The Echo is the best car I've owned in 40 years of car ownership
Drain line from the air conditioning condenser vibrated off after driving on 40 miles of washboard road. Discovered it when water accumulated on passenger side floor. Found and reconnected it myself.
At about 125,000 miles got a check engine light. Bought a CD shop manual and a code reader. Found it was the downstream O2 sensor. Replaced it myself.
The A/C-heater defroster blower didn't work on a couple of occasions. Haven't found out why yet.
Extremely reliable compared to the American cars that I had owned and driven from 1967 to 2001.
Wife and I drove it to Alaska and back over the Alaska Highway in summer of 2002. That's when the A/C condenser line came off. It was small, but there was room for our luggage and our smaller antique and souvenir/gift purchases. We averaged 37 MPG -- best was 42 MPG -- worst was 32 MPG driving 85 MPH in Montana running the A/C. People we met in Eagle, Alaska were amazed at the mileage we were getting -- gas that summer was 2.10 a gallon there in Eagle. It was a great trip and a lot of it had to do with the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd November, 2007