Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Toyota Echo has better fuel economy & far less problems than its competitors.

Typical fuel economy reported by owners starts at 35 MPG, with 40-50 MPG easily possible with some thoughtful driving. With not even a hint of any major problems, the Toyota Echo is a fantastically reliable car with fuel economy that puts some "eco-friendly" hybrids 10 years newer to shame.


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Average Mileage:
102,526 miles
Total Complaints:
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2004 Toyota Echo fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #1

May 302013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,526 miles


I bought a used Toyota expecting a level of reliability; instead this has proven the least dependable vehicle I've owned in 23 years. My Chryslers and Nissans had far fewer issues. I've spent $1,700 on repairs in 3 months - belts, breaks, gasoline flush, etc. Not yet done is a $950 repair to fix the gas valve flapper and charcoal canister contaminated by the faulty valve. I was told by the dealership that this problem is the likely cause of morning start hesitations and repeated sputtering and prevents more than $0.75 of gas pumping in at a time before nozzle kickback. It takes about 20 minutes to fill it's tank. Now the exhaust is also failing and the vehicle jolts shifting down gears at about 50/mph or 80/kmph. It's very fuel efficient - especially when it isn't moving at all, which regrettably is too often. Crappy, cheap interior, poor paint job, bad breaks ... Overall rating: 3/10.

- , Dunnviklle, ON, canada

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