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Toyota Echo



  • What ever you do, do not put in another Toyota radio there is a big problem with them , just go to a stero shop in your area and they can recommend something that will fit, my personal preference is JVC

  • The radios are a big problem with these cars -- get it out of there and install a new aftermarket stero and also check the Rear Speaker wires

  • On the Echo's there develop a mysterious phantom draw in the System - it is in the radio. There is a problem with the factory steros in the cars. Replace with after market stero's

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Yeah, that's what I figure.

    I wonder if they will cause my fuel economy to go UP at all. That would be a nice side benefit......

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • thank you so much got the rings yesterday and now its just fine
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    You took the transmission apart and put new synchros in yourself? Impressive!
  • Check engine light came on today. Went to auto zone. They got the code of o2 sensor or cat. converter. Anyone know the replacement costs for these parts?
    thanks as usual:)
  • Looking to buy a new toyota 2010 yaris hatchback. Are they or have they been as reliable and fuel efficient as the Echo? Yaris sight not that informative.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    My Yaris is OK. I dont like it as much as my 2001 ECHO. The ride is stiffer and the car not as manuverable as the ECHO. A Yaris is much bigger than an ECHO and thats not good. I dont think the Yaris is built as well either. Its certainly heavier than the ECHO. The mileage with auto trans is averaging 36 which is pretty good considering 100% of my driving is city. I got 41 mpg on the only trip i took with the cruise on 74 mph. The ECHO got 40 mpg driving in the city and once got 52 mpg on a trip to AC going 60-65.
    The best new car out there is the Yaris. I just wish I could drive my ECHO with the manual transmission. The ECHO is the best small car ever made, IMO.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    I agree with you on most every point except maneuvering. The Echo has a tremendous amount of body roll compared to the Yaris. It will still corner well if you know what you're doing, but the Yaris is much better around the bends; I can't wait to put some slightly stickier tires on it and it will be better still.
  • Thanks. I test drove a 2 door hatch with 5 speed. i thought it handled well. good acceleration to highway speed. But yeah I have the 2001 ECHO too. great car best car i ever owned. close to 220,000 miles now, nothing major in terms of repairs. its nimble, radio still excellent. gas mileage still low 40's. But burns maybe quart of oil every 1,000. But keep under 70 burns close to nothing
    I was even thinking of getting a well maintained echo as my 'new' car lol
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    By all means keep an eye out for that low mile fabulous ECHO! You have lots of time!
  • Hi,
    My son just bought a 2000 Echo 5sp. The owner's manual does not address one, lone, toggle switch that is right in the middle of the front console on a pedestal below the radio/CD/ashtray. It has a line and cirle on it for "on/off"

    I don't think it was some aftermarket install...

    Does anyone any ideas what this switch is for?

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Picture? Since its not in the OM it must not be factory...
  • Since he has the little Red Racer (he just learned how to drive a standard and loves it)... he is never home. But I will try to get a picture and maybe even peek behind the pedestal and see if I can make any sense of it. I'll get back...
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Whew - finally... I'm glad someone found that! Whatever you do... DON'T PUSH THAT BUTTON!

  • I don't care what they say, that there's funny.
  • OF COURSE I PUSHED IT... nothing. Actually got in behind and saw that it wasn't hookup up to anything anymore. May have been for some fog lights or something. I should hook it up to something to play a joke on him... maybe for April Fool's day or something. Any suggestions on what I could do?
  • rep5858rep5858 Posts: 45
    CEL came on code was for cat. converter and/or 02 sensor. i disconnected neg terminal. code came back on 200 miles later. did same thing 400 miles light not on.
    what can I do get dirt out of cat con? replacement over 800! why so much?
    on another note does anyone know when toyota will restock their dealers with yaris's?
    thanks as always
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Dealers in my area have a bunch of Yarises in stock. Perhaps this is just a case of your local dealer not ordering Yarises?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

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