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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#4834 of 5820 Re: AF, Sparkplug [kneisl1]
Jan 04, 2006 (9:16 pm)
Thanks very much for the answer. Unfortunately the 2005 air filter box has 2 electrical clips , the air intake hose , and it appears that you must take all this stuff off as well as the intake hose . the box has 2 clips and a rear hinge. I think the 1.5 in my 2005 is a little different than the 2001. The other thing is that a standard 5/8 is too large to fit into the plug hole. I am used to the deep plug recess because my '95 Corolla is similar, but I think the Echo may have a special socket. Because its so new there is not a lot of info available yet.I guess I'll have to talk nicely to a Toyota mechanic.
#4835 of 5820 Strange Stuff
Jan 05, 2006 (1:24 pm)
When you find out what the deal is with the plugs let us know!
Jan 07, 2006 (4:57 am)
We have 04 Echo 1.5 engine. I took out spark plugs to check them & regap. I do not remember witch spark plug socket I used. But I only have the two standard spark plug sockets in my tool box. Remember to use anti seize when replacing the plugs. If you ever want to take them back out.
Jan 10, 2006 (8:07 am)
just bought an '02 4-door, manual shift, 60K miles. Have been driving it around for a few days, really like it so far. My question is this: so far I have done 345 miles on this tank of gas, the fuel gauge is still only just below the 1/4 line. How much gas is left when the needle gets down to 'E'? I am hoping I might be getting 40 mpg, but of course I won't know until I fill it up. My experience with Toyotas has been that they always have a couple of gallons left in the tank when the needle gets to 'E'.
Also, does this car have a low-fuel warning light?
Jan 10, 2006 (1:14 pm)
There is a fuel pump icon that blinks. But that wont happen until your fuel gauge is much lower than 1/4 tank. It looks to me you ARE on track for 40 mpg, perhaps more. When that needle gets close to E the fuel pump icon will blink and you WILL NOT have a few gallons of gas left.
Jan 10, 2006 (6:36 pm)
well, the gas near me has gone up $0.30/gallon in the last 10 days, including a nickel since yesterday, so I figured I wouldn't wait, and just filled it up.
I ended up with 38 mpg on the first tank, using 9 1/2 gallons of gas. Obviously, this is preliminary, and I will be averaging in the future. But 38 seems pretty good for all in-town, suburban driving, even if I WAS hoping for 40. I will try harder with the next tank.
Love this car so far, it is so minimalist! I know it has a lot of hard plastic inside, but they got all the important stuff right - the HVAC and wiper/turn signal controls all move smoothly just as they should in a Toyota, the door handles feel solid and move fluidly when you use them, it has great stereo speakers (6x9 on the back deck, yes!) that really perform if you stick in a decent high-powered stereo, and it rides over bad pavement without tossing you around or jarring everyone and spilling your coffee. It gets up and goes, and it stops quickly.
And I think I can get 40 mpg in my daily driving if I try hard enough! All that, plus comfy front seats that also give rear seat riders plenty of foot room underneath, just the right ride height (it's small, but the roof is high enough that those monster SUVs can still see you), and strong A/C.
I am waiting to see the Yaris in person to decide if I lost out by not waiting, but from everything I have read, there won't be a lot of tangible advantages to the Yaris over the Echo, except better looks and maybe a sprinkling of nicer interior materials.
Jan 10, 2006 (8:24 pm)
It is also colder now so that will drop your mileage some. Im getting 36-38 now in the winter with all local driving. I do 40-42 in the summer.
The Yaris is also heavier by several hundred pounds so it wont accelerate or get as good mpg as the ECHO. I could wish my ECHO was a hatchbac though.
#4841 of 5820 Re: new owner here [nippononly]
Jan 11, 2006 (11:12 am)
I can get about 400-440 miles per tank. The low fuel light will blink when it is down to 2 gallons and I usually don't push the limit, I will fill it up at that point just in case.
#4842 of 5820 Re: Strange Stuff [kneisl1]
Jan 11, 2006 (10:04 pm)
I bit the bullet and figured out the spark plug change on the Echo. A 5/8 slim plug socket and a 6-8inch extension. First you remove the VVT-i plastic cover(10mm cap screws) and then you remove the 10mm bolt from the small coil on top of the plug lead.Then pull the coil,lead and all out of the plug hole,in one piece. Hook your extension to the rachet and 5/8 socket,drop it over the plug,and crank them out. Its a good idea to put a couple of strips of electrical tape inside the socket, to keep the plug from falling out. The plug hole is deep. I kept a telescoping magnet handy, in case I had to go plug fishing...Good Luck.
#4843 of 5820 Re: new owner here [reba05]
Jan 12, 2006 (10:49 am)
I am shooting for a full 400 miles on this tank before I fill up.