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2001 Toyota ECHO Consumer Reviews

4.8
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Reliable Practicality and Fun

by from Bakersfield, CA on June 10, 2010

We bought our 2001 Echo new in Feb 2001 (4-dr, auto trans and AC but otherwise no frills -- manual everything). As of June 2010, we have 97K miles on it and have never had it in the shop except for a ...
We bought our 2001 Echo new in Feb 2001 (4-dr, auto trans and AC but otherwise no frills -- manual everything). As of June 2010, we have 97K miles on it and have never had it in the shop except for a change of the front brake pads. Other than that, routine maintenance, fluid changes, new tires, etc. are all that's been done. It still runs great; we use it almost daily. I wish they still made this car. Because of its reliability and MPG, it's one of the lowest cost vehicles a person can own. We intend to drive it until it dies. One of the reasons for the reliability is that Toytota has been making 1.5 litre engines for a long time and they do it very well. And the 2001 model has a timing chain, so no changing a belt every 60K miles. The trunk is huge for a car of this size, and the car seats four adults comfortably. My son is 6 foot 2 now and can still drive it comfortably. A sports car it's not, but it does everything we have needed and then some. And after almost 10 years of hard use, including kids who are now teenagers, the upholstery, interior and paint is still in good shape. I still get 30 MPG or more around town and about 38-42 on the highway. The car is tall for a small car, and a little light, so high winds buffet it a bit, but it holds the road and I've never felt unstable or unsafe in it. It can turn and park in small spaces and is very easy to drive. The center guage cluster is easy to get used to and I like that it leaves more windshield to see through ahead of me when I'm driving. The professional auto press generally panned this car as dumpy looking and tinny, but those of us who have actually bought and driven one almost universally love and praise it. Trust the latter. This is a car you can buy with your eyes closed.
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Over 300,000 miles

by from St. louis, MO on August 4, 2012

The echo is hands down the best small car ever. I purchased a well maintained 2001 echo 5spd with 89,000 miles on it. Drove it 5 days a week 200 miles per day round trip commute, and numerous other we...
The echo is hands down the best small car ever. I purchased a well maintained 2001 echo 5spd with 89,000 miles on it. Drove it 5 days a week 200 miles per day round trip commute, and numerous other weekend trips. 40-45 mpg every tank. Only mechanical issue was the ignition coils went bad one by one around 200,000-250,000 miles. Each was $100 plus 10 minutes of my own labor. Other than that I had routine maintenance, and one wheel bearing (around 275,000m). Drove it till she had over 300,000 miles n sold it for $1800. Best car ever... sniff.
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Economical Car

by from Silver Spring, MD on June 10, 2012

The 2001 has the timing chain. The most economical car I've ever owned. I have the 4 speed manual, which is very economical , more than the automatic. This is ok if you like to shift gears. The car ha...
The 2001 has the timing chain. The most economical car I've ever owned. I have the 4 speed manual, which is very economical , more than the automatic. This is ok if you like to shift gears. The car has plenty of head room as others have stated and you can stretch you legs also. The car is easy to get in and out of and the back seat passengers have enough room also. The car has little pickup but cruises easily on the highway. It can easily go 60 and 70 mph. I got 42 mpg on my first test. I reccomend the car.
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most reliable car i've own

by from NH on May 11, 2011

i bought my echo bran new 11 years ago , i have put some money in to it but that beats a car payment i love my ehco
i bought my echo bran new 11 years ago , i have put some money in to it but that beats a car payment i love my ehco
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Great Car If You Can Find One

by from Palm Bay, FL on May 25, 2010

We bought our Echo new, in 2001. Manual seats, manual windows, automatic with AC. Plain and simple. It now has about 150K miles on it and still runs and looks great. Normal maintenance (fluids, tires,...
We bought our Echo new, in 2001. Manual seats, manual windows, automatic with AC. Plain and simple. It now has about 150K miles on it and still runs and looks great. Normal maintenance (fluids, tires, battery, shocks) is all we've done over the 9 years we've had it. Did you know 2001 was the "only" year the Echo came with a timing chain (versus a belt)? That means no belt replacement every 50-60K miles, which will save you a few hundred $$$! We highly recommend this car for anyone in the family. It's cheap to run, cheap to maintain and reliable.
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2001 Echo

by from Eldersburg on December 25, 2012

Great value for the money, especially if a manual transmission. Auto trans is good also. A basic car that works! Get 32 to 39 mpg. Got 41.7 mpg once. Lowest mpg 29 once.
Great value for the money, especially if a manual transmission. Auto trans is good also. A basic car that works! Get 32 to 39 mpg. Got 41.7 mpg once. Lowest mpg 29 once.
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I loved it!

by from Bay Area on May 13, 2009

Awesome car! Bought it with 70K 3 years ago after a lot of research. Great hwy gas mileage, good city mileage, easy to park. Big trunk for such a small car. It isn't flashy so it never got messed with...
Awesome car! Bought it with 70K 3 years ago after a lot of research. Great hwy gas mileage, good city mileage, easy to park. Big trunk for such a small car. It isn't flashy so it never got messed with (important when living in a big city). Lots of headroom. I love that it sits higher off the ground, it has better vision & I don't hit my head getting in like in all of my old cars. Got in a bad car wreck recently, t-boned. The car was a total loss, but we walked away. Can't wait to buy another one!
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finest motorcar ever made

by from International Falls, Minnesota on December 12, 2009

My sister bought a 2000 Echo new, and the first time I rode in it, I was so impressed that I knew there had to be an Echo in my future. It took a while to track one down, because I never buy new cars ...
My sister bought a 2000 Echo new, and the first time I rode in it, I was so impressed that I knew there had to be an Echo in my future. It took a while to track one down, because I never buy new cars (let somebody else eat that first year drop off in value) and nobody that ever bought one ever seems to want to sell it. (My sister has 175,000 + on hers and won't sell it because they do not make them any more) I finally bought a 2001 and it has more than lived up to my expectations. Of course Toyota quit making them. We, the customers were getting WAYYYYY to much value for price, and that had to end. The Yaris does not make a pimple on the butt of an Echo. Ya gotta love those auto manufacturers.
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Great car, but fun? Eh!

by from Gibsons, BC on June 17, 2008

Can't complain at all. Had it from new, and never been to a garage. Great mileage and easy to drive. A bit light on the highway. It is easy to drive, but not as much fun as a VW or a Mini. I had a VW ...
Can't complain at all. Had it from new, and never been to a garage. Great mileage and easy to drive. A bit light on the highway. It is easy to drive, but not as much fun as a VW or a Mini. I had a VW Cabriolet I wanted to keep instead of the Echo, but my wife said no, the Echo is just too darned practical!
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Love my Echo

by from Millburn NJ on October 7, 2009

I have a 2001 Toyota Echo and will keep it as long as it will run. As far as I'm concerned there's nothing on the market I would want for replacing it and I'm sorry they're no longer available. It has...
I have a 2001 Toyota Echo and will keep it as long as it will run. As far as I'm concerned there's nothing on the market I would want for replacing it and I'm sorry they're no longer available. It has been very reliable, handles well, has excellent gas mileage and is never in the garage except for routine maintenance. I find the driver's seat very comfortalbe as well.
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