Toyota Echo - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota Echo owners have reported a total of 254 problems for their cars built in the 6 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Toyota Echo. The 2000 Toyota Echo cars have the most problems reported (112 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Toyota Echo

Model Year Number of Problems
  2005 Echo
13
  2004 Echo
1
  2003 Echo
21
  2002 Echo
46
  2001 Echo
61
  2000 Echo
112

  Common problems of Toyota Echo

The following chart shows the 23 most common problems for Toyota Echo cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (48 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's service brakes, hydraulic (43 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota Echo

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
48
  Service Brakes
43
  Vehicle Speed Control
29
  Engine And Engine Cooling
24
  Power Train
21
  Electrical System
17
  Equipment
13
  Suspension
9
  Seat Belt
7
  Steering
6
   
  Gasoline Fuel System
6
  Tire
6
  Structure
4
  Visibility
4
  Wheel
4
  Other Fuel System
3
  Unknown Or Other
3
  Exterior Lighting
2
  Latches/locks/linkage
1
  Parking Brake
1
  Electronic Stability Control
1
  Interior Lighting
1
  Seats
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Toyota Echo of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Echo model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Toyota Echo model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Echo Model Years

Echo
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2005 1310,26213    
0.10
  2004 15,69714    
0.01
  2003 2135,11215    
0.04
  2002 4632,49516    
0.09
  2001 6152,69417    
0.07
  2000 11256,69918    
0.11

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Toyota Echo is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2005 Echo
2
  2003 Echo
6
  2002 Echo
6
  2001 Echo
8
  2000 Echo
23


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