2003 Toyota Echo Owner Reviews & Problems


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Excellent economy car for reliable transportation for years

I have owned this car since 2005, so 15 years. I bought it used with 6,000 miles on it. This car has been incredibly reliable. It gets good gas mileage. I have had to do several expensive repairs on it recently, but those are due to age, not quality. Downsides are that it is a base model and not very physically comfortable to ride in, and also that it is a cheaper construction, so it has a very noisy cabin now.

- Liz M

2003 Toyota echo: CD bops for the win.

My vehicle is small, so that helps to keep the gas bills low, and believe me it helps a broke college student out. The only problem I have with it is that it does not have cruise control or an AUX cord. I have spent extra money on CDs because I hate the radio, but it is not too bad. I can rely on my car to get me from point A to point B, and that is all that matters.

- Jen R

Great size and gas mileage!

Great gas mileage, fits into small parking spaces, and was very well priced. I've had little to no issues with this vehicle. The only thing I did not care for when I purchased was that it didn't come standard with power locks and windows. Had to purchase 2 packages to get those.

- Jeri C

The most important thing is that it is a dependable car that is good for commutes to work or wherever you need to go.

I like the size of the car. It is small and it is easy to drive. Also, it is good for parking. Although, there is no power windows, the music speakers are not great, and there is no clock.

- Matt C

It is great for a person without kids or one that needs a lot of interior space.

I like that my car is easy to drive. It gets good miles per gallon. It is getting too small for my family now. It was good before kids. I now need a bigger one for my growing family.

- Kelley D

Great mileage, reliability and comfort. Small and maneuverable, great power,

My Echo is one of the best cars I have owned. It get fantastic gas mileage and is pretty comfortable. The trunk has a huge capacity. The car has been completely reliable

- Denise B

That it runs great and the air conditioner does not work that well.

The car runs good. The air conditioner does not work that well and there is not a rear window defroster. Have not had any major problems, it is just old and out of date.

- Phyllis M

My car is compact, but yet it still feels like you have a presence on the road.

I love that it is a compact car but I still sit high on the road. I love the gas mileage. I love the sound system. I dislike that it came without cruise control.

- Sharon S

Very good gas mileage in the 30 to 35 mpg range.

The car is small so it fits into tight spots. I am 6 foot tall and I have plenty of room inside the car. The seats are very comfortable. I get about 35 mpg.

- john w

The one most important thing others should know about my car is it gets great gas mileage.

I love that I own it. It gets great gas mileage. It is a good size for me to drive. I don't like that it is old so it needs repairs more often than I like.

- JA B

This car gets good gas mileage and also is dependable too!

I love that it's good on gas and reliable.I love that it's a Toyota because I love Toyota's.I dislike that there isn't enough cup holders.

- Tonya P

It's a very reliable vehicle, good on gas and we've had it for about 10 years now. One of the only issues we've had was with the ac and heat going out.

Its very small and compact so if you do a lot of travelling its not the best vehicle for that. It doesn't have much storage space.

- Megan S

its small but its kickass and its reliable and ive never had any real problems with it except for natural wear and tear

it's a small car and i really like it except that the brakes go fast seems like i'm replacing them every year same with tires

- Jared S

Long lasting commuter car.

Excellent fuel mileage. It has held up well over the years. It is very basic. No power windows or doors. No cruise control.

- Kari M

It's better than nothing. It gets me where I need to go. It gets decent gas mileage

I'm not crazy about it. It runs and gets me from point A to Point B. Not the most comfortable car but It's what I have.

- Rhonda B

It's in great condition. Runs smoothly, air conditioning works great. Saves gas.

My vehicle runs great despite its age.. Toyota is great brand as well... I just wish I could have something a bit newer.

- Kelly G

It has a good engine. It rarely goes in for service.

My Toyota gets good gas mileage. It has lasted for 15 yrs. it has plenty of legroom. The trunk is a good size.

- Jon D

great mileage, whether on the highway or in town

great simple standard shift car with excellent mileage. Toyota stopped making them unfortunately

- Blaine l

Its Reliable! You can count on it to start. It's also very economical.

I love the gas mileage, reliability-it always starts, and the trunk space. No Complaints!


I have owned my car for 15 years and it is the longest I have owned a car.

Good gas mileage. It has always been reliable. I have owned it for 15 years.

- Matthew D

Nothing. Very good car. Runs well with no mechanical issues

Nothing. No complaints about the vehicle at all. No mechanical issues

- Birgitta C

It's very light in weight.

I love the life of the car. I dislike the size and weight of the car

- K F