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Toyota Echo



  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Welcome to the club! How many miles? My sons ECHO is 10 years old and `140k but it looks to be in excellent shape.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Wow- great price for a great little car! Congrats and welcome to the Echo family. :D
  • its a 2000 with 122k miles on it. Great condition. I'm seriously thinking of doing a road trip in this thing soon. i dont forsee any problems.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Check your Cv boots for tears. I recommend every oil change to check also. If you catch it early you can just replace the boots and not the $$$ axles. Hows the air filter and sparkplugs? You should also check the brake pads. Just requires removing the front wheel.
    Good luck!
  • bruce3681bruce3681 Posts: 4
    edited September 2010
    I bought my echo new in 2000. I now own a 2008 Fit and 2010 Mazda 3. I still love to drive the echo over the fit but the Mazda 3 is now my favorite. I hope it proves as solid as the echo. The echo at 130k has been really good to us. Excellent cheap transportation with only minor drama over the years. My son drives it now. He doesn't take the best care of it, but, its probably the best car for somebody like him.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    edited September 2010
    So do tell - why do you prefer to drive the Echo over the Fit? As I begin to think about replacing the Echo in the next year or so, the Fit is one of the candidates for being the replacement. Is it harder or worse to drive? In what way?

    I have to "echo" your sentiments by the way. I will never own a car the rest of my life that will give me as few problems (read: NONE) as my Echo or be so inexpensive to operate, of that I am sure. At 142K now, and still cruising, and I will definitely be keeping it past the 150K mark.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • My 33 year old son, who drove the Echo for 4 years with no complaints, does not like the looks of the Fit.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    The Fit is ugly (and this from an Echo driver). When we got my wife's new car a couple of years ago, she didn't even test-drive the Fit - she got a Yaris. :D
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    What about the new Fiesta?
  • I'm in the process of strongly buying a 2002 Toyota Echo in another state...about 1100 miles from home. The car is located at a dealer. My question is; Is it possible to have the car shipped to my state? Or is their a "business" that helps out of state buyers get the car sent to them? I"m trying to avoid extra costs of flying, hotel, etc, . Then, if I fly out there, and the car is not what I thought, I would be out of money too. This will be my first internet car buying experience, and I need some advice please.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Heres what you can do:

    If you know someone who lives near the car, they could check it out for you. I live in NJ, have worked as a car mechanic, and would be happy to do that. Maybe someone on this site lives near it and could help?

    Shipping the car would be at least $500 and probably more. Its not going to save you any money Im afraid.

    I just bought a motorcycle in Texas, flew down there, and drove it home. That is common with motorcyclists. People selling motorcycles know that (in general) so when they sell they make efforts to accomodate buyers. I understand your feelings about getting there and the car isnt what you thought. Do you think the sales people have been responsive to you? Have they made some sort of gesture/said something that makes you think you can trust them? Basically thats all you can go by. Your gut instincts. With motorcycles theres kind of a bond of brotherhood. I have sold several bikes to out of state people. I told them the truth, tried to help wherever I could. I look for that when Im buying out of state. When I went to TX I had a good feeling about they buyr. I was right: the bike was everything he said it was.

    Did you use Craigslist?

    You must live in a rural area without many ECHOs. If not I sure would look closer to your area. Its possible to do what you want but really you are taking a chance. ECHOs in general are EXCELLENT cars. Maybe the most reliable ever made. Having said that you are completely at the mercy of the dealer.

    I wil look on Clist locally here in NJ if you want. I would be willing to check out the car you you, gratis. I have a lot of experiences with ECHOs and cars in general.

    Good Luck!
  • There are SO many scams out there related to internet sales that involve shipping vehicles. While this may be perfectly legitimate, I would insist on having someone see the vehicle in person before you buy it. If the seller won't let you do that, run, run away.

    In my opinion, you are better off working with a local dealership. Tell them what you're looking for, and they may be able to locate one coming up for auction to buy & then sell to you.

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  • Wow! That's a VERY kind offer, kneisl1. You get a gold star for the day. :)

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  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    The are about 30-40 ECHOs for sale in the Craigslist for the Philly area. 99% of them are dealers selling ECHOs with way over 100k miles on them for $5000-6000. There are two private sallers. One of them wants $5100 for an ECHO (2002?) with 21k miles on it.

    Thats a HUGE increase in numbers in just a few months.
  • mnmanmnman Posts: 27
    I was heading home from work back in June when my 01 4 door was broad sided by a driver running a stop sign in a intersection where I had the right of way. She swung the car 180 degree but everyone was OK... That's the second time my car was technically totaled. But it cruises just fine, straight braking too, but the back drivers door is bashed in.... As it turned out the lady who hit me had no insurance. That's why we ended up doing a show called Swift Justice with Nancy Grace in Atlanta that aired on 11/03. 3K for me, I invested it in 145,000 on er, just hoping that was the last mishap for us!!

    Did I see someone post earlier from Wisconsin that drives to the Twin Cities and back every day? Kneisl maybe... I'm in Winter, WI, also known as the boonies!! 3 people per sq. mile up here in the forest. Many many trips to St. Paul!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    You sure it's still safe to drive? Glad to hear there were no injuries!

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Nope not me I live in beautiful Camden NJ.
  • Hi,

    First of all, I'm female and know NOTHING about cars. However, I inheirted my mom's 2000 Toyota Echo, it currenly has 48K miles. Everything is original on the car.

    The problem I just started having is, it seems to either vibrate or shimmy at low speed--25 miles/hour. It's not real pronounced...but definitely noticeable. The tires seem fine.

    Any ideas guys/gals? :blush:
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    edited November 2010
    It might just be the wheels are out of balance. There are typically tiny weights added to the wheels to make sure there is no vibration but they can fall off, or be knocked off by brushing against a curb. If you look at your tire rim, you'll see at least one wheel probably has this little weight clipped to the rim. If this has only recently started happening, you might even be able to find a "clean spot" on one of the wheels from where the weight was formerly attached. The vibration can occur at any speed, and will go away again just above and below that range.

    Most any car shop, even Sears auto shops can check the wheel balance and fix it for you. I don't know if your mom kept her service records, but there may even be a warranty for her tires and that often includes life-time balancing. With mileage that low, they are probably the original tires, so you might be able to get the Toyota dealer to do it for free.

    Don't let someone talk you into a full wheel alignment unless you actually start to notice the car pulling to the left or right while driving or notice very uneven tire wear.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    I agree first thing check the tire balance. Its NOT the alignment and you may be pressured at the shop to have one done.

    I want to tell you that you are now the owner of one of the most reliable, practical, and economical cars ever made. It is a truely outstanding vehicle. Take care of it and it will serve you and your family well.

    We are always here if you have questions.
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