2002 Toyota ECHO Sedan 1.5 from North America
Mirror fell off.
Wouldn't start in the cold.
Bought this car from an old lady (only owner) in 2009, and kept it for around 3 years.
Design-wise is pretty terrible, especially the saloon version. Go for the hatchback instead which looks much better. Some parts, like the mirrors, are really bad quality. I remember one day, I folded one of the mirrors and it just fell off. The body had very little rust.
The worst interior ever. I once drove a Toyota Tercel (1997) and it had decent plastics inside. This ECHO is a different story; everywhere you look and touch is hard plastic that rattles and squeaks. The seats are extremely uncomfortable, so do not do long trips with this car.
Underpowered but gives good fuel consumption.
In this department the Echo scores lots of points. Lots of storage room and has a decent trunk.
Pretty bad considering its reputation. One day it would take 4-5 tries to start it in the cold. However, when it was getting a bit warmer the car would start no problem.
Also, beware of the automatic transmission. My sister had a 2000 ECHO and after 2 years of use the automatic wasn't shifting gears properly anymore. Cost to replace: around 2500$.
The ECHO gives good mileage, is really uncomfortable and I don't know why would anyone consider it over a Golf, Civic or Corolla.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th September, 2018
22nd Sep 2018, 22:39
This guy deserves a medal. Very profound. Great review!
24th Sep 2018, 01:05
One of the rare negative reviews for a 1st gen Echo. It seems the negative was mostly caused by subjective aesthetic reasons and by the non start condition which is uncommon on this car and can happen on any brand - just fix the issue.
But are you serious about the 0 comfort and performance marks? The front seats of this car are the simplest design out there, yet they are shockingly relaxing for day long rides.
And performance? The engine with the automatic transmission is really zippy on this car. Are you going to blame a Mazda 3 because it's not a 5.0 Ford Mustang?
As for the interior plastics, I fully agree: besides being downright ugly, the terrible plastic quality made the dashboard a cooking grill on hot sunny days. I could literally crack and fry an egg on the dashboard.
24th Sep 2018, 20:18
What does the "plastic quality" have to do with how hot the dashboard gets? A better quality plastic would stay cooler? Not likely.
28th Sep 2018, 13:32
A medal? Anyone who buys a Toyota ECHO is not looking for, let alone expecting, "fun". They seek a car that is cheap and gets good MPG, and (they think) because it is a Toyota, excellent reliability. Stating the obvious is hardly "profound".
4th Oct 2018, 23:31
Thank you sir. I really tried to go into details as much as I could without making it too dull.
Have a good day.
4th Oct 2018, 23:37
Hello. So I tried both the automatic and the manual (had it for roughly 3 years) as I already mentioned. The automatic is definitely slower than the manual. Did you ever try to take over on a highway with your car?
I did and I guess what I couldn't. Personally I find this to be rather unsafe.
As for the seats, I am in my 20s (no back problems) and I can tell you that this car gave me pain on long distance trips. I can't say the same about the Mazda, Corolla.
You have a good day.
7th Oct 2018, 12:44
Yes it's true. If you are ever going to try to take over a highway (or a country), don't use a Toyota ECHO.