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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#883 of 913 Re: 2004 Toyota ECHO Hatchback [myki]
by kirstie_h HOST
Oct 29, 2012 (9:05 am)
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#884 of 913 What Have You Replaced?
Oct 30, 2012 (5:11 am)
Seems like most of the Echos out there are 10 or more years old. Mine is an '02 with 105k, and the only things replaced so far are spark plugs and one belt.
I'd be interested to hear from people with higher mileage, about what they've had to replace, and when. Water pump? Alternator or starter? CV joints? Stuff like that.
Anybody had to adjust valve clearance? At about 80k, a couple of my exhaust valves were within about 2 thousandths of the minimum so I'm wondering if I'll need to mess with that soon.
Love this car, and would like to keep it as long as possible!
#885 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [echofan]
Oct 30, 2012 (5:27 am)
I don't remember all the details (when, how many miles) on what I've replaced, but I have a 2002 sedan, purchased new on 12/12/01. I presently have just shy of 114,000 miles. I had to replace the alternator about a year ago and have replaced the battery twice. I had to replace the struts twice early on in the life of the car. Once it was covered by the warranty but I think the second time I had to pay for it.
All in all it's been a great car for me and I do love it. I am starting to become tempted to get something new though, but not having car payments for the last 6-7 years sure has been nice!
#886 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [jmrbk]
Oct 30, 2012 (6:18 am)
Thanks for the info. Just to clarify my earlier post, I bought the car in August '10 with 68k miles, so there may have been other parts changed before that (pretty sure the brake pads are not original, for example).
#887 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [echofan]
Oct 30, 2012 (9:35 pm)
When I replaced my '02 this year, it had about 170K miles. I had never repaired anything.
It was on its third battery by then though, also the third set of tires, third set of spark plugs. I had never had to replace brake pads or the clutch. I gave the car to a friend, who did have to replace the front brake pads a couple of months ago, at about 175K.
Apart from that, ummm?? I replaced the drive belts once. Fluids and air filters certainly came and went a bunch of times over the years. I never checked the valve clearance, and it was never a problem that I didn't. Never did the water pump, alternator, starter, or CV joints - those were all original when my friend took it.
If you want a car that will run forever with the absolute minimum of attention, I think you have found it with the Echo!
Oct 31, 2012 (4:04 am)
My sons 2000 has ~ 180k on it. New belts. New brakes (once) Air filters, oil changes. No valve adjustments. Couple of CELs. New MAF fixed that MAF common to fail. Current CEL. Dont know what it is.
Nothing else. Son and GF have driven to Seattle and back from NJ the past two summers.
I bought the car for them five or six years ago for $3000 with 117k miles.
#889 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [nippononly]
Oct 31, 2012 (7:04 am)
brand new front brake ,rotor ,pads, JUNE 2012
oil service + inspection,
replace front exhaust gasket
Ya it's a very good car still have the original battery and no problem in winter
no big repare on this car
they are good
#890 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [myki]
Nov 01, 2012 (8:01 pm)
Thanks for the replies. Have been making 500 mi round trips for work every other week. Sometimes wondered if I oughta just go ahead and replace a few things, to reduce the chance of having to fix something in a parking lot far from home.
But I think I'm about convinced that my odds are pretty good for now, so I'll just keep driving! Of course, I do the basics, like oil and filters, and I did change the transmission fluid & screen last year. But the only thing that has broken so far is a couple of cracked hubcaps. I can live with that!
Nov 02, 2012 (4:58 am)
Replacing perfectly good parts on a vehicle just because you are paranoid isnt going to save you from inconvience its just going to cost you $$$$.
Now, if you could accurately determine whats going to fail youd be on to something. ; )
#892 of 913 2001 sedan 5 speed clutch problem
Nov 06, 2012 (2:49 pm)
Hello.I have a 2001 ECHO sedan 5 speed.145,000 kilometers.The clutch all of a sudden has become very lite in feel,like it's losing pressure.Seems to drive okay.No lights on.
Any idea's?I also have the engine shake sometime's at idle.Motor mounts?And intermitten squeling or chirping also.When clutch is engaged it goes away,but when clutch is released it comes back.
I just bought the car 2500 bucks ,safety e-tested,no claimed accidents.original miliage on engine.
Please help. I heard the clutch is lite in the ECHO but it seemed tighter when i first got it.
thank you Bryan in Ontario Canada