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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#177 of 914 Non-adjustable headlights
Aug 27, 2006 (4:56 pm)
My recently purchased used 2003 Echo has 2 intentionally designed maintenance problems, both costly to the consumer. #1, non-adjustable valves, was covered in a prior posting. #2 is the non-adjustable headlights. There are no obvious adjustable mounts on the headlight assemblies, contrary to every other car that I have ever owned. Toyota of Gilroy, Ca., where I bought it, told me that special tools, procedures, and such were needed, "Bring it in". After the dealership did some disassembly-reassembly of the headlight housings with a lot of labor time, the lights aim was good. THE BILL WAS $150.00! This is "planned obsolescence", discouraging the proper maintenance of the vehicle by artificially inflating labor costs. After $718.00 estimates for needed valve "adjustment" and $150.00 for headlight "adjustment", it has become plain to me that I bought the wrong car.
#178 of 914 Re: repair manual [echo_gurl]
Sep 11, 2006 (4:17 am)
I have the Echo Workshop Manual on CD and could send you a copy. ozzieworldauyahoo.com.au
#179 of 914 2001 Echo clutch is going, what can I do?
Sep 17, 2006 (12:41 pm)
My 2001 Echo with about 65,000 miles has the clutch starting to go. I now have to literally depress the clutch all the way to the floorboard or else I will ruin the gears when I shift.
Rather than wait until the clutch totally fails to work, what can I do? What should I tell my mechanic, what is needed for parts and labor, and how long should it take? You help is appreciated. Thank you.
#180 of 914 Re: 2001 Echo clutch is going, what can I do? [happycamper56]
Sep 17, 2006 (6:10 pm)
You need a clutch kit, the parts are cheap but the labor is expensive. Around here, there used to be clutch replacement ads running for $500 or less at independent shops, but I haven't seen any recently. Figure on at least $500 for an anywhere-near-decent type of job. I don't know f you normally go to the dealer for maintenance, but this is one where you should probably give the dealer a miss and save some bucks. It is a perfectly routine repair, and the dealer will just charge you more for it.
#181 of 914 Brake Pads and Rotors
Sep 19, 2006 (4:45 pm)
Hi. I just had my front brake pads and rotors replaced on my 2003 Echo. It has 40,000 miles. Cost...about $260.00 I drive quite conservatively in a mostly suburban-type environment. Does 40,000 miles on a set of pads/rotors sound about average for this vehicle? I thought they would last quite a bit longer. Thanks for any feedback.
#182 of 914 Re: Brake Pads and Rotors [rwgreenberg]
Sep 19, 2006 (8:31 pm)
Automatic or manual?
Even on a small light car like this, 40K miles would be pretty darn good if it's an automatic, especially for mostly suburban use without a lot of highway miles. Even for a manual it is decent, but not outstanding in that case.
Why did they replace the rotors as well? That's a pretty good price for pads AND rotors, but I wouldn't expect the rotors to need replacing after only 40K miles, UNLESS you let the pads go until they were gone and it was metal on metal.
#183 of 914 Re: Brake Pads and Rotors [rwgreenberg]
Sep 20, 2006 (5:17 am)
Hi! I had to have by rotors replaced at 18K (under warranty) because the dealer said they had warped. At 36K I had to have them replaced again because the dealer said the brake pads rusted and caused the rotors to become grooved. They claimed that I must not drive much, that the car sits a lot, therefore causing the rust. Not the case! I drive it daily.
I contacted Toyota HQ to see if this was a known problem (I have a 2002 ECHO that I bought new in 12/01) but they said it isn't. I wrote them a lengthy letter and they agreed to reimbuse me $400 of the $500 I spent to have the work done at the dealer (I will be reimbursed when I spend $400 at the dealer in a one year period and send them copies of my receipts). At this point I am only continuing to have service done at the dealer long enough to get $400 worth of work done and then I will never use the dealer service dept. again.
Anyhow, if you look back in archives in April or May, you will find my story.
#184 of 914 Re: Trunk leak solution? [grayliner]
Sep 24, 2006 (7:46 pm)
Yes, I had the same trunk leak problem with my 01 Echo. My trunk gasket had come unglued from the channel. I pulled the gasket loose on the upper part of the trunk, cleaned it and the gasket channel with isopropyl alcohol. I bought a tube of the black silicone adhesive sealant and reattached the gasket to the channel base. It's been about a year now and still no leaks!
Hope this helps,
#185 of 914 Brake Noise 2002 Echo
Sep 25, 2006 (7:41 pm)
Hi I have a 2002 echo with 171,000 kms on it. Recently when i back up when i put my foot on the brakes i get a high pitched squeal. I have replaced Pads and Rotors, Shoes and Drums. Anyone have any ideas
#186 of 914 Re: repair manual [aussieecho]
Sep 29, 2006 (1:12 am)
would this echo workshop manual be ok for my 2004 echo,i am interested in getting a copy off you for im am running my self raggered trying to look for some visual information on this vehicle for i intend of keeping this car for quite some time,i am an automotive electrician by trade and information is what live for and willing to swap for any information from my 15 years experience in the trade that you need to find out.