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2003 Toyota Echo

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 30/Hwy 38/Comb 33 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2003 Toyota Echo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 383 Ratings for the 2000 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

I do not want to part with my precious green Echo.

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"!4 Years old and running like a charm! Great mileage and easy to maintain. Moving out of state and we should sell it, but it's like a pal. Reliable, good in snow, interior is good. Always passes inspection. Waaahhh!"

Love this car

By on Saturday, July 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "mpg, fun, reliable, smooth ride, handles well"

Cons: "noisy on the highway"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car a couple months ago. My mechanic told me these cars only really have problems with the starter and mine has already been replaced. I've put about 10,000 miles on it in the few months I've had it and I haven't had any problems. It runs great and gets exceptional gas mileage (47 on the highway with the vent instead of the A/C) . I was hesitant about getting a car that was completely manual, but it really hasn't been a much of an inconvenience as I anticipated. I really like how simple the layout inside is. I didn't have to read the manual to know where anything is because it's all clearly marked and right there."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Make Them Again!!!

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 302,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Everything!!"

Cons: "No intermittent wipers, no sideview mirror access"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Two door 2002 Echo was bought brand new on Oct 31, 2001. It now has 302,000 miles on it and I'm still averaging 45mpg in the summer!! The only work done has been wheel bearings replaced several times. Wisconsin winters are helping to rust it out, but I'll drive it till she's given up the ghost!! Please bring these little mpg gems back!!"

Why Oh Why Did They Stop Making This Car?

By on Saturday, June 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, reliable, economical"

Cons: "Idiots at Toyota Quit Making It"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car in Feb. of 2000, and it is still going strong. My husband is pressuring me to start thinking about buying another car, but I can't find anything that comes close to the Echo's comfort and reliability. I have the four door model, and it's high enough off the ground to enter and exit easily without twisting, even though I and my friends are well into middle age. The interior feels really large, and you have a LOT of headroom, even 6 foot guys have felt comfortable riding in it. I live pretty close to where I work, so while the mileage is low for how old it is, it's spent a lot of time on the road. It has great visibility and it really feels like a much bigger car than it is with it's stable smooth ride. And my mileage has been very good, with my commute, which is only 8 or 9 miles but timewise is a half hour of "stop and go" every day in an urban area, I can go three weeks on one tank of gas. Other than changing the tires and the oil I only had one problem with it (in 2011 a computer chip went bad and had to be replaced.) I may keep the car another 14 years, I haven't driven anything new that comes close. So disappointed I can't get a new version of this."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I will die before it!`

By on Thursday, June 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Outside noise, 2 doors. People make fun of it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car in 2004 for $6900 and it had 16K miles on it. It's been my commuter car ever since. Ten years later it has 160K on it, is valued at $2650 and my mechanic says it will go forever, which is more than I can say for myself. When I first got it I got 45 mpg hwy (which is most of my commute). I now get 38-40 mpg depending on time of year, tires, and outside temp. Mind you I added a roof rack with bike racks and haul a bike around a bit, which can subtract from mileage. I can park it anywhere and it still looks like new. It is so roomy on the inside that I fit 3 obese brothers comfortably with lots of head and leg room. It was amusing watching them get in and out of a 2 door car though."

Unbelievably fantastic car!

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 330,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, fuel efficient, roomy"

Cons: "Not made anymore!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought our car new in 2003 and have never wanted for more. It was cheap to buy (even with cruise control and AC), it's extremely fuel efficient (we get a consistent 39 mpg on the highway), you can easily feel the road and how the car reacts to different surfaces (icy, wet, dry, gravel, etc), it's zippy, super-easy to park and you can haul an amazing amount of stuff in it. It fits our family of three (plus a large dog) comfortably. We have always done the required fluid changes (oil, transmission, etc.) and have never had any issues with it. This car will last another 200,000 miles easily."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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