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