Last post on Oct 03, 2013 at 11:03 AM
You are in the Toyota Echo
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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#898 of 914 Re: What Have You Replaced? [dfree1]
Nov 20, 2012 (7:49 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 (10:12 am)
Owning an ECHO is a huge thrill, certainly!
Maybe the biggest in the industry and not just for longevity.
Jan 30, 2013 (7:59 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 (3:26 am)
What did you pay for it?
ECHOs have drums on the rear.
Hows the gas mileage?
#902 of 914 Re: What have you replaced [classicsplayer]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2013 (7:45 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 914 Rear struts
Feb 24, 2013 (6:13 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 914 Re: Rear struts [aries65]
Feb 24, 2013 (3:00 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 914 Re: Rear struts [dfree1]
Feb 24, 2013 (3:20 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.
#906 of 914 Re: Rear struts [aries65]
Feb 26, 2013 (11:09 am)
This isn't going to help you figure out how much a shop would charge for your rear shocks, but I am curious how you figured out that they needed changing? I have a 2000 Echo 4-door with about 140k on the clock and have never even thought about changing out suspension components. Is it a really obvious squeaking or has the ride quality become terrible or something?
And about the speakers, my echo has an aftermarket stereo system/cd player and has the same problem you describe, where going over a bump might cause the front speakers to come for a few seconds and then they go dead again, so I'd be interested in knowing if you find the culprit. For now, given the spartan nature of the Echo, I'm just glad it even has a radio!
Always glad to hear from other Echo owners out there!
#907 of 914 Re: Rear struts [albusd]
Feb 26, 2013 (11:22 am)
When I go over a bump, or when I take heavy bags of groceries out of the trunk, I can hear a groaning/squeaking noise coming from the back end. So I'm not sure if it's new shocks I need - if they even have them, or replacing the back struts.
I've pushed down on the back end to see if it "bounces" - but it doesn't do that.
Maybe I don't need something changed out? Or maybe I do?
I've already had the front struts replaced (and bushings), changed out the steering fluid, changed out the front brakes, have had tires replaced, and a tune-up done.
I was mistaken on the mileage. I've actually only got 104,000 on the car!
I think with the stereo it may be a loose wire somewhere. I'll be checking out some local auto stereo shops this weekend. I really miss not having that "surround sound" in the car. It's a "treat" when I sometimes I get a day of it when the front speakers decide to pop on! LOL