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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,275 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Toyota Echo transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 042004

Echo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,275 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Echo. The vehicle was purchased on July 14, 2004. The consumer felt vibration in the front end, the shock absorbers leaked and the door latches were broken. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership where they fixed the leaking shock absorbers and broken door latches. The window sticker stated that it would get 39 miles per gallon of gas when it only got 24 to 27 miles per gallon of gas. The vehicle would not stay in overdrive. A week ago the vehicle was in a front end collision and upon impact the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled. The consumer sustained back, neck, left shoulder and a right knee injuries. A police report was taken. There were no fires. (11/30/05) other problems: Transmission shifted hard, engine noise (ticking/rattleing), the brakes squeaked, there were loud interior squeaks, pulling to the right and rough idle.

- Sedona , AZ, USA

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