that has an adjustable bottom and a little longer bottom.

Need to have the steering wheel come further away from dash, have to have the seat too straight up.

This seems to be a great little car in general, except for the driver's position!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2008