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#65 of 914 Re: Possible Recall - Rusty Floorboards? [equis]
May 07, 2005 (5:27 pm)
This may help. As far as I know, no vehicles have actually experienced rusting through, even in the high salt environments of Eastern Canada. It seems to be reventative only.
"CORROSION PROTECTION ENHANCEMENT ECHO CPE PROGRAM
Dear Toyota Owner:
Thank you for driving an Echo. At Toyota, we are dedicated to providing vehicles of outstanding quality and value. As part of our continuous effort to provide superior customer satisfaction, Toyota is announcing a Corrosion Protection Enhancement program that includes your Echo. Toyota has recently become aware that under certain operating conditions and exposure to high concentrations of road salt, the original corrosion protection layer on the interior floor panel of Echos
manufactured before September 29, 2004 may be compromised. In order to ensure your continued satisfaction with your vehicle, we request that you arrange to have your Echo inspected by an authorized Toyota dealer. Upon inspection, the dealer will apply Toyota approved anti-corrosion materials that will enhance the corrosion protection of your vehicle AT NO COST TO YOU.
Please contact any authorized Toyota dealer at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment to have the corrosion protection enhancement performed. Servicing will take approximately three (3.0) to eight (8.0) hours to complete. However, depending upon the dealerís work schedule, it may be necessary to make your vehicle available for a longer period of time.
This Corrosion Protection Enhancement program is a limited time offer. We request that you arrange to have your Echo serviced under this program before September 30, 2005. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Department at any Toyota Dealer. We have sent this notice in the interest of your continued satisfaction with our products. We greatly appreciate your continued patronage of driving a Toyota.
TOYOTA SERVICE OPERATIONS"
More information can be found by googling echodrivers and/or "campaign 505".
#66 of 914 Re: Possible Recall - Rusty Floorboards? [rossm2]
May 08, 2005 (7:55 am)
That is very interesting. Although we don't have heavy concentrations of snow and road salt here on Gabriola Island, we are right by the ocean so I think it would be a good idea to have my Echo taken in for the enhanced corrosion protection. Especially since it's at not cost!
.... besides ... my little Echo deserves a Spa treatment once in a while.
Thank you very much for posting that information rossm2.
#67 of 914 Re: Possible Recall - Rusty Floorboards? [equis]
May 08, 2005 (8:08 am)
My pleasure. By the way, I live in Port Alberni - we Islanders need to stick together.
#68 of 914 rusty floorboards
May 15, 2005 (6:43 am)
Hi from a Newbie:-)
Just had my 2004 Echo done yesterday.
That part was good. All done now.
the car is great...good in snow and I am a snowboarder, no fuss and no probs (this is my second Echo..I owned the first one in my town..the 2000 demo car:-)
#69 of 914 A Big No Go
May 20, 2005 (3:54 pm)
I have a 2000 Echo. Sometimes, when I first hit the accelerator to pull out into the road, the car will stall (i guess that's what you call it). Basically, it doesn't go as soon as I hit the gas. At this point I usually reflexively push the gas harder even though it doesn't really help. The car will then suddenly "catch up" and begin to accelerate. After that, it's fine. I can go the rest of the day without a problem. It may actually be several days or even weeks before it does it again. It seems to happen in any type of weather. Warming the car up seems to help, and I usually do so, but sometimes I'm in a hurry. And it won't always do it even if I'm starting cold.
Any ideas? Can anyone even make sense of what I typed? I obviously know very little about cars. Thank you for any help!
#70 of 914 Re: A Big No Go [mattcli]
May 20, 2005 (5:24 pm)
Is your ECHO an automatic as I suspect? If so, the problem is likely transmission slippage. Have you ever had the transmission fluid changed? Check the fluid level and condition (or have someone do it for you as you say you know little about cars). If it is dark in colour or smells BAD, have it replaced. 5 years is a long time for transmission fluid. If the problem is a recent one, you probably won't be looking at an expensive repair. Good luck and let us know the outcome.
#71 of 914 Re: A Big No Go [rossm2]
May 21, 2005 (5:07 pm)
Yes, it's an automatic. I'll have the fluid checked ASAP, and I'll definitely let you know what happens. Thanks for your help!
May 22, 2005 (1:44 pm)
I have owned a 2003, 2004 and now a 2005 echo 4dr sedan automatic with A/C. With all three cars I have had an annoying issue. On a mildly windy day when driving on highway doing 60-65mph (100-120kmh) I can feel every little gust of wind. I have to continually correct my steering as each gust forces me to the shoulder of the road, and it is especially bad when passing large trucks. I have 14" tires that have a medium profile (stock size). Firstly I was wondering if anyone else notices the "sail like" profile of the Echo? And secondly does anyone know if a lower profile or larger radius tire would help to reduce this type of problem.
I have also seen a lot of earlier posts made commenting of the weak A/C system on the Echo and I totally agree. On my 2003 the A/C had a lot of problems. When I would first engage the A/C the car would shutter and almost stall with a harsh kicking sound as the compressor started. Then with continued use the car would idle erratically and the temp would rise. I had it into the dealer many times but a problem was never found. Then on my 2004 I hoped the weak A/C would be forgotten, but alas I suffered another summer.
When I took it into the dealer this time they said that summer weather is hot so the A/C cant intake cool air so it wont get as cold. I KNOW ITíS HOTÖ.THATíS WHY I GOT AIR CONDITIONING!!! They replaced a valve or something and it never got any better anyway. I now have a 2005 and so far would almost suspect the A/C has improved, however we have not hit the real hot temps of summer yet so that is still to be proven.
I had a friend who is a commercial A/C technician suggest insulating all of the pipe connections off the compressor with insulating tape (like the stuff used for your hot water pipes in the house) I have yet to try this but hope it helps.
And you may ask why/how have I owned 3 Echos in three years?
Well these pictures should explain.
This is my 2003 after an $11000 rear end collision.
This is my 2004 after getting rear ended and pushed under the truck in front of me.
#73 of 914 Talk to the Press
May 23, 2005 (9:39 am)
A reporter is looking to speak with owners of Chrysler, Saab, Toyota or Volkswagen vehicles who did all the scheduled maintenance on their vehicle and still experienced engine sludge within the warranty period within the past year. If this describes your situation, please respond by 6pm Eastern on Monday, May 23, 2005 to jfallonedmunds.com.
Thanks for your consideration,
#74 of 914 Wet floor
May 28, 2005 (5:18 pm)
The floor on the passenger side of my Echo is soaking wet and I can't get it to dry up.
Everytime it rains it is wetter, could this be the Program 505 problem or