Last post on Apr 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#896 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [echofan]
Nov 19, 2012 (10:35 am)
Great little commuter car. I drive about 95 miles round trip total each day and still get about 40 MPG going 70-75 on a car with 220,000 miles.
I did a full exhaust due to aftermarket cat converter (bad at 140K) not matching OEM muffler (go figure, I got to due the muffler also). The replacement Bosal muffler had a bad seam that I thought was the connection to the cat so went to the shop. Went to Menike and they showed me the bad seam for free and I drove to AZ and they ordered a replacement. I reinstalled the replacement and still could not get the joint to seal so I went to Menike again and had them cut and weld. 80K later I got a engine code showing possible cat failure. Up and downstream O2's replaced with previous cat. Got a new cat via warranty replacement. Installed and codes cleared, I could see evidence of seam failure on the cat by the residue.
New platinum plugs about a year back.
Oil change every 3 - 5 K.
Air filter, engine and cabin, once a year.
Brakes front about every other year (bought a spare set of rotors for a half-hour driveway break swap), Rear first time just a couple of months back.
Clutch still nice and tight.
Nov 20, 2012 (4:33 am)
How many miles between front brake pad changes? It sounds to me like you are replacing them very frequently. Which means you are using the brakes too much.
Im afraid you will have an accident driving like that.
#898 of 913 Re: What Have You Replaced? [dfree1]
Nov 20, 2012 (8:49 am)
That's a lot of miles - hope mine gets that far without too much trouble. I'd be thrilled to own a car for that long, where the worst thing that ever happened is exhaust system problems.
Nov 20, 2012 (11:12 am)
Owning an ECHO is a huge thrill, certainly!
Maybe the biggest in the industry and not just for longevity.
Jan 30, 2013 (8:59 pm)
I recently bought an 01' Echo with 132000 miles on it and am finding expensive problems.
Rear Brakes including rotors.
Hope that I don't find too many more problems
Jan 31, 2013 (4:26 am)
What did you pay for it?
ECHOs have drums on the rear.
Hows the gas mileage?
#902 of 913 Re: What have you replaced [classicsplayer]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 31, 2013 (8:45 am)
Aside from the speakers, those sound like normal wear items for a high mileage car. Not the car's fault really--more about poor maintenance. Brakes can be done at 50K, shocks at 80K, motor mounts at 100K.
#903 of 913 Rear struts
Feb 24, 2013 (7:13 am)
I have a 2001 Echo with about 114,000 miles on it (yeah, I don't have that long of a commute!). I'm going to be needing to change out the shocks/struts in the rear due to a lot of squeaking going on. Has anyone gotten this done recently on their Echo - and how much did you pay for it?
Also, my front speakers have a loose connection somewhere since sometimes they'll come on. I'm only getting sound in the back. Is this a quick and easy fix - or will I have to pay some big money to get this fixed?
#904 of 913 Re: Rear struts [aries65]
Feb 24, 2013 (4:00 pm)
If you have a garage and a few tools you can do it yourself for only the cost of the shocks.
The hardest part is accessing the top bolts located under the Rear deck. You will need a good long extension for your socket wrench.
I did mine in under an hour.
I do not recall the cost but under eighty for two shocks and bellows from AZ or AA.
#905 of 913 Re: Rear struts [dfree1]
Feb 24, 2013 (4:20 pm)
Appreciate the response. I'm not very handy at all. I'll have to pay a garage to do it.
So, if anyone knows a ball-park figure or maybe just had it done themselves, I'm just curious as to how much this is going to set me back.