Toyota echo 1.5lts, 5 door sedan bought 2nd in 2006.
after having for 17 yrs, still car runs same as new, till now, done 16500kms, no major fault, only normal maintenance, consume 660kms, for full tank petrol of 35 to 40 Australian dollars, cheaper than EV cars, save 8000 dollars on petrol and new Hybrid for 10 yrs, then cost your pocket 10,000 dollars, to change batteries.
Purchased in April 2006 at parramatta car dealer for $18,500.00.
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Adore my 16 year old ‘Gertie’
I bought my Echo new in April 2004 and sixteen years later still love her. She’s done >250kms and has never once broken down. She’s still economical in fuel and everything still works perfectly. I’m now in the market for a new car as I have arthritis in my hands and shoulder and using the manual window winders is too painful. However I’m not giving her up as my husband is going to use her as a workhorse to take rubbish to the dump etc as with the rear seats down there is heaps of room. The first money we’ve spent on her was two years ago at a c...ost $1,800. The mechanic said she’ll last another five years easy. Guess what I’m buying to replace her.......the new Yaris 2020. It’s hideously overpriced but I can’t go past Toyota now. I’m so pleased she’ll still be on the family. Best. Car. Ever.
Purchased in April 2004 for $190,000.00.
Fantastic car. Great option if buying one secondhand
Brilliant little car. Nothing has gone wrong with it except the battery running out a few times (my fault). Easy to use and park as it's small but it's got enough room inside for me to regularly cart large items around (or comfortably transport other adults in the back seat).Comfy and well designed. Cheap to run and maintain. A zippy little car. The paint is deteriorating though - not sure if this is usual for a car of its age. Barely any maintenance required though. I would buy another Toyota based on my experience with this one.
Economical 1.2L petrol engine still pulling 6-7L per 100km for it's age! Cheap to maintain if regularly serviced $120-$140, in 7 years of owning the car it had 1 new battery, 1 set of spark plugs and 4 new tires as major expense, considering yearly 10-15000 Km predominantly city driving is not too bad.....@ 280,000 km its still going strong. My local mechanic isn't surprised and tells me its a "Toyota after all." The down side is the paint is chipping off and would probably deteriorate as my car is not garaged....
Bang for your Buck.
Got this car for @2,500 when I moved to Melbourne. Just had to change the timing belt after driving 20,000km. That's it. Now the car has 200,000Km on it but still not a noise from a car. Best $2,500 spent!. I would really recommend if you are on a budget.
Excellent value for money, with amazing reliability
Servicing/Reliability: Cheap, any mechanic can do it, and is happy to see you because these cars are easy to work on. The 1.3 echo does not have a cam belt - it has a timing chain - though A/C , alternator, p/steer belts should be checked regularly, and changed when necessary. At 170,000 km, our 2004 ECHO still did not need any belt changes. Asked the mechanic, he said all were in good condition and was not worth the spend
Interior: Great storage cubby's all over the place, and we liked the central dash. Inner carpets are thin and tend to w...ear in driver foot-well because there is no driver foot rest. For the size, good room - rear seats fold flat. I was able to fit a 120 litre fridge in there and close the hatch. Otherwise fairly basic, with only what you need. A/C, p/steer, and front driver/passenger airbags. We added a double DIN kenwood head unit with bluetooth and USB sometime in 2012 - aside from that, car was always stock standard. Fuel Economy: Not class leading, but pretty good (we had the 4 spd auto, manual would likely give slightly better economy). Drive/Handling: Very good for a city car. The ride is focused on passenger comfort, and it delivers. Otherwise very neutral, and at worst will start to under-steer if pushed too hard. non ABS brakes are just fine but you can find ABS models if you search.
The best car for new drivers
It's amazing how good it is when taking its running cost in concentration.
The 1.5-litre engine gave adequate performance.
I have driven it between Sydney and Melbourne three times and It cost me less than 65$ for the fuel in each (850 km) trip. I have driven it between Sydney and Melbourne three times and It cost me less than 65$ for the fuel in each (850 km) trip.
Economical and Practical
Thats toyota value car ! I bought this car as second hand and found out that car is one of the best and reliable car comparing other brands and cars in the same segments. This car is perfect for day to day use , for shopping for , city driving as it is very easy to park.
Good car, particularly as a first car. Gets you from A to B. 17 years and still working well.
I love my echo, it is reliable and has low running costs. She is 17 years old and still in great working condition, so the quality is good. I would recommend an Echo, particularly as a person's first car. The only problem I've found driving an Echo is that the steering is quite heavy, except I'm used to it now so not a big issue.
This is the perfect car if I could Marry it I would!!
Picked up my 2001 Toyota Echo two weeks and two days ago. It was the filthiest neglected car I've seen in my life. Thus far has been 18 hours and 15 minutes detailing it. Just checked my first tank of gas manual transmission I got 44 miles per gallon. I am excited this car is fantastic. It has 214,000 miles and runs like brand-new I'm extremely excited. It handles quite well. It drives fantastic. I feel this is about the best car on the planet. I have the rare seafoam metallic blue color it's gorgeous. I plan to keep her over 500,000 miles and then some.
Still working well
I got a used 2001 Toyota Echo 5 years ago. Automatic 1.3 L 5 doors hatchback. Very old car but still works extremely well. Minor issues over the years but nothing major. It is a very small car so it's very easy to park. Excellent for driving around the city. Highly recommended!
17 years and no issues
Bought dealer demo 1999 and now in 2017 still going strong. 250k Ahead of its time in design, reliable and very easy to drive. Fuel consumption is 4.8 l/100. Reco fuel pump (DIY + youtube), coils and that is it. Large boot, plenty of headroom (i'm 6') and leg room. Now driven by son and replaced by Nissan Tiida which is good but still prefer the echo around town
The best small car this side of the new millennium
Easy to drive, easier to park, very fuel efficient, extremely powerful 1.3 engine, ultra reliable & all round cheap to maintain 5 ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤
I used my echo as a courier car _ thats correct - a delivery vehichle & i can assure anyone interested in a small reliable car - the toyota echo is the best! I clicked up 455,000 kms & only changed a clutch around the 280,000km mark, this car does not miss a beat! This car is still driving on a daily basis & still reliable as ever, has got a few battle scars on body but hey @ around the 600,000km indicated on speedo, she deserves a worthwhile mention, 2 thumbs up toyota - oh what a feeling!
BOUGHT DIRT CHEAP ADDED SENSIBLE UPGRADES !!
I got my standard, 2 door, 2000 Echo two years ago from the original owner with a ridonkulous 26,000 kilometres
My second Echo. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
By far the best car i have ever owned in terms of reliability and fuel economy, The first one i owned was a 2000 5 door with gold paint that didnt stand the test of time, It also didnt have power steering, bought it with 120.000kms and drove it to almost 200.000kms for nearly 4 years without any big problems other than general maintenance. I replaced it with another 2000 model but a silver 3 door with power steering and it is so much more comfortable to drive and has awesome air conditioning this ones got 227.000 kms and i plan on keeping it ...long term. Its an easy car to drive and has sufficient handling. I always go for the manual when choosing a car especially the echo you really need the manual to get the power and fuel economy that you need. These cars will last forever if you service them correctly with the right oil and dont push them to their limits. it is very capable of long distance country driving at 110 at 3000rpm and to fill up is at worst $50 and will easily do over 600 kms without even trying. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Questions & Answers
I have a 2002 Toyota Echo with 635,000 kms on the original engine and still going strong. Car has been serviced religiously every 10,000 kms. Oil consumption is now excessive with 5LTR top-up every 10,000 kms. Am running a 15W-50 engine oil. Any recommendations on how to reduce oil consumption ?
On Toyota echo 2003 when last fuel bar flashing how many ks do I have remaining?
You would need to check the owners manual for that answer which I no longer have since selling the car.
It also depends whether you're doing highway or urban driving.
As a safe guesstimate, you should easily get another 20 kms (likely a lot more than that, but not worth the risk)
I love my 2 door echo auto 2000 but for one thing. Every time I start her from a cold start she creeps even if I press hard on the excellerater she just creeps along and then all of a sudden she will take of. I am afraid to cross the busy intersection when I leave work and as she has been left all day she creeps across the rd with on coming traffic heading straight towards me and no amount of pressure will get her to move faster. All my friends at work just get into there cars and here am I left idling my car before heading off. I love her she is wonderful a part from this dangerous this habbit. Does anyone know why she is doing this? Thanks for any help!
warm up your car perhaps?
Hey there sounds like the issue i was having very easy to fix. Grab some mass air flow cleaner from canadian tire, for like 8 bucks and clean your mass air flow sensor very easy took me like 20 min car runs like brand new! heres a video link on you tube.
I have one as well and it does the same thing.
I read somewhere (if not in the car maintenance book) that it does not shift from 3 rd to 4 th gear until the engine is warm.
I guess this is just a safety measure so the gearbox doesn't run on cold.
So don't worry, just be a bit patient.
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