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Toyota Echo Maintenance and Repair

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  • I am having the same problem and my Echo has 27,000 mile on it. Did you find out what the problem was?
  • calincalin Posts: 1
    I had yesterday an unfortunate incident with my echo 2005. It seems my front bumper is dented in two places, and a little bit bent on the right side. I don't know what are my options now. Is it possible to repair it somehow, or I have to change it ? And how much would amount each of these options (it is a keyed front bumper for a sedan) ? Anybody with a similar problem ?

    Thank you,
    Calin
  • I took my 2005 Echo to the dealership because the air
    wasnt working and they told me the condensor was hit
    by a rock and thus not under warranty. They want 941
    dollars for a new one. Anyone ever had this experience?
  • All of the illumination light bulbs behind my instrument console in my 2001 Echo has died. The one on the right hand side went out first and a couple of weeks later the one on the left went out as well.

    How easy is it to replace these myself? I assume I'll have to remove the center console (which houses the speedometer, etc) to do this. I just loath going in to the dealership to get this fixed since they'll probably charge me an arm-and-a-leg for the parts and esp. labor costs.
  • My '01 Echo has a trunk leak. Anyone find a solution yet? I thought about building up the gasket by squirting silicone under it.

    An autobody shop said they're notorious for trunk leaks.
  • Mine don't come on right away either sometimes. I hit the right side of the "dash" cluster and they come on again. Try that and let me know, cuz I really don't want to get into my dash. I will put a glow stick in front of the speedohead before I have the dealer uncork my dash.

    I have a 2001 manual sedan.
  • Sometimes when I start my TOYOTA ECHO 2000 and am ready to drive, there is some strange sound that occurs(high pitch)....for about 3-4 seconds....almost a screeching sound....(not extremely loud, but loud enough so,I can hear even when the windows are rolled up)
    It goes away after 3-4 secs and does'nt happen every time...
    Any ideas?
    Thanks
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    sounds like you need to have your belts tightened or changed
  • cllcll Posts: 2
    YES, I HAVE A FEW RATTLES BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO DIAGNOSE?
    HELP??
    MY 2000 ECHO IS DOING GREAT AND AT 120,000 MILES NOW.

    AM WAITING FOR POSSIBLE CLUTCH REPLACEMENT.
    DOES ANYONE KNOW, ON THE AVERAGE, WHEN CLUTCH REPLACEMENT OCCURS, IN REF. TO MILEAGE??

    WINDOWS DO RATTLE BECAUSE THE DOOR IS SOOO HEAVY - BUT NOT AN UNBEARABLE PROBLEM.

    I HEAR A "RATTLE" RIGHT AFTER THE ENGINE IS STARTED, AND WHEN I AM MAKING A SHARP TURN TO THE LEFT - SOUND SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM LOWER LEFT FRONT OF THE CAR- ANY IDEAS??

    POSSIBLY A CV JOINT?

    ALSO, ONLY HEAR THE NOISE RIGHT AFTER I START UP THE ENGINE AND BEGIN TO DRIVE AWAY.

    CLUTCH PEDAL IS NOT HARD TO PUSH, HOWEVER, THE SHIFT INTO FIRST GEAR IS GETTING A LITTLE TOUGH, AND IN REVERSE.
  • cllcll Posts: 2
    Yes, same thing. Note messages on the site and you will see lots of folks having problems with the AC. Also, in my old Toyota cars (years past), there was always some kind of problem with the AC. The only Toyota I had with a great AC was a Toyota Corolla.

    My Echo had lots of small holes in it and exactly same spot - in the condenser. Condenser was replaced - part was purchased for $250/Texas prices. You are paying way too much. Find a good street mechanic to do the work for you. I paid about $300 for labor (using a small town personal mechanic that I know). Also, he recommended sautering a small piece of metal to place near that front grid down near the bottom of the condenser. This will protect rocks from jumping up into the condenser and creating the same problem in the future - ie. preventative maintenance. Probably prob is the placement of the unit and the fact it is so low to the ground - my Echo had about 100,000 miles before it (condenser) was replaced and the mechanic said that the result was rocks from pavement getting lodged in those small holes. Hope you find someone cheaper to help you out!!
  • I have a 2000 Echo as well and have a similar irritating noise when slightly accelerating, with low load (such as u a small hill), once I accelerate and or get more speed all is fine. The Technician at the dealership was not sure as he couldn't tell if he heard the noise or not. I was told that everything sounded mechanically OK and that I shouldn't worry about it, but am concerned that it may lead to a greater problem later.
  • I had a high pitch noise in my '00. It turned out that the wheel bearings needed to be replaced. It's free to check it out.
  • The 2003 Toyota Echo I owned produced a noise from the rear of the vehicle right from the day I drove it off the dealerships lot. I spent numerous visits to the dealership hoping their technicians would correct the problem. I ended up having to take Toyota to arbitration. The arbitrator ruled in my favour and awarded me a buy back.

    Has anyone else experienced a noise like this in the echo?

    I have detailed my experience with Toyota and the arbitration at link title.
  • Has anyone else experienced a noise like this in the echo?

    The 2003 Toyota Echo I owned produced a noise from the rear of the vehicle right from the day I drove it off the dealerships lot. It sounded like glass on metal or metal on metal. I spent numerous visits to the dealership hoping their technicians would correct the problem. I ended up having to take Toyota to arbitration. The arbitrator ruled in my favour and awarded me a buy back. Toyota never solved the problem.

    I have detailed my experience with Toyota and the arbitration at link title.
  • I also have a 2001 Echo (5 speed) with 43,000 miles on it. For the past 6 months, it was hesitating in the upper RPM ranges of gears 1-3. I tried about 10 different fuel injector cleaners, but nothing changed. I finally brought the car into Toyota and paid $64 for their fuel injection service. My acceleration and power is much better. I still feel a slight hesitation in the upper RPM ranges but I'm hoping that will improve now that I'm using Chevron gas instead of a "no name" cheaper gas. I've read that Chevron Techron (in the gas) really helps keep the injectors clean. I've also read that if you have injector problems, try putting two bottles of Chevron Techron in your tank and then 1 bottle per tank for the next two tank fill-ups.
  • No, the dealer checked it but never could tell me what the problem is. I think that they think I am some kind of nut, lying about the problem but I really can't think of anything I could or might have done to cause it. Very strange. I'm sorry you have the problem, too, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. I feel so validated now! ;-)
  • I have a 2000 Echo and have to change both of my O2 sensor (before and after the catalyst). The part are quite expansive.
    I want to change them myself; Anybody have any experience with the replacement.
  • rjgeerjgee Posts: 27
    I believe you can get aftermarket o2 sensors for the Echo. Check at a standard automotive parts store. They will cost a LOT less than a dealer charges.

    But first...
    Are you getting a check engine light with codes that says both sensors are bad? o2 sensors don't seem to be a common problem on the Echo...
  • Yes I have the engine light on.
    I went to a couple of mechanics and they all say that it was the O2 sensors.
    As for the price I have been checking on the internet and aftermaket sensors are around 30% cheaper than original parts.

    There are 2 different catalog parts for the O2 sensor after the catalyst;
    Do you know any way of knowing which one I should buy?
  • jo71jo71 Posts: 1
    we have the same problem on our automatic 2005 echo sedan. Did it ever get fixed?

    Thanks
  • Hi,

    I recently bought a 2005 echo, and after the first usage of the heater I smelled what I think is prestone. I took the car back to the dealer about a month after and they said they could not smell anything, and did not find any leaks. I do not know if I have just grown acustomed to the smell but I don't know if I smell it all the time now, but I still get an occassional swiff. The point of this is that now that it has gotten cold outside (I am in Montreal Canada) my windows are ALWAYS fogged up. I have to keep the defrost setting on the front {{{{ and the fan on at least 3 just to see out the windshield. My back windows are always fogged over. If I turn the dial to feet (even half feet half defrost) or if I turn the fan down to 2 so my nostrils don't bleed the windshield immediately fogs up.

    Has anyone ever had this problem or can suggest a possible solution? (carpets are dry, air vents are exterior)
  • My trunk leaks and the rear window is foggy a lot, probably due to the moisture nearby.
  • I have the same problem with my 00 Echo. It turns out all you have to do is turn the gas pump upside down while filling it up and the problem goes away. So...you put it in as normal and then twist it upside down....
  • I DO NOT NOW IF YOU HAVE A LEAK. BUT I DO NOW YOU HAVE TO HAVE VENT ON FRESH AIR. TO DEFOGG ANY OF YOUR WINDOWS. WE HAD A NEW 2000 ECHO. TRADED IT IN 2002. THEN WE BOUGHT A USED 2004 LAST YEAR. :)
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  • When I am stopped with my foot on the brake pedal my pedal will drop 1/4 inch to 1 inch, this happens intermittently. I believe it is the master cylinder by-passing. 2 dealers have looked at it and said there is nothing wrong... but the problem is intermittent. I was told to bring it back at my cost, and maybe if I am very lucky it will happen for them. Otherwise I am expected to spend thousands of dollars to keep bringing the car in to the dealer for a warranty problem that Toyota will not honor. I am very concerned for my toddlers safety. I have also reserched recalls and 2000-2002 echo's had brake problems and the recall's started aroud the fall of 2004. If anyone has any info or has the same problem...I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Hi Toyota forumers,

    The picture below is of the cruise control unit from my '04 Echo RS. The cruise has not been working since I bought the car previously enjoyed, from a regional Mercedes dealer.

    There was only 15000K on it when I got it, so it is still well under warranty.

    Toyota service tells me this is not a Toyota part and therefore can not service it. Can anyone tell me if they've seen this cruise unit on any other Toyota's, or for that matter, any other car? If you have cruise on your Toyota, perhaps you could send me a snap of it, so I can compare it to mine.

    If you recognize the unit as not being a Toyota part, but an after market one, and know who makes it, please tell me.

    I'm tearing my hair out trying to get this darn thing serviced, under warranty or not.

    Thanks
    Bill

    BTW, the picture is of under the hood, looking from the front center of the car, back toward the fire wall on the driver side. The unit is bolted to the front-left wheel's suspension dome.
    image
  • We have after market cruise on 04 Echo. But looks nothing like your. I looked in J C Wittney mag. They have one that looks likes your. :sick:
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