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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
Jan 07, 2012 (5:23 am)
I had my ECHO upy to 106 once. There was a Left Lane Blocker on the NJTPK. He would speed up so no one could pass him. Mercedes, BMWs, and all sorts tried but the couldnt. Suddenly I found myself in a position to pass him. I put my foot on the floor and left it there. The car was going so fast i didnt dare look at the speedo. Finally he backed off and I had the left lane all to myself!
When I looked down the speedo said 106.
#5760 of 5807 Re: ppononly] [mfu] [nippononly]
Jan 08, 2012 (3:23 pm)
We have 04 Echo & the speedo is fast 4 mph. Checked with are GPS. My 02 Dodge truck is right on the money with the GPS .
#5761 of 5807 Re: ppononly] [mfu] [nippononly] [moparblue2]
Jan 08, 2012 (5:53 pm)
I think the speed of the car is determined by the rotation of the wheels, which may be off if the rim and/or tire sizes have been changed. The GPS uses satellite technology. I would think the GPS is more accurate. Maybe someone can correct me if I am wrong.
#5762 of 5807 Re: ppononly] [mfu] [nippononly] [moparblue2] [babyboomer]
Jan 08, 2012 (6:04 pm)
Speedometers are set approx. 3 mph high on purpose.
Jan 09, 2012 (3:13 am)
In my town we have those radar triggered speed limit signs. Theres a digital readout of your speed as you approach it. The speedos on the cars are accurate. But my motorcycles are about 5-7 mph too fast.
#5764 of 5807 Re: ppononly] [mfu] [nippononly] [moparblue2] [babyboomer] [mcdawgg]
Jan 09, 2012 (5:55 am)
I should have said on Toyotas they are generally 3 mph too fast.
#5765 of 5807 Re: ppononly] [mfu] [nippononly] [moparblue2] [babyboomer] [mcdawgg] [mcdawgg]
Jan 11, 2012 (11:53 pm)
I agree. When I am in a Toyota, I always subtract 2 mph from the speedo automatically to get true speed.
Hondas are even worse - they got sued on that some years back and lost.
Jan 18, 2012 (8:41 am)
I read in a newspaper auto advice column that wheel mounts in Toyotas are known to need replacing sooner than others. This was a shock to me because I have never replaced them on any Toyota. I wonder if there are other Toyota parts that wear out sooner than in other makes.
#5767 of 5807 Re: engine mounts [babyboomer]
Jan 18, 2012 (10:38 am)
Read in one advice column? Not a very good source of information. Was it engine mounts, or wheel bearings? You said engine mounts in title, but "wheel mounts" in the text. Long time owner, never replaced an engine mount, even with over 100,000 miles and over 10 years old. Wheel bearings? Yes, replaced one, but it was also the same one that I was forced to hit a curb with to avoid an accident. A few years later, I had to replace that wheel bearing, but probably due to hitting the curb.
Jan 18, 2012 (12:07 pm)
Never heard of problems with wheel bearing or engine mounts on Toyotas
On the Yaris the water pumps are experiencing early failures. Which is strange because I never heard of an ECHO experiencing a wp failure and they have the exact same engine.
Mine failed at 27k miles and was replaced under warranty.
I suspect the percentage of cars affected is quite small but nevertheless this is unheard of in my experience with Toyotas.
See Yarisworld.com for posts concerning this.