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Toyota Echo Maintenance and Repair



  • neutral safety switch is a definite possibility, given your symptoms or a misaligned gearshift mechanism.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Echo was not available with a factory sunroof, so I have not had the problem you describe. However, you could try visiting a place that installs aftermarket sunroofs and see if they have any suggestions for you.

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    had replacement of brake pads done at Wheel Works before?

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    No not me.

    Next to oil change a very DIY thing.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    who has my Echo now had the front brake pads replaced there yesterday. I hope it turns out OK. He saw a $99 coupon, but of course the coupon fails to include the turning of the rotors for another $79. Deceptive advertising practices, it seems to me.

    Those front brake pads made it to 177K miles before needing replacement - they had never been done prior to that. One of the benefits of a stick shift (and a driving pattern that includes a lot of highway miles). :-)

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    edited September 2012
    Awesome nippononly!

    Couldnt have done it better myself! 177k WOW!

    Turning rotors unnecessary however. ESPECIALLY they way you drive.

    Keep an eye on that guy who now drives YOUR ECHO!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I sure will. :-)

    The reality is he will probably need to drive that thing at least another two years, so he will probably drive it past the 200K mark. If so, I will stick a note in here. ;-)

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

  • mykimyki Posts: 2
    Hi I just want to know How much i can sell my toyota echo hatchback 2004
    brand new front brake , manual transmission, 3 doors, 136000 kl ::
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  • echofanechofan Posts: 20
    Seems like most of the Echos out there are 10 or more years old. Mine is an '02 with 105k, and the only things replaced so far are spark plugs and one belt.

    I'd be interested to hear from people with higher mileage, about what they've had to replace, and when. Water pump? Alternator or starter? CV joints? Stuff like that.

    Anybody had to adjust valve clearance? At about 80k, a couple of my exhaust valves were within about 2 thousandths of the minimum so I'm wondering if I'll need to mess with that soon.

    Love this car, and would like to keep it as long as possible!
  • jmrbkjmrbk Posts: 15
    I don't remember all the details (when, how many miles) on what I've replaced, but I have a 2002 sedan, purchased new on 12/12/01. I presently have just shy of 114,000 miles. I had to replace the alternator about a year ago and have replaced the battery twice. I had to replace the struts twice early on in the life of the car. Once it was covered by the warranty but I think the second time I had to pay for it.

    All in all it's been a great car for me and I do love it. I am starting to become tempted to get something new though, but not having car payments for the last 6-7 years sure has been nice!
  • echofanechofan Posts: 20
    Thanks for the info. Just to clarify my earlier post, I bought the car in August '10 with 68k miles, so there may have been other parts changed before that (pretty sure the brake pads are not original, for example).
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    edited October 2012
    When I replaced my '02 this year, it had about 170K miles. I had never repaired anything.

    It was on its third battery by then though, also the third set of tires, third set of spark plugs. I had never had to replace brake pads or the clutch. I gave the car to a friend, who did have to replace the front brake pads a couple of months ago, at about 175K.

    Apart from that, ummm?? I replaced the drive belts once. Fluids and air filters certainly came and went a bunch of times over the years. I never checked the valve clearance, and it was never a problem that I didn't. Never did the water pump, alternator, starter, or CV joints - those were all original when my friend took it.

    If you want a car that will run forever with the absolute minimum of attention, I think you have found it with the Echo!

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    My sons 2000 has ~ 180k on it. New belts. New brakes (once) Air filters, oil changes. No valve adjustments. Couple of CELs. New MAF fixed that MAF common to fail. Current CEL. Dont know what it is.

    Nothing else. Son and GF have driven to Seattle and back from NJ the past two summers.

    I bought the car for them five or six years ago for $3000 with 117k miles.
  • mykimyki Posts: 2
    brand new front brake ,rotor ,pads, JUNE 2012
    oil service + inspection,
    replace drivebelt
    replace front exhaust gasket

    Ya it's a very good car still have the original battery and no problem in winter
    no big repare on this car
    love toyota
    they are good
  • Thanks for the replies. Have been making 500 mi round trips for work every other week. Sometimes wondered if I oughta just go ahead and replace a few things, to reduce the chance of having to fix something in a parking lot far from home.

    But I think I'm about convinced that my odds are pretty good for now, so I'll just keep driving! Of course, I do the basics, like oil and filters, and I did change the transmission fluid & screen last year. But the only thing that has broken so far is a couple of cracked hubcaps. I can live with that!
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Replacing perfectly good parts on a vehicle just because you are paranoid isnt going to save you from inconvience its just going to cost you $$$$.

    Now, if you could accurately determine whats going to fail youd be on to something. ; )
  • Hello.I have a 2001 ECHO sedan 5 speed.145,000 kilometers.The clutch all of a sudden has become very lite in feel,like it's losing pressure.Seems to drive okay.No lights on.
    Any idea's?I also have the engine shake sometime's at idle.Motor mounts?And intermitten squeling or chirping also.When clutch is engaged it goes away,but when clutch is released it comes back.

    I just bought the car 2500 bucks ,safety e-tested,no claimed accidents.original miliage on engine.
    Please help. I heard the clutch is lite in the ECHO but it seemed tighter when i first got it.
    thank you Bryan in Ontario Canada
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Squealing when the clutch is released (in neutral) sounds like a pilot bearing going bad. When you replace the clutch that can be replaced at the same time for the price of the part.

    If you meant squealing when the clutch is released in gear and the car begins to move, that would be different.

    As for increasing lightness of the clutch, you will know when it is not properly releasing any more because the gears will begin to grind as you engage them with the stick shift.

    A lot of what you describe could be attributed to a failing clutch.

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

  • Yes the squeling disapears in neutral when clutch is lightly engaged.When going through the gears it seems fine.No grinds or anything in any gears.I don't wanna increase the lightness of my clutch.
    I meant that its to light of a feel.Its like a drum pedal for a set of drums.I mean thats pretty light feel.
    It seemed the clutch was tighter when first getting the car,so thats indicating a problem to me.
    But maybe the car wasnt driven much before I got it.Sittin on the lot.
    Any other input would be great thanks.:)
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