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#5658 of 5822 Re: 2001 Blue Toyota Echo USA - 190k Miles - Not ONE Repair. [robotfist]
Apr 16, 2010 (11:48 am)
I "Echo" all your thoughts!!!!
My '02 is only at 135K, but I also have not had a single repair. Original clutch too, with no sign of impending failure.
It's also a very cheap car to maintain, with 60K-mile plugs and a timing chain.
I have also contemplated the marketplace for possible replacements and come up empty-handed. I am hoping the upcoming CRZ will fit the bill, but it will sure cost a lot more than the Echo did to achieve the same fuel economy and acceleration (with much better handling thrown in to account for that price premium!).
Other options include the Fit you mentioned, which is slower AND thirstier (what a combo! ) and the Mini Cooper, which will have it all - 40 mpg (for me with my driving pattern, matching how th Echo does for me), speed, and handling - but will also cost more than $20K.
Who knows. The only one of those three that will have the open interior design of the Echo - which I love, it makes it feel like a much bigger car inside than it actually is - is the Fit.
There are some new cars coming on the market, Mazda2 and Fiesta initially, which may do a better job of filling the Echo's shoes, but they are tough shoes to fill and for now my Echo isn't going anywhere....
Edit....by the way, my Echo has the Rostra cruise control which has worked flawlessly all these years. Like you, I wouldn't be without cruise in my car. Perhaps instead of replacing the Echo you shoudl consider installing cruise? The Echo really is one of a kind.
Apr 19, 2010 (4:56 pm)
the O2 senors are right upstream and downstream of the cat. converter. Yes there are two. I just had the cat con replaced, first real repair after 234,000 miles, other than regular maintenance. Battery finally died today after 9 years of service.
Question. I have a rattle between battery and fender only rattles at idle. Any ideas?
#5660 of 5822 there goes 135K miles
Apr 29, 2010 (7:52 pm)
and I decided to keep the little Echo at least one more year, so I spent $400 on it - new platinum plugs (the last ones went 70K!), coolant, manual transmission oil, brake fliud, dual air filters (inside and underhood), front-end inspection, and a bunch of other stuff I forget.
Still haven't ever replaced the brake pads, although this time they said the fronts were down to 3 mm, so if I keep it longer than next spring I will probably end up replacing those too....
Had a free loaner while they were doing the service - a 2010 Yaris automatic. Not a bad piece of work for $15K.....don't like the brakes though, the brakes on my Echo are much more confidence-inspiring. I notice that even with the weight gain and height reduction, the Yaris still gets blown around in the wind on the freeway just like the Echo. The thing I most dislike is that where the Echo's central instrument pod is canted toward the driver, the one in the Yaris just faces straight back, so all the instruments are angled away from the driver. Not a good design, the Echo was better. And I much prefer the analog fuel gauge in the Echo to the LCD thing in the Yaris. But the Yaris has the edge in looks, as do most cars when compared to the Echo!
May 03, 2010 (3:45 pm)
Yes the whole gas gauge/ODO thing on the Yaris is a disaster. Its so far away from the driver and the characters are so small its very difficult to read. The speedo is goofy too. The mph lines are too close together. The ECHOs is perfect.
#5662 of 5822 red light on the dash board???
May 22, 2010 (6:56 am)
while driving with AC on, the red light turned on,then I turned off the AC and after few seconds the red light went off, after few minutes of driving even with AC off the red light popped out again for couple of seconds...???
PLEASE ADVISE WHAT TO DO? APPRECIATE ANY INPUT. THANKS.
#5663 of 5822 Re: red light on the dash board??? [bulbucv1381]
May 23, 2010 (1:22 pm)
Which red light? The one shaped like the oil can or the one shaped like the thermostat? Check your oil level and coolant level for starters. If they are both fine and it's the temperature one, maybe your fan isn't working (it's a simple electrical switch that could go bad). Running the AC makes the engine work harder which will cause it to overheat faster.
If it is a potential overheat and you absolutely must keep driving to get home or to a garage, open the vents and turn the heat up - this will move hot air out of your engine and into the passenger compartment. Roll your windows down to keep from cooking yourself and get your car shut down as soon as possible.
If it's the oil light, add oil.
#5664 of 5822 red light shaped like the thermostat
May 23, 2010 (6:51 pm)
its the red thermostat that turned on, could the light turn on because the AC cartridge is off? what can I do to fix the problem, where is that switch located that could be bad? thanks for the answer to my previous question.
May 25, 2010 (2:46 pm)
I just picked up a nice camry, but the board is dead there to my question.
So I'll give an update on my Echo I picked up 1.5 years ago on the good message board. 2001 auto trans with 40k when I purchased it. It has been flawless with great mileage. I'm up to 60k and I'm shooting for 200k.
May 25, 2010 (5:38 pm)
Have the valve clearances checked per the manual at 60k to get that 200k miles.
#5667 of 5822 Re: echo [kneisl1]
May 28, 2010 (11:24 am)
Thanks Kneis - I haven't looked at the manual for awhile. I'll get on that a see what else is in there for 60k that makes sense.
I changed out what I think were the orginal plugs in the fall. I get the oil changed about every 4k and the little guy runs like a top. It appears I still have the orginal battery(it has a blue eye for the charge like the old delco's did in green).
140k to go!!!!!