A Toyota Echo BMW in the Garage
Here is both a fun and useful appraisal of a used Toyota show and tell by the Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel host---everybody’s friend, Peter---with some tongue-in-cheek humor as he discusses the merits of owning a used Toyota Echo.
The value of this video is that it reminds us that there is---or at least, was---more to Toyota when it came to reliable, easy to fix vehicles beyond the early model Corollas. While the Echo is definitely showing its age, it is also taking us back in time to a kinder, simpler age when even novice DIY mechanics with a Haynes manual in one hand and a new set of Harbor Freight Pittsburgh brand tools in the other could do many of their own maintenance and repairs.
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Take a few minutes to follow along with Peter as he praises the virtues of this lesser-mentioned Toyota model and discover why he states that “Maybe, just maybe…this is at this moment the perfect vehicle for these hard financial times” in the summary of his review of this unusual car that made it into his garage recently.
I'm sitting in the best reliable Toyota ever made
Special safety note here: While I have fond memories of living in Asia and finding in the rural areas some very creative modifications of vehicles for hauling large cargo or powering industrial sized manufacturing machinery---and still serve as the family car---taking the passenger seat out to serve as a bicycle carrier is very unsafe. Imagine a side impact scenario and having an impalement injury from the bicycle handlebars. Just a thought about a little safety.
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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