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TOYOTA ECHO Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • Big cabin for the car's size
  • Digital speedo quite advanced for its time
  • Willing and reasonably smooth 1.3L engine
  • Build quality
  • Better 1.5L engine not in all hatch variants
  • Some models were short on safety/convenience features
  • Sedan's frumpy styling
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Toyota Echo

Overview of the Toyota Echo

TOYOTA ECHO GENERATIONS

1999-2005

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

1.3L 4-cylinder: 5.8 to 6.5 litres per 100km

1.5L 4-cylinder: 5.7 to 6.7 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO TOYOTA ECHO

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: TOYOTA ECHO (1999 TO 2005)

Not much to report here, thanks to the Echo being a typical Toyota and, therefore, pretty darn reliable.

But you do need to check a few things, starting with the service record. These engines were physically small and held only a small amount of oil. And since they worked pretty hard, it's important that oil and filter changes were not skipped.

During the test drive, check that the heater control isn't too stiff to move and that the air-conditioning blows icy-cold air at you.

Unfortunately, the Echo is one of the many cars that was caught up in the Takata air-bag fiasco, so a check with a Toyota dealer will give you the latest updates on this ongoing saga and information on what your next move should be.

It's a moving target, unfortunately, as more and more cars are added to the recall list.