There was a time I bought and repaired the fancy, expensive and exotic cars....
but now the I fill the building with THESE....
It's just all about being GREEN!!!
I am a huge Echo fan and have owned several and actually have 5 of them, I just sold a 2000 model on Craig's last year and just sold the other 2000 in April or 2009. They aren't much to look at and certainly aren't luxurious, but they get you back and forth cheaper than almost ANY gasoline car made. You could spend $25,000 on a Prius and get 45 MPG or Spend $6000 on an Echo and up to 42 MPG (which I have gotten in my 2000) They really hold their value around this price range, and typically sell for more than book. Just check Autotrader! Cheap to insure, Easy to work on, not many power accessories to break. These 2002 on the far right is For Sale!!!
BTW - Did you know the Echo has the same engine as the New Prius and Yaris? Only the Prius has the additional electric motor to help offset your gasoline usage, but the Echo has more horsepower. Very Peppy little car!
It's the same engine as the Echo. The Echo weighs 987kg and the Prius weighs 1,300kg. The Echo uses the Otto cycle instead of Atkinson cycle. HP and torque ratings of the Echo motor and the Prius ICE motor:
Echo Sedan/Hatchback: 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE; 108 HP, 105 lb ft torque
Prius: 1.5 litre 1NZ-FXE; 76
HP, 82 lb ft of torque.
Here's a list of the MSN top 10 MOST fuel efficient cars sold in North America (I think it was in 2002). Notice the Echo is first in the list of GASOLINE ONLY cars. Not to mention Diesel fuel now costs on average more a gallon than unleaded @ $4.89 a gallon
Best Fuel Economy Cars
Other small cars make up the rest of the list. Here are the top ten fuel-efficient model lines as listed in MSN Autos, based on EPA data:
2002 Echo's had a timing chain, so
there is no timing belt that needs to be replaced.
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