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As with any used car, try to do some detective work on maintenance history. If the car is from a high rust area such as Michigan, Ohio, or Vermont etc. I would look closely at the front subframe for signs of rot. Typically these cars are bullet proof and the drive trains last an easy 180,000 miles on average. The Echo is very simple and doesn't have any complicated auto temp control systems or other accessories that fail. Both the auto and man trans are very reliable, trans preference is up to the driver as the man trans tends to give you more peppy acceleration; I prefer an auto as I don't like to shift gears. I purchased mine a year ago with 80k miles and now have 96k miles. I have done zero work to this car with the exception of a few oil changes and wiper blades. Hope this helps.
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