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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,470 miles

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2002 Toyota Echo engine problems

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2002 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 302015

Echo 4-cyl

  • 66,292 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Our Toyota excels to top speed on its own full speed. This almost had us in a very serious accident. The dealer says there is nothing wrong with the car but this happened twice last week 12/30/15 Toyota gave us a case # NI50883640 however, they have not done anything about it, what can we do?

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 202014

Echo 4-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
I shifted into reverse to back out of a driveway when the car suddenly accelerated on its own. It crossed the street and ran over a brick planter box, knocked down a crape myrtle tree and finally hit the neighbor's SUV. I applied the brakes to no avail and had no time to shift into neutral or turn off the ignition. After the accident, I checked the gas pedal to see if it was against the floor or if the floor mat was interfering with it, but found nothing wrong. The car was totaled and my back was injured.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 192012

Echo 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Stuck throttle on Jan 19th, 2012 when accelerator pressed to floor. Recovered by pulling up with foot. Tried to reproduce the same day and was able to. Took to dealer (boulder Toyota) on Jan 30th. They claimed they were unable to reproduce but thought carpet might be interfering with foot pedal and recommended I change all of carpet in car at a cost of $1200. I asked them to just trim the card around the pedal, and they told me they couldn't do that. Tried to reproduce after dealer visit and was unable. Inspected on Feb 3rd, and it appeared like carpet might have been pulled back around hole in floor. I pushed it back into position, and then tried to reproduce the stuck throttle and was able.

- Lafayette, CO, USA

problem #4

Jan 042010

Echo 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Echo. The contact stated that while he was at a traffic light with his foot off of the accelerator pedal the engine idled and accelerated to a higher speed. He had to put his foot on the brakes and shift into neutral gear in order to stop the vehicle from idling. The failure has occurred several times. The manufacturer was called and a claim was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and a diagnostic test was performed which confirmed the accelerator pedal malfunctioned. The dealer advised the contact the he would be responsible for the repair cost since there were no recalls. The dealer refused to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 03/12/10. When the beginning acceleration, the engine would rev at a high idle and the vehicle would pick up speed and severe brake pressure was need to stop the vehicle. Updated 09/14/10

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012007

Echo

  • miles
Toyota floor mat over accelerator- this happened to me! more than once! I discovered what it was the second time it happened. I pulled the emergency brake and put the car in neutral both times. Toyota Echo, 2002.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #2

May 312002

Echo

  • miles
Consumer state that while in heavy traffic the car suddenly accelerated, the brakes would not stop the car, and also to averted a collision the consumer then turn into a parking lot when in parking lot consumer state that he had to put car in neutral from hitting brick wall approx 15 feet away car was only 3 weeks old, this happen with cruise control control on but not engaged, on another occasion the cruse control was off when te vehicle suddenly accelerated.

- Drexel, MO, USA

problem #1

May 312002

Echo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle will accelerate to 60mph without hitting the gas pedal. Have to put vehicle in neutral to stop it. Contacted dealer, cannot locate cause. The sudden acceleration incidence occurred three times. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem in test driving, but removed the cruise control. The problem was not corrected by removing the cruise control.

- Drexel, MO, USA

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