2001 Toyota ECHO from North America
Somewhat disappointed in longevity of transmission
The car ran remarkably well for 106,000 miles. At that point the manual transmission failed. I was shocked at the $2,100 price tag for the component. This was the first manual transmission failure of any car that I have owned. While somewhat disappointed, I have not observed wide spread incidents such as ours. Maybe we had a bad bearing. Based upon my experience, the front wheel drive Subaru Impreza (somewhat comparable) was far superior.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st February, 2007
24th Feb 2007, 18:08
I believe the Subaru cost a lot more than this bottom of the line Echo even though it's a toyota it was still the cheapest model at the time.
25th Feb 2007, 12:35
There is no such thing as a front wheel drive Impreza in North America. All Subarus, regardless of model, are all wheel drive. The change occurred in the 1990's when Subaru realized it couldn't compete head to head with Honda/Toyota so needed a marketing gimmick - the beauty of all wheel drive.
20th Sep 2007, 21:04
That is not true at all.
The Subaru Legacy L and Legacy Brighton came in front wheel drive, and AWD was optional.
11th Mar 2008, 12:28
1999 and up Subes are all AWD. Anything before that could have been front wheel or AWD.
6th Aug 2008, 10:52
210,000 on my 2001 Echo with manual transmission. So far so good.
6th Sep 2015, 20:06
I purchased a 2001 Toyota Echo about a year ago. Amazing gas mileage, and I have been happy with it, except it's a manual, and it hurts my back to drive it, as I seem to be shifting all the time, as it's a 5 speed (I was hurt on the job, and my lower back has 2 discs that are bulging).
Everything works on my car. It currently has 282,232 miles on it, and runs like a top! I am going to be selling it, as I also have a 93 Camry that is automatic that I prefer to drive, as it doesn't hurt my back, as no shifting on it. My Camry has 248,000 miles, so I am sold on Toyotas for sure! I would like to trade my Echo for a small truck that's automatic. If my Echo was automatic, I would keep it forever! Go Toyota! God Bless the USA!