Illustrious is defined as: "Well known, respected, and admired for past achievements"
I can't think of any other word to better summarize the Echo's career. While many liked to poke fun at my car (including me) it never let me down. I have driven this car for 7 years and never once has it left me broken down and stranded or in a snow bank. We were a good team, very frequently inducing head scratching and questions like "how did you jam all that shit in there?!" or "how the hell did you make it here in this weather?!" or "why are you going so slow up this hill?!"
It has been a steadfast companion and strangely enough I think I'm going to miss it a lot. These last few weeks the Echo has burned bright but ultimately too hot. I fear that its demise at this time is most assuredly due directly to what I have put it through lately but I am glad that some of my final memories with the Echo will be 4hrs of white knuckle driving trying to get to Sugarbush for a powder day. Passing stuck SUV's and Pickups along the way. It's time to put that 4 banger to rest, you've earned it.
Then look at these.
Thanks for always delivering me to awesome. You'll be sorely missed.