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Toyota Echo Accessories and Modifications



  • normhnormh Posts: 31
    Has anyone installed an OEM clock in their Echo. Where does it go? What fits in the little oval shaped cut-out in the dashboard in front of the instrument cluster? Thanks, Norm.
  • echodudeechodude Posts: 1
    can you change the speedometer from a 2000 echo without a tachometer to one with a tachometer? how about using 13 inch tires on the car? front
    license plate bracket ?
  • point4mpoint4m Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 2001 Echo and I'm looking for a bug deflector for it. I can't seem to find anything. Can anyone direct me to a site or to a store that I can purchase it from Canada? Also wanted to know if the speed chips actually work and if they have any hidden side effects that could wear out the engine or other parts.
  • i have a 02 echo that is in good shape. But it is a manual without a tachometer.I need a tach cause i listen to loud music and cant hear the engine. Can anyone tell me a website that will tell me how to install one?
  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67
    I live in Canada and will be purchasing an Echo hatchback. Was wondering if anyone had any input regarding the Cold Air Intake and the Borla exhaust in terms of the actual increase in performance? Toyota Canada gives no information re horsepower increase nor anything else...was wondering if anyone can provide details from personal experience? The cold air intake is about $450 CDN and the Borla is $650, just curious as to whether these sufficiently increase the driving experience.

    Also, has anyone installed the TRD strut braces front and back? Comments re handling improvement?
  • Just bought the 2000 Echo after months and months of researching... and am very glad I found this site. Anyone as interested as me to find factory accessories for this cars? I have a long list but for now I'm looking for the so-called "rocker panels" which are black plastic rails/trim that lines the bottom and wheel section of the Echo. Anyone know how the installation on this item would be?

    I was a SAAB owner (YEAH!) and loved their website but haven't been able to find a site for the Toyota models that even comes close to SAAB's. It's probably there....just haven't spent enough late nights to find it I guess. :D

  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67
    Hi Suz...what you're looking for are called "side skirts". If you google "echo side skirts" you should find lots of aftermarket suppliers. You don't have to get black ones, you can get color match. Here's one site I found that has them for about $200 US. Installation should not cost you much, they're pretty much a bolt-on piece.

    Toyota Canada has OEM side skirts (two types, regular and "styled"), but they're for the Hatch, not the Sedan you probably have.

    Cheers & enjoy your Echo!! :shades:
  • Thanks for the "side skirts" info. At least on my particular '00 manual Echo (don't know which package it is) I don't have those black factory skirts that are on most of the Echo's. I've heard that they're also called "rocker panels"? I'm wondering who sells these OEM black skirts and can they be added on to my car? I like the skirts from the link you gave, but for me they're too bulky looking.

    I'll keep my eyes peeled anyway! ;) Thanks Barnee.
  • barnee61barnee61 Posts: 67 made my day Suz. "Rocker panels" are those solid metal pieces under your doors that keep your car from falling apart. ;-) They're pretty essential, and come with the car!

    I did another search and geez, you're right, there's not much available for your 2000 sedan. I found one other supplier, in Australia, but the skirts they were selling were even bulkier, and butt ugly (in my opinion).

    I've never seen the black ones you mention. I guess the best thing to do is if you see ones you like, ask the owner where they got them! You could also check with the parts counter at your Toyota dealer....they might have them (if they're factory as you say), and if they don't, they might know a jobber parts place that does.

    Best of luck. If you find some and get 'em, post a pic of your new baby!

    Cheers, Barnee :P
  • I just started to change my own oil on my 2001 Echo manual with 52,000 miles. I had been going to commercial oil change places and know that they use the cheapest oil
    and the cheapest oil filter.

    I just put on an OEM Nippon oil filter that I paid $3.00 for. I am wondering if it is worth it
    to use the K&N oil filter at $9.00 or $10.00.

    When I just changed my oil at 2500 mile interval, I noticed that the oil was very dirty with

    Will the K&N reduce the particulate enough to go 3000 miles or more for oil changes or
    should I still change the oil and filter at 2000 or 2500 even with Mobil 1 synthetic oil
    and a K&N oil filter?

    As for the cabin air filter, one poster said the Echo does not come with one, yet I have
    seen them listed by new parts aftermarket dealers for about $15.00.

    Where are the screws or bolts or clasps holding the air cabin filter housing in place behind the gove box and how do I step by step take off the housing to get to the cabin air filter area? I am not mechanical so please make your instructions for dummies like me.

    Thank you.
  • torsb2000torsb2000 Posts: 2
    you all might check out jc whitney. I have been lucky to get a few things (replacement parts for interior, exterior and the like) for my 2001 American 4dr Echo.
  • torsb2000torsb2000 Posts: 2
    yeah all the performance and customization parts are for the canadian and euro hatchback Echo aka Yaris. You might also check out jc whitney I got a few parts for my 01 American 4dr.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    over in care and maintenance and got no replies, so I thought I might post it here as well and double my chances of a reply...

    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.


    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • cd only skips if is is old and in scratched. a new good condition cd should not skip
  • fire87fire87 Posts: 1
    I just got some lights in and am trying to wire them to my hazard lights so they correspond with them. does anyone know how to connect them to the hazard lights and not blow a fuse or burn the car?
  • I just tried to go to and ended up at a site which was no help at all and led only to other links for apartments, dating services, airline tickets etc. Any chance it's another site that you got the armrests from?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi - welcome to CarSpace!

    You probably didn't notice, but the post you found is six years old. It seems likely the site has gone out of business in all that time.

    Tell us more about what you are looking for. Maybe someone here has some other resources for you.
  • I recently purchased an armrest for my 2003 Echo from Ebay. It fits well but is only available in black. Here's the link: nsis_W0QQitemZ360032692885QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item360032692885
  • juntunersjuntuners Posts: 1
    I just purchase Secert Weapon-R air intake for my 2001 Toyota Echo. Before I did that I notice that the stock air filter box(the top part) has the MAF sensors & this lilttle rubber tube on the side as well.(little above the MAF sensor plug). I already installed the air intake on my car but that rubber tube I was talking about I have no idea where it should be plug at? It's not sucking air do doing anyting. The intake works great & my check engine light didn't go off what so ever. Just wanted to know if that rubber tube on my stock plays a role? I just cap the tube off with a zip-tie. Anyone who installed an air intake in a Toyota Echo before can y'all help me out with this problem. Thanks. (on the stock filter bx the MAF sensors & that rubber tube is connected on top of the air filter box)
  • Have the same car and the weapon-R , those hoses are part of the evaporative subsystem,had a hard time with them,cause they lighted up my engine check light when I installed them to the intake,I have being shooting emails to the manufacturer for better instructions,they don`t have them,on of the guys ask me to send a pic of the install to tell me if it was correct,I`m planning to do it this coming weekend,if I get any answer from them I`ll post it here.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,694
    Installing things like this is an excellent way to cause all kinds of problems with your ECHO. Both now and in the future.
  • ahab3ahab3 Posts: 4
    Care to elaborate?
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,694
    Installing an oiled element air filter like the K&N will lead to your mass airsensor being plugged up with oily junk causing the engine drivability issues. You already know the trouble you caused with your air pipe.
  • ahab3ahab3 Posts: 4
    Tell you what,I inspected the mass sensor and it is as clean as a whistle,I will install the thing again after I get the hose routing right,and will post the results
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,694
    How long has it been downstream of the K&N?
  • mnmanmnman Posts: 34
    I installed a Rostra cruise on my '01 Echo, I love it, I also bought a used clock on ebay, plugged it right in, velcroed it into the small box, there still is enough room for a box of smokes next to it.

    I need to put a power hook up for my Garmin, I was thinking maybe a small plug on the side of the instrument cover. I make my own cabin filters from filters at work. Does anyone have thoughts on better brake shoes for the rear?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    The Rostra cruise on my '02 has me rethinking my whole mistrust of the aftermarket industry! It has served me faithfully for a number of years, and is very similar in operation to Toyota's own factory cruise system.

    Oh, and rear brake shoes? I am at 110K and my car has never needed replacement shoes, sorry.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • mnmanmnman Posts: 34
    This has most likely been brought up before- but I am new to this forum... Is there any way to get int. wipers for the ECHO? I can't stand a long trip of having to constantly hitting the wipers. Man, if I had that... I'd have my cruise, clock, gps, wipers... a remote start would be nice up here in the north, but with a manual tranny, it seems too expensive.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,694
    1 800 765 7100 (junkyard for Toyota parts)

    Ask for a interval wiper switch from an 01-07 Corolla.Or you coud ask for same from an ECHO. Note there are interval wipers and variable interval wipers. The whole thing is built in to the wiper switch. Three philips screws and the lower plastic housing aound the steeringcolumn comes off revealing the turn signal and wiper switches/arms. All built into one. The interval wiper switch/arm will plug right into where the non interval switch was. Plug and play! Also believe the switch from a Matrix will work.

    Oh almost forgot. You want a wiper switch for a car without fog lights!
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