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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
Jan 21, 2003 (5:41 pm)
My Echo has 34,000 miles under its belt and has been absolutely spiffy. I change the oil every 3000 miles at the zippy lube. I get a chassi lube for my 1990 riviera, but they say the Echo does not need one. I paid $90 for two seat covers from Toyota which seemed expensive at the time, but now I'm glad I did it. Why doesn't the Echo need a chassi lube? I also got the darkest window tinting allowed by law ($150 at a specialty shop) and it looks great with the white paint. I paid $12,300 for the two door, auto, air and rear window defogger package.
#3710 of 5818 Welcome to the 21st century ;)
Jan 21, 2003 (6:20 pm)
Modern cars don't need any chassis lubing.
It's been that way for quite some time. I'm surprised to hear that your 1990 Riviera does need it.
#3711 of 5818 lube service
Jan 21, 2003 (7:45 pm)
Hey it could be worse. They might have charged you $$$ for a lube you did not need. At least they were honest! Usually things like ball joints, tie rod ends, and driveshafts get hit with the grease gun, but ECHO doesnt have that kind of drive shaft and all of the other places are sealed for life. Whatever that means. Good luck with your ECHO...sounds like a typical story.
#3712 of 5818 A/C Filter
Jan 22, 2003 (1:26 am)
I took the advice of a prior posting and checked out that white box behind the glove-box. There is a tray for an air filter to go into that is right above the fan housing. I think I will splurge and buy the filter as my finger picked up a lot of Los Angeles residue on the edges!~
I guess they have a pollen filter as available or standard equipment on the Yaris? I would think that Toyota would mention at least the availability of pollen filter on the a/c. In a polluted area like LA, it comes in very handy.
#3713 of 5818 Filter
Jan 22, 2003 (9:51 pm)
I went to my dealer today and the parts dept. said that while they do have the filter casing (the white tray)in their diagram, there is no part no. for an actual filter!
I forgot what number post mentioned the price, etc. but I wonder if this was a Canadian model?
#3714 of 5818 driver side door switch
Jan 25, 2003 (12:08 pm)
I am now at 68K miles and got my first problem, but it is a small one. Opening the drivers door does not cause interior lights to go on. Also noticed that if I leave headlights on and turn off the car and get out there is no longer the warning beep. So my dealer checked it out and said the switch had gone bad in there. I'll need a new one, and now I am out of warranty. But it is a rather inexpensive item. Also just washed the car yesterday, and looked it over carefully. There are some little scratchy marks and a few little indentations also. Noticeable stuff but nothing to the point where rust would have an opportunity to start. I am also pleased at how the body cladding has worked out, down along the lower portions of the car. When I first bought the car I didn't want the body cladding, but my choice of options gave me no choice. I was afraid the cladding would detach or hold water pockets and make rust, or some other problem that I could do without. But happily it seems to be doing its job well. I hope it stays that way.
#3715 of 5818 Dealer says solution found.
Jan 25, 2003 (3:15 pm)
Dealer kept Echo 5 hours but fixed the check light problem again (first time was cleaning engine). This time it was "wrong spark plugs installed at factory." No charge since in warranty.
Jan 25, 2003 (5:07 pm)
Im wondering how long the engine ran with the wrong plugs before the check engine light came on? Did they show you the "wrong plugs'? Did they say what the error code was?
Jan 26, 2003 (6:18 am)
My mechanically naive son is driving the Echo at school in Florida so I was not there to ask our dealer (located in Georgia) questions. I am sure they did not show him the old plugs (he would not have thought to ask to see them and would not know what to look for) and they did not give him any paperwork about what was done. And I never did hear from the customer rep at the dealer. Time for another phone call for answers. Just hoping new plugs did solve the problem.
#3718 of 5818 sfecho
Jan 26, 2003 (10:14 am)
I finally went back to find the posting mentioning the cost of the cabin air filter element. sfecho, did your parts dept. have it listed on the ECHO parts list, of is it in the Prius list? My dealer could not find it for ECHO but the tray that holds the filter is listed!