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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
Aug 27, 2004 (12:13 am)
My sister recently had the warning light come on in her 2002 Echo which, according to the manual, meant she was to take her car in to the dealer. When she went to the dealer, they did the diagnostic test and said the error was for the idle control valve. They appeared confused, changed her battery (which they said was low), and lo and behold, the warning light disappeared. That was 2 days ago. Today she drove her car to work, everything was fine, but after work when she stared Echo up again, the same warning light came on. Toyota won't be able to see her for 2 more weeks, according to them, it's safe to drive. Is anyone here familiar with this problem?
#4457 of 5806 warning light
Aug 27, 2004 (5:12 pm)
Im assuming you mean the check engine light came on. Generally speaking, this light comes on when something is going wrong with things that affect the emissions the vehicle is putting out. It rarely has anything to do with something that will hurt the engine if you keep driving although it might stall or run rough (but usually not) Its possible there is something really wrong with the idle control valve and the techs just blew the call. But if you bring it back they should get it right sooner or later. Im thinking the car is safe to drive, but you want this fixed while its under warranty.
Aug 28, 2004 (12:30 am)
kneisl1, my sister said you're right on! In essence, the tech told her the same thing that you posted above. She couldn't start her Echo this morning, so she called Toyota to see if she could bring her in today. Toyota said they're all booked up, couldn't promise anything, may take several days, so my sister said she may as well wait for her scheduled appt in 2 weeks. In the meantime, she won't drive Echo, maybe just try to start the engine occasionally in her stall. So the battery replacement did not solve the problem. Fortunately the service is still under warranty.
Aug 28, 2004 (11:14 am)
You want to know what a crap car is? Take a look at all the gas-guzzling suvs on the road today. What purpose do they serve? Why not drive a van instead of an suv if you have a group of people to take somewhere? Why not drive a truck if you have something to haul? Only in America do you find so many suv-loving fools. I'm glad I'm not one of them. The Echo is still the best vehicle out there, there is no perfect vehicle anywhere in the world, but the Echo is very close. Just my honest, educated, experienced opinion.
Aug 28, 2004 (4:46 pm)
#4462 of 5806 Re: The Echo [rickcollins]
Aug 28, 2004 (5:19 pm)
You know, sir, not everyone can afford to buy luxury cars like Q45s and Crossfires, or in their wildest dreams comprehend buying a Bentley as you have considered. The ECHO is one of the highest quality cars on the market today, regardless of price. It is cheap, which makes it affordable for people who want a high quality, economical car. Then there are people (like me for instance) who could afford to buy gas-guzzlers like the Crossfire or Q45 but wouldn't think of it because they believe it is not ethical to buy a bigger car than we need.
Aug 29, 2004 (4:19 am)
Where in Boca Raton are you? Just south of you here in Coral Springs, but work in Boca.
#4465 of 5806 Re: Gas Guzzlers? [rickcollins]
Aug 29, 2004 (6:58 am)
Q45: EPA 17 city, 23 highway
Crossfire: 17 city, 25 highway
ECHO: EPA 35 city, 43 highway
If I were you, I'd give a big THANK YOU to all the ECHO owners who are saving gas so that there's more for luxury car owners.