Last post on Jul 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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Toyota ECHO, Heating / Cooling, Sedan
#5 of 14 2002 heat and AC dials don't work for me either
May 22, 2011 (6:01 am)
My heat and AC direction dials don't work for me either on my 2002 Echo. Never have. They work well enough that I can't complain, however. There IS hot and cold air coming out of the vents. I can live with all else.
Dec 03, 2011 (11:36 am)
I have a 2000 Echo, manual transmission, 166 000 miles. My AC is gone completely. I love my Echo. Is it worth replacing the AC or do I have to buy a new car? If yes, what? There does not seem to be anything else out there that matches my little ECHO. I value the nimbleness and the fuel economy above all else. I like it small, fast and cheap.
Dec 03, 2011 (4:48 pm)
Yes your ECHO is worth investing in! My son has a 2000 I bought with 117k on it for $3000. It now has 180k and has been on two trips out west from NJ without drama.
The ECHO is one of the best built, best designed cars EVER made.
There ISNT anything better out there. You already own the BEST!
Go to some AC shops (NOT the dealer!) and get two or three estimates for the repair. That should give you a feel for what is needed. Get some recommendations as to where to go from friends/coworkers/family. Maybe it just needs a rechrage, ($$) maybe it needs a compressor.(More $$$)I would also look in the yellow pages under auto section and airconditioning to find a shop.
A full on new compressor repair maight be $1000. If so were it my car I wouldnt hesitate. But it could well be someting cheaper. If one shop says big bucks go someplace else. Go to several until you get sort of the same answer.
Good luck and tell us what happens!
#9 of 14 Re: echo [kneisl1]
Dec 03, 2011 (5:56 pm)
Thank you so much! I will do it. Why don't they make the ECHO anymore, I wonder.
Dec 04, 2011 (1:20 am)
Well it was not exactly a BMW ego stroker. That and people just do not buy (or did not buy) economy cars in this country. There is just too much at stake social status wise to buy a car like an ECHO! The Yaris got bigger and flashier in an attempt to increase sales. Look at Camry! Look at Accord! Remember when they got 40 mpg? I saw an Accord in a show room last summer and the stickers said average mpg 16! 16!
That is the fate of all such cars I fear.
But maybe with the economy going real bad people will come to their senses....
#11 of 14 Chirping noise with A/C on...
Jun 22, 2013 (8:19 am)
I've been hearing what sound like birds chirping around my car when I turn on the A/C and have the window rolled down a little before I back out. It only seems to do it when the car is idling, but once I get going - the sound disappears. Is this something to worry about, or just normal sounds the A/C makes? I have a 2001 Echo.
Jun 22, 2013 (3:33 pm)
Could be a lot of things.
Are you mechanically inclined?
My son has a 2000 ECHO and its nearing 200,000 miles. Bought at 117,000. His method of dealing with noises has evolved into running the car until whaever is making the noise either stops it from running. Or not.
Jul 20, 2013 (5:51 am)
No, I'm not mechanically inclined! The A/C works fine, it's just that I'm hearing that chirping noise while the car is running. It's not there when I turn it (the A/C) off.
#14 of 14 Re: A/C issue [aries65]
Jul 20, 2013 (10:41 am)
You could take it to a shop.
But they might say it will be $1000 to fix it when not that much is wrong.
Do you know any AC shop you trust?
If it was mine I would just pay attention to the noise and see if it gets worse.
If not I would drive it until it does!
gOOD LUCK AND TELL US WHAT HAPPENS!