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Toyota Echo Accessories and Modifications



  • klm33klm33 Posts: 2
    I placed my ECHO order back in January and finally got a notice that it should arrive sometime this month (May). All I wanted was the ABS brakes and power locks - both included in the Option #2 package. I didn't think I was asking for much, but the dealers acted like it was next to impossible and made it clear that Japan didn't really care about its American customers. Three weeks ago I decided to give up and look at a different manufacturer. That same day, I finally got a call from the Toyota dealer finally letting me know that my ECHO was to be manufactured. I am looking forward to its arrival and have enjoyed reading the postings. They remind me of all the homework I did months ago that lead me to want an ECHO in the first place. Guess this was just a lesson in patience. Anyone else have the power door locks now? Did you have any trouble getting these? Also, anyone have daytime running lights? Are these positioned below the regular headlights are are they just part of them? I haven't seen a picture showing the daytime running lights in the position where they are normally located on other cars.
  • klm33klm33 Posts: 2
    I agree a moon roof would be cool!
  • figuresk8figuresk8 Posts: 9
    I shouldve held out for the power door locks but got to antsy....I am sooooooo jealeous you got package 2.
  • To that post awhile ago about shortage of parts- all new cars have this problem, and especially so for the focus because ford did not anticipate the demand it has generated. One focus owner had to wait so long that ford gave him a brand new car! lol! But it's all worth it as we love our cars. And yes, there is now an abundance of aftermarket products for the focus- its wonderful. Not to worry though- I'm sure they'll pump out some new products for the echo soon enough, although they may not be as performance-oriented as the focus parts. Still, I'm sure they'll be great- have fun everyone, and come visit the focus forum sometime!
  • doubleefdoubleef Posts: 1
    I've been thinking about getting the aftermarket cruise control for my ECHO and noticed the posting from "Gerlinde" about "vacuum unit" vs. "servo unit." Can someone explain what that means? I have a 5spd--will that make a difference? Are there any potential negative side effects?
    And as for waiting, I ordered my green 4dr the first week of February and got the car last week. I, too, was made to feel that somehow I was being demanding and picky for wanting 4dr/5pd, upgrade package #1, a/c, and a cassette player. Nothing unusual really, but I suspect that dealers want to sell what they have on their lot and NOT do "special orders." I think they make us wait to see if we'll cave in and settle for what they have on hand. It's probably all just a $$$ game dealers and the corporation play with each other.
    Nonetheless, I love the car and am looking forward to a 4,000 mile cross country trip this summer.
  • gerlindegerlinde Posts: 2
    The vacuum unit uses engine vacuum pulling on a diaphragm to control the speed. A servo unit uses an electric motor (a servo motor) to control the speed and is more accurate.
  • contencincontencin Posts: 1
    FYI, youare not alone in USA. I live in Perth, Australia and ordered my 4 door auto sedan in white with safety and power packs..dual airbags, ABS (but no mention of daytime running lights), cpower locks/mirrors/locks and level 2 trim (velour...anyone familiar with the colours?)

    Anyway, I ordered in march and delivery is expected in July. No dealer here has seen the echo with those options so cant tell me much. Also getting "Entice" alloy wheels made by Toyota for the echo, 6 yr extended warranty I think, window tint and 3rd party stripe down sides.

    Hopefully, the wait will be worth it but, I keep wondering if I would have been better off with a camry re the safety aspect, having a family. However fuel economy won out.

  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Can a Corolla LE center console/arm rest be retrofitted into an Echo? Any other choices other than JC Whitney? Thanks.
  • enbieenbie Posts: 2
    You can put lowering springs for echo. It will lower the car about 1.8 inch. Put some 17 in wheel, 205/40/17 tires, you are all set to do some slalom. let me know if you are interested in the springs.
  • echolaliaecholalia Posts: 20
    Anyone has installed factory or after market power door locks please inform...also the cost and the location that you had it done would be appreciated. Thanx!
  • bboyherobboyhero Posts: 3
    give me some info on lowering the echo
  • enbieenbie Posts: 2
    The springs are high quality european made and cost around $245.00 Where do you live?
  • bboyherobboyhero Posts: 3
    I live in FL. Which company made the springs and was it made for the Vitz?
  • mastermexmastermex Posts: 1
    is there a supercharger out there for the echo? who makes it? and how much would it cost with labor?
  • bboyherobboyhero Posts: 3
    it wasn't meant to be fast in the first place, and I doubt that there's enough market in Echo owners for it to even sell. If you really wanted to a supercharger or turbo charged, you'd have to have a custom job done. And you'd be looking to spend over $4K at least.
  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    echo and supercharger LOL. i think you might need something bigger than the bicycle tires they give you.
  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    How about an aftermarket body to make it look like a car. :-)
  • fangio2fangio2 Posts: 214
    the Echo might be upgrading the powerplant.To supercharge an engine the bottom end should be beefed up-this can be quite expensive.On the other hand dropping in a higher performing engine could be less expensive.
    I heard that J.C.Whitney offered a bell housing that would adapt a dohc Briggs&Stratton motor to the Echo transmission.Besides the increased performance another benifit would be servicing the motor at any Snapper lawn mower dealership.
    Glad if I can be of service.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Actually I think you meant to post your message in the Your Lawn Mower vs your SUV - Which spends more time off-road? discussion :-).

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