Toyota Echo

Toyota Echo

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The Toyota Echo (also called the Toyota Yaris) is a subcompact car available as a hatchback, coupe or sedan. Read more Toyota reviews to learn about other models.


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Rated with 1 star
Original review: Oct. 12, 2011

I have a 2003 Toyota Echo. I failed a smog certification in August 2011; I had work done to fix the emissions problems, and then went back for a retest and my check engine light failed to come on, so I was sent away. I took it to the Toyota of Glendale, CA dealership and they told me that the oil sludge had affected the sensors and there was little I could do about the sludge. They couldn't guarantee their fix of the check engine light that would get me through the smog cert.

18 people found this review helpful
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Original review: June 11, 2001

I recently purchased a 2001 Toyota Echo at Toyota of Santa Cruz only to discover, that it has a serious noise problem that doesn't show up right away and is continuing to get worse. I am finding Toyota to be unresponsive, and I am concerned that because the noise is getting worse, that it goes beyond noise - which is bad enough - but also may be a safety issue. Toyota knows about the problem, and is selling these cars anyway, without telling warning the customer of the potential problems.

After I put couple of hundred miles the car, as the transmission heated up the car began to give off a loud and extremely hi-pitched whine, like a hydraulic drill only not as loud. Out on the highway, it gets louder the longer you drive. It gets so loud, even the air conditioning at full blast won't drown it out. It is far worse on warm days, and again, gets worse as you drive.
I am afraid to go on any long trips, for fear of what may happen if whatever is making the noise starts to create other problems - since it sounds like something that rubs on something else and that gets progressively worse as the car heats. Toyota went so far as to replace the transmission, But this didn't fix the problem AT ALL.
I had only had the car 3 weeks, and it only has 500 miles on it - and now they (the dealership) is giving me the run around, telling me I have to go through arbitration, and Toyota has never gotten back to me. One of the dealership's employees basically told me that it was just my tough luck, because HE didn't think it was a problem - this after they replaced the transmission on the advice of their own diagnostician, and after Toyota admitted that there was a problem.
I contacted Toyota directly, and they have not responded at all. It is to the point where anything I ask for, be it paperwork or whatever, they just say no. I have been very resonable, polite and civil so they have no excuse for this behaviour, except that they are just hoping I will go away, But I will not let this go, I cant, they sold me a defective car.
I suggested they give me a different Echo, since not all the Echos seem to be this loud, but they said no. And Toyota is now admitting that they knew about this problem with these cars, and it is just my bad luck until they figure out how to, or decide to, fix it. I really feel ripped off!

Is there anything else I can do? I got rid of my old car BECAUSE of the loud obnoxious noises it made, and it was undependable, but my new car is just as bad. I am not a wealthy person, I am unemployed as I do computer work and like so many other people in my industry in California, I was laid off. so my resources for taking legal action are limited.

39 people found this review helpful
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