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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#5419 of 5822 Kill Switch
Jun 23, 2008 (3:58 pm)
I participated in this forum a bit WAY back in the old days...2002 or so. We have been enjoying our two Echo's for all these years. one has 88K and the other 28K. They have been perfectly reliable.
Anyway, it appears thieves here in San Francisco have a way to buy a universal set of keys for Toyotas (I've heard from Snap-On Tools, but I don't know if that's right) and just drive a car away. I would like to install a ignition kill switch and hide it in the passenger compartment somewhere. Has anyone done this or know which wire under the hood to cut to install a kill switch?
Jun 23, 2008 (4:47 pm)
JCW sells a switch that goes on the + wire going to the battery. I worry about someone stealing my ECHO, siphoning the oil out of my oil tank, and stealing the wood from my wood pile!
Jun 25, 2008 (2:38 am)
Well its finally happened. The Gas Apocolypse I foresaw back in 00 when I bought my ECHO is upon us! People are lining up at my doorstep to tell me "You were RIGHT!" NOT!
Jun 26, 2008 (3:33 am)
Gas prices increasing, stock prices falling, and salaries staying the same. This triple whammy trend is changing our society and the world. One possible good result: goods are getting to be too expensive to ship from other counties so maybe jobs will starting returning.
Jun 26, 2008 (7:33 am)
Along with challanges come oppertunities. We need to recognize and exploit the oppertunities better than we failed to anticipate the coming problem.
Jun 26, 2008 (7:54 am)
thinking of trading their Echo for a new Yaris? If so, have you driven it yet? What did you think by comparison?
Jun 26, 2008 (8:01 am)
I might be giving my ECHO to my son and buying a Yaris for myself. Only problem: dealer says they can get base models and wants $15,000 (+ extras) to order one. I like the Yaris interior!
Jun 26, 2008 (11:48 pm)
I don't get it. You mean you want a base model and the dealer only has 'S's, or what? I am most surprised, here everything from the $10,995 base hatch to fully loaded 'S's are widely available. And while discounts off sticker are very small, some places will still do up to $500-1000 discounts despite the huge demand for these small models right now.
I like the hatch more than the sedan because the interior is nicer, but in typical infuriating Toyota fashion the hatch is the one they starve of options. Despite having the exact same powertrain and power package, the sedan gets optional cruise and the hatch doesn't. The sedan is easy to find with ABS, the hatch isn't. The sedan is getting easier to find with alloys and the power package, the hatch isn't (all the hatches I see get plastic wheel covers instead). When equipped with the power package with alloys and a stick shift, the 'S' hatch is a heck of a value, I think, at $13,7. I would add keyless and cruise though, so that would be $1000 extra that the dealer service department would get.
Not only is the hatch's interior better, but the pedals are more widely spaced. I find them too close together in the sedan. Apart from these minor foibles, I like the Yaris. I certainly prefer its looks to the Echo's, even though I think my Echo has an endearingly quirky quality to its exterior styling.
Jun 27, 2008 (12:45 am)
Not the situation at all here. No bases not even Yaris's on the lot. You have to order. None of the three dealers around me even has a single Yaris in stock.
Jun 27, 2008 (6:09 am)
i don't no were you live. but you can go on line to toytoa.com & find yaris's all over the US. were you live they are just driveing the price up for more profit. i think this might be ellegal. i would check other dealers. i haved save a lot of money before just bye driveing 100 miles. dealers sevice dept. do not care were you bye. sevice is a big part of dealer income. wether warraty or oil change.