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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,600 miles

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2002 Toyota Echo transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 072004


  • 14,000 miles


1. approaching a left turn at 15 to 25 mph, gap in on-coming traffic, press accelerator and turn left. 2. the car decelerates as the transmission takes over and lethargically downshifts, 98% of the time, causing near misses. 3. I doubt anyone cares to consider it a problem. So, how many more broadsides occur with echoes than the average for other cars, or has no one ever checked?

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 142004

Echo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Vehicle would intermittently jump out of drive into neutral when applying the accelerator pedal from a stop/slow motion or from increasing the speed to high levels. Vehicle had been to the dealer on three occasions, and they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Ocean View, DE, USA

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