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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#5789 of 5804 Re: cabin filter [nospringchick]
Apr 25, 2012 (6:10 am)
Yeah, I never understood why Toyota made a place for a filter but didn't install one when the car was manufactured. They did the same thing with my '06 Scion xB (which is basically the same car with a different body).
For my Echo, Scion, and Sienna I buy a big home air conditioner filter, and cut pieces to fit each car. Really cheap, and looks to be a better filter than the ones from the auto parts store.
#5790 of 5804 Toyota Echo undercarriage
Aug 04, 2012 (12:57 pm)
I have a 2003 echo. The cheap plastic undercarriage is attached to the bumper and chassis by even cheaper plastic thumb snaps, most of which have fallen off, leaving half of the undercarriage to drag along the ground when I drive. I have scoured the web looking for a replacement undercarriage and tabs, but can't find anything. Replacement bumpers abound, but no undercarriages. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Aug 05, 2012 (6:57 am)
I have used zip ties to secure the plastic undercarriage on my sons 180,000 miles 2000 ECHO.
Have you looked in junkyards?
Go online used parts and ask people.
Aug 07, 2012 (12:59 pm)
just rip the thing off and call it a day - it is only there to slightly improve fuel economy, and I mean SLIGHTLY.
#5793 of 5804 Echo still reliable?
Aug 21, 2012 (4:53 am)
Am I correct to conclude that since there are no major complaints or repair postings, despite the aging of the Echo, that the reliability is still excellent?
#5794 of 5804 Re: Echo still reliable? [babyboomer]
Aug 21, 2012 (7:14 am)
Check Consumer Reports (if you don't know someone who subscribes, go to the library.)
I think you will see it is very reliable.
#5795 of 5804 Re: Echo still reliable? [babyboomer]
Aug 21, 2012 (12:45 pm)
Mine certainly has been. Other than regular maintenance (spark plugs, oil and air filter changes) and buying new tires when needed, I have spent nothing on repairs.
Aug 22, 2012 (4:34 am)
ECHOs are getting to be 10 year old vehicles now. So things will start going wrong in spite of the good vibe the car has.
Be careful cause the cars good repair record is well known and scum are selling them for top dollar. You could get scamed with car with major problems...
#5797 of 5804 Eleven years and counting
Oct 20, 2012 (6:42 pm)
I just replaced an ignition coil on my '01 (easy fix - 100 bucks for a new coil at O'Reilly's). It's the first mechanical issue since I've owned the car. Now, there are a couple of small nuisance issues otherwise. The power lock on the front passenger door no longer moves (unless you manually lock or unlock it) and the cable from the interior trunk release let go, so you have to use the key to get into the trunk.
Still, not bad considering (and the trunk issue should be fairly easy to fix).
Oct 22, 2012 (4:06 am)
Was the coil one of the four that sit atop each sparkplug?
You might consider on line junkyards they wight be cheaper than $100.
The lock and the trunk problems can be fixed but might entail doing cosmetic dammage to the car.
Or not if you are good at that sort of thing.
Since they can be worked around they are pretty much part of the ageing process and not critical like a tranmission or internal engine problem would be.
The car is flat out amazing longevity wise.