Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!





Toyota Echo Care and Maintenance

124

Comments

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Well well, the little Echo continues to amaze me.

    Has anyone here installed a rear sway specifically on an Echo? I understand people have found them quick and easy to install on the all-but-identical-underneath Scion xA.

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

  • Hi, I have an Echo 2004 and my left door key lock stop working, if anybody know how to remove de inside door cover and the windows handle so i be able verify the security lock mechanism. Tks
  • Trying to find out where I can sell snow tires we had for an Echo which we sold. Only used one season and would like to sell, thanks
  • prbly 10W-30W.
    i hope u still have ur car.( plz do not go to jiffy lube or any other quick oil change places.) they are notarious for not putting oil back in or somehow messing up resulting in serious damage to ur engine.dealerships tend to charge LESS for an oil change and in my experience do a pretty decent job.
    3000-4000 mi would be much better.6000 mi seems a bit long to go w/o changing the oil.
  • much too soon
    echos have platinum plugs and do not need changing untill u have 90,000-100,000mi.more ways for them too make more $$ off of u.
    i have an 01 as well and am getting ready to change plugs w/95,000 mi.
  • Could you be more specific? Do you mean the upper, smaller glove compartment door, or the lower, larger bin where the manuals are kept?

    Also what kind of filter, and where does one obtain it? From a Toyo dealer?
    Thanks,
    drummer
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    The larger lower door where the manauls are kept. Push the two sides together towards each other and the door will slip out.
    Yeah you gotta get the filter from Toyota. Make sure you have one first...theres some question as to whether ECHOs have one at all.
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Or, if you don't want to pay 30 to 40 dollars for a basic pleated paper filter from Toyota, you can go to the hardware store and buy a cut-to-fit air filter and slide it in the tray. That's what I've done and it does work, while being way less ridiculously priced.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    In my Echo, the filter was $15 at the parts counter at my local dealership. So, not $40. Indeed, about the same price as an underhood air filter would be for a fuel-injected car.

    And my Echo certainly has one, although from what little I have heard on the subject, it was optional for some or all model years?

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    So I was beginning to have the problem that in cold or wet weather my key wouldn't work in the driver's side door lock any more. I went down to the hardware store and paid $3.99 for this little bottle of Lock-Ease which I squirted in there, and it's like the lock is brand new again!

    Which also means that for now my Echo remains repair-free for its lifetime, just coming up on 115K miles now.

    I'm so glad, I was afraid I was going to have to plunk down the cash for a new lock cylinder plus getting it re-keyed to match the key for the other locks and the igntion. If that ever happens, though, I will take the opportunity to order another key with the large black plastic head, as it seems Echos only came with one.

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    I had the same experience with my new 2004. The drivers door and the ignition lock did not work very smoothly. But from experience I knew a shot of lock ease with graphite would work wonders. I make it a point to lube all the locks on the cars with this stuff once a year. Best to do it just before winter and freezing temps return. That will pretty much eliminate the possibility of frozen locks
    My 2001 ECHO came with three keys: a plastic headed one, a plain metal key, and a plain metal valet key. Wait it has FOUR! There is also a plastic emergency one that come in a credit card so it fits in your wallet.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Yeah, when I bought the Matrix it came with two plastic-headed keys, because of course they are computer-chipped keys and cost a lot to buy. I guess given the Echo's price point and the fact that keys for it are cheap to buy (not computer chipped), they figured giving the customer only one plastic-headed key would be fine. But I would like a second one, and would get one if I were going to the trouble of changing a lock.

    I do have the other metal key and the valet key though. I don't have the plastic one, but that's not surprising.

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    Another advantage for the ECHO: non chipped key. BMW is currently having all kinds of trouble with failed chips in their keys. Chip fails, you dont move. Could be REAL trouble! And for what? ECHO has built in theft prevention, no one wants to steal it!
  • sln2112sln2112 Posts: 2
    Both of my reverse lights are out on my 2001 Echo.What are the odds they both burned out??? Can't find which fuse controls them,as nothing is marked. What else could it be?
  • yes both light can burn out. fuses are marked on inside the fuse box cover. my wifes 04 Echo has two fuse boxes. one inside under steering wheel closer to door & one under hood buy battery!
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Yeah, it's most likely in the fuse box inside the vehicle, not the one under the hood. The fuse box is located behind the cubby underneath the steering wheel. If you pull the cover off, there should be a diagram on the backside of the cover. It doesn't look like there is one specifically labeled reverse lights, but there is one labeled "tail" and one labeled "brake", I'd try looking at those lower amperage ones and see if it's bad.
  • fujiwarafujiwara Posts: 3
    Planning to buy a friend 2000 Echo which have 140,0000 miles on it. I'm new to echo so I don't know much about these car but is there anything particular I should be looking for with this much mileage?

    One more question, I'm picking this car for only $2K....is this a good deal or not?

    Thanks much
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    $2000 for an essentially 10-year-old Echo with 140K? I would think your friend would give you a better deal on a car whose wholesale value is basically zero.

    But beyond the price, you can't go wrong buying an Echo generally speaking, and this isn't even a car with a set of "things to look for" when buying used, beyond the usual: you want a car that has received regular oil changes and other maintenance and doesn't look like it has been beaten on too hard during its life.

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

  • sln2112sln2112 Posts: 2
    My wife has a 2001 Echo that I drive, because I travel so much with my job.
    That it gets 44 mpg is the most important thing...And it's paid for. Mine has right at 200,000 miles, and I just put $900 dollars in it changing hoses, spark plugs,brakes etc... With regular oil changes, I'm looking to hit the 300,000 mile mark.
    $2,000 sounds a little high...Maybe $ 1,000-1,500 depending on what shape it's in.
    I would let a mechanic check it out. But overall, I have been all over Texas many times in mine, and other than being small, I love it. Not very safe if you have a baby like we do...That's why I drive the Echo, and my wife drives the F-150.
    Good luck.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    Yeah run the engine after you test drive it. Look under the car with the engine running and see if transmission oil, coolant, engine oil etc is leakking. Is this auto or manual (better if it were manual) Everything should work. NO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON! Have the brakes checked. Have the coolant changed. Change the manual trans oil. Change/inspect the air filter. Check the tie rods/CV joints/ Ball joints. Check the engine belts.

    This was driven by a little old lady right? :P
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    Hey my $10 cruise control on my Yaris is UP AND RUNNING! Works like the factory put it in. Am I a genius or what! :P
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    And does it actually illuminate the cruise lights in the IP when in operation?

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

  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    I'll give you $100 to come and do mine for me.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    Yes the two lights (SET and the CC icon) both light up. It turns on/off with one button, another sets/minus 1 mph speed, another plus 1 mph speed, and the fourth cancels. (but I dont know what THAT means)

    The CC is really all in there just minus the stalk. Three dealers deny this BTW. I told them Id pay them to install the stalk. Nope they say it cant be done! :mad:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Cancel should really be labelled "disengage". It is the same as pressing the brake pedal. If you later want to resume the last set speed, you can do so after hitting cancel.

    Congrats!

    Toyota dealers are so deathly afraid of doing anything which might void part of the warranty, they will not touch stuff like this.....

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    Ah thats what its for! Yeah I wanna resume all the time.
  • fujiwarafujiwara Posts: 3
    Thank-you all for the reply. Anyway I checked the car (my friend car..) thoroughly and everything looks fine.

    She is the first owner of the car and she have all maintenance receipt (most maintenance were done at the dealer) to the car.

    So I think I will go ahead and make her an offer of $1,900... I know some of you might say that is a little high but with the raising fuel economy these car tend to sell above book value...

    Good luck to me and I'll check back in once I get the car.

    Thanks again.
  • fujiwarafujiwara Posts: 3
    Wait....did you say the belt? I thought all echo have timing chain which in term last over 200,0000 right or am I wrong on this one? :confuse:
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,690
    I meant the belts that power the power steering, alternator, air conditioning, and water pump. They are on the right side of the engine bay. You are right, there is no timing belt on an ECHO its a chain as you say. I wouldnt say it necessarily lasts 200,000 miles though! (but it might)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    120K has just come and gone with an oil change and tire rotation, the little car is still ticking along just like clockwork, and the tires with the 65K-mile treadwear warranty appear that they will do at least 70K (now at 60K), so that's good.

    This car STILL hasn't needed any repairs whatsoever. I like it that way, just hope I am not jinxing myself by saying it "out loud"! :-P

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

Sign In or Register to comment.