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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#4936 of 5820 Re: Recall Advice - Corrosion Protection [rwgreenberg]
Mar 15, 2006 (4:38 am)
I received the recall letter from Toyota last December for my 2003 Echo, and contacted two local Toyota dealers for the warranty work. The first one refused to honor the work saying the recall only apply to certain geographical regions not to all Echos. The second dealer set up an appointment and ordered the parts. The repair was done in the same day, and the dealer did a very good job. When I got the car back, the interior looked as though it had not been touched despite some minor scratches on the plastic trims. When I turned on the heat, I could smell an ordor but only for few days. I assumed it came from the glue. Overall I was very satisfied with this dealer's work. I guess it all depends on which dealer you go to. I would highly recommend you to have the repair done.
Please go to the web site http://www.echodrivers.com/ and look under the General Discussions section. There is a thread at the top that deals with this recall with some interesting photos.
Mar 15, 2006 (8:12 am)
Just make sure this doesnt turn into an oppertunity for the dealer to "inspect" your car and "recommend" additional work (that you will PAY for) My dealer presented with a straight face an estimate for $8000 to my daughter for her 92 Camry worth $2000. She made the mistake of taking it there for an oil change.
#4938 of 5820 Re: The Dealer [kneisl1]
Mar 15, 2006 (10:08 am)
The dealer did not harass me at all. I just got the repair invoice and the car key from the cashier without paying a penny, and my car was already waiting for me at the front door.
I always maintain the car by myself. That was the first repair done at a dealer. I was kind of worry about my first dealer experience prior bringing in the car, but, it turned out well.
Echo is inexpensive to buy, mechanically reliable, easy to maintain, comfortable to drive, and fuel efficient. Too bad it is no longer made.
#4939 of 5820 Help! Rear View Mirror
Mar 15, 2006 (1:07 pm)
I hit a big green trash can the other day with the right outside rearview mirror. Just the glass was broken. When ordering a new glass on the internet (using the VIN number) they sent the wrong glass and I had to send it back. Going to the dealer last week they ALSO ordered the wrong piece even though they had the VIN. Apparently they used the correct number to order. Does anyone know a place I can get the CORRECT glass for my mirror? (or at least the entire outside right mirror assembly?) It is the non adjustable type.
Mar 19, 2006 (11:37 am)
go to car-part.com, type in the required info
i.e. rearview mirror, several junkyards will
respond with matches and prices for the part
you need. the parts are from wrecks, so they
are an exact match.
good luck. hope you find your part.
Mar 19, 2006 (2:59 pm)
Thanks that looks like a great site. I have bookmarked it for future use. (Im too old to go to junkyards pulling parts anymore) I DID manage to find an aftermarket sourse for a mirror in the meantime. They sent the drivers side instead of the passengers though. Sent it back. If I dont get the right one Ill try car-parts.
Mar 21, 2006 (10:31 pm)
my little car goes in for its first servicing this Friday. They are going to change the coolant, the oil, and the spark plugs, and do basic visual checks and fluid topping. This complements the new air filter it had when I picked it up, and is all it will get for now. The dealer tried to talk me into fresh brake fluid and transmission oil, but since the manual only says "inspect" them, not replace them, at 60K (the service that was omitted - I bought the car at 60K), I am going to skip them for now. Then I am going to drive it for a while with just oil changes and tire rotations until 90K, when it will get the full deal maintenance.
I bought the car to be inexpensive to buy and maintain, so I am disinclined to do more than that for the first year. Plus, that will be the necessary work to maintain my emissions and "Toyota certified" powertrain warranty.
Mar 22, 2006 (7:18 am)
I agree thats probably all you need. Especially if the car is used mostly for long distance driving. But in the meantime before 90k you might look into doing these things yourself. Its not hard, it saves a lot of money (if Toyota does it) you know the work is done right, and its good therapy. (for you and the car!
PS I dont think the guy who advised you to change the brake fluid and transmission oil was giving you a bum steer. If you saw what your brake/clytch fluid looked like you might agree! Auto trans doesnt need changing but the manaul would benefit.
#4944 of 5820 Re: maintenance [kneisl1]
Mar 22, 2006 (7:35 am)
Yeah, I know what they look like, I used to do all this stuff myself. These days it is just so hard to find the time, so I pay the dealership to do it. I use the car for freeway commuting, no stop-and-go and no really short trips. I figure in the worst case scenario the car has never had fresh manual trans oil or brake fluid, but I am betting both can make it to 90K from the factory. Manual transmissions are tough, and I have never changed manual transmissions oil more frequently than 60-75K miles. Brake fluid goes more by years than miles, and the car has only been in service for 3 1/2 years. The 90K will likely come up around 4 1/2 years. I might end up doing the 90K maintenance a bit early, we'll see.
Checked the oil yesterday just to see if it used any before they change it, and in 5K miles it hasn't used a drop. Good news. I keep having to chuckle when I pull out that plastic dipstick. Whether the use of plastic was for weight or economizing reasons, do people agree with me that they went a bit far there?
Mar 22, 2006 (8:47 am)
>hasnt used a drop (of oil)< You gotta love this car! I dont understand the plastic dipstick either. Its very hard to read especially with fresh oil. My wifes Camry has a metal dipstick with a white plastic oil dipper on the end. (so it can fall off into the oil when it gets older) One thing I liked about the ECHO the first time I saw it is that a lot of attention was paid to making the car LIGHT. (hard to understand how the plastic dipstick does that. Maybe it does) That is the key to fuel economy. The fact that the car does pretty good in crash tests tells me a lot of thought went into this car.