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the best purchase i ever made by joann apple valley, ca. on 02/28/2010. Trim: 2000 Toyota ECHO 4-Door, Owned 10 years.
Pros: never had any problems with it or work done on it except the usual oil and brakes. awesome car
Cons: cup holder to close to ash tray
Overall review: it's been a great car and believe it or not its still going strong
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Family Hauler by cruising the emerald skyline on 11/27/2009. Trim: 2000 Toyota ECHO 4-Door, Owned 9 years.
Pros: 163K miles and still going strong. Everything still works and nothing has fallen off yet. I get average of 34mpg combined and 40mpg on HWY. No major problems, just regular maintenance (by the way, get a repair manual & some cheap tools and do them yourself. This car is easy to work on). I've taken this car in 120 degrees Mexican trips and -10 degrees Northern Canadian trips and she has licked them all. I installed a tow hitch and can carry two bicycles with it. This car will hold a stroller, medium suit case, medium cooler and bicycle trailer in the trunk; my wife, daughter and I along with my daughter's toys, diapers, laptop, small cooler and food in the cabin plus the bikes on the back.
Cons: Lots of road noise, but I just turn up the music. Sidewinds through high deserts really shake this car. Weak going up long mountain highways, just stay right and cut out to pass semi's when it's clear.
Overall review: My next car will be the Yaris (which is the new body style, but same drivetrain). Don't hesitate to buy one, just make sure you get it inspected by the dealer before buying!
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The Ideal Economy Car (Except for Design) by An MSN Autos Consumer on 11/06/2009. Trim: 2000 Toyota ECHO 4-Door, Owned 7 years.
Pros: Once it picks up, nice acceleration. Surprisingly roomy interior. Lots of storage bins, compartments, etc.. Back seats fold down for more room in already large trunk for its size (standard). Other than item in cons, nothing has gone wrong with this car. Durable (original brakes lasted almost 9 years)
Cons: Looks. One time it shows the check engine light, had to change the mass airflow sensor (as msn autos accurately mentions in the reliability section for year 2000). Rattles that come infrequently, and unexplainably disappear for a long while to come back infrequently! In cold starts, some rattling noise from the engine (but nothing wrong with it). Kind of noisy engine. When a truck passes close by at fast speed, car wobbles. Once it turned 360 deg. off the highway after veering hard to the right (light car) - thankfully person+car are ok! Slow to pick up on steep uphill.
Overall review: If you don't mind the looks, and do a lot of city driving, it's a smart choice I believe. Get the larger tires - the original are not too great. Even though mine doesn't have ABS and snow tires, I have driven it in snowy conditions frequently, although I would recommend you get snow tires if you live north as it is a light car.
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1nzfe engine around the world by topbox from California on 06/07/2009. Trim: 2000 Toyota ECHO 2-Door, Owned 2 years.
Pros: light weight. quick handling. suspension not too soft or too hard. good on gas. dont need a lot of space for parking.
Cons: lack power.
Overall review: minor add on with body brace and strut bars to kill body roll and this car is a light weight champ. good car for autocross. this car is most fun on winding mountain roads.
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A Great Little Car by Daisey on 10/19/2007. Trim: 2000 Toyota ECHO 2-Door, Owned 7 years.
Pros: Gas Mileage. Interior room--much larger than it looks. My 300+ boyfriend sat comfortably (at least I think he was comfortable) in the passenger's side. Firm seating and roomy in the back as well. You'll soon realize that you don't have to look through or over a steering wheel to see your speedometer amd realize that the instrument panel in the middle really makes sense.
Cons: Brakes wear out faster than normal. Engine light has been on constantly for the last four months --dealer can find no reason. (Car drives just fine). Drive is a little sluggish with AC running. In real hot weather, AC is barely adequate.
Overall review: Bought my car in Dec 99 (2000 model)...I would definately buy this car again--as a matter of fact I looked for a 2005 but could not find one. I like that Toyota made the latter years look more like a Toyota rather than a Toyota orphan. At 132,000+ miles and oil changes every 3000 miles (or somewhere close) it is still displaying the mark of Toyota quality. I'm hoping to make it to 200,000+ miles.
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