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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,633 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Toyota Echo engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 292011


  • 225,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Echo. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds above 5 mph and operating the headlights, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted after a jump and was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 225,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hethsville, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042009


  • 82,900 miles
My 2001 Toyota Echo oil light came on so I checked the oil and it was full. I drove to the place where my oil was changed last and my engine light came on. The light stayed on until I turned off my engine and would reappear from time to time. When my car started making a loud clanking noise, I got concerned and was ready to take it to the dealer when it completely lost power and I had it towed to the dealer. There they tell me that because I did not maintain my vehicle properly, engine oil sludge occurred. I proved to them my vehicle was very well maintained for over 5 years so why the sludge. They informed me that because I bought my car used, the previous owner did not maintain the car properly. It was a leased car that I bought used in 2003. The dealer is telling me it will cost about $3000 to fix this problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002

Echo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Consumercomplained having problems with fire on the engine. Also stated that while driving the vehicle was involved on a front collision and the vehicle got on fire which it lead into a total lost of the vehicle and the air bags did not deployed. Dealer was not contacted at the time of this call. Ts moment after impact the fire had ignited underneath the hood. The driver side air bag did not deploy but the passenger side air bag did deploy.

- Florence, AL, USA

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