2005 Toyota ECHO LE Hatchback from North America
Really good car. Great on fuel
Noise in the belt after replacing it, but was fixed.
I accidentally backed over a big rock, which knocked off the front bumper, no major damage.
I was in a rear in collision (March, 2011). The back of the car was crunched in a little, enough to have it written off.
Car handles really well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2011
12th Jan 2015, 13:34
Which belt did you have replaced? I once was told by a mechanic my Echo needed a new timing belt. Imagine his surprise when I told him these cars have a timing chain, not a timing belt, which never need replacing or attention as they are self adjusting. Needless to say, I ran from that mechanic!
I have a 2002 Echo manual transmission; never a squeak, rattle, shimmy or shake, inside or out. Before I had my clutch replaced at 258,000km, I always had difficulty shifting into reverse, sometimes having to go into first, then reverse, and always had difficulty shifting into first. I believe another contributor had the same issues.
Additionally, if I let the car sit for a couple of days with the emergency brake on, then went to release and drive it, the car would not move. You could see the effort the car was making to move forward or reverse, and only depressing the gas pedal fully would get it out of this 'lock'.
Otherwise, I love my car! My daughter has a 2005 Echo, and my other daughter a 1999 Tercel. I do regular oil changes on all cars at 5,000km, use a Fram oil filter (the added black texture at the base makes it easy to put on snuggly and remove), keep all fluids topped and change the brake pads as needed, and we have had trouble free driving for a total of 560,000km!
Our Toronto winters are very unpredictable, so we all have snow tires, too. These cars drive better in the snow than my 2005 Highlander with snow tires and ECT, and the tires are easy for me to manage when changing.
Basic, regular maintenance and a bit of common sense provides trouble free, safe driving, and keeps repair bills to a minimum over time. Enjoy your ride!