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  1. The last two weeks have been hell. Yes, the little Echo rattles, its 20 years old and severely treated in that time. So it has a few battle scars, lots of klunks and ratles, but most of these I could live with. But about two weeks ago it got this annoying little rattle in the dash. Not all the time mind, just when idling and through the gears...Rattle Rattle Rattle. I started pulling everything I could think of out and was about to embark on a full dash removal. Then I was just doing a few adjustments under the bonnet and I sighted the cause of my persistent and a
  2. This morning after rain, I had water, quite a bit, in my footwell, soaking the carpet. I've only had the echo 3 months and driven in through very heavy rain and had it parked in heavy rain many times in that ownership. Any ideas?
  3. Yeah, the first car I bought my daughter was an old Nissan Pulsar. It looked pretty good, but mechanically it was just so-so. I spent a bit of time working to it to keep in running until I fixed all the issues. It ended up lasting 4 years with her and then I gave it to a friends daughter to learn on. Then, when their car broke down it became their day car, lasted another 4 years before it finally died. This little echo is the opposite, the body is crap, no rust, just dings and crappy paint. But mechanically its fine, not perfect, but good enough that Id have no he
  4. The best thing about the Echo is that I fear nothing. I can pull anything apart without worry, if it breaks, Ill get another from the wreckers. If someone bangs their door into it, who cares other drivers fear me becuase they see a bomb, they just know I dont care (I do but they dont know that) So when I push in, they always let me, and If I stop someone from pushing in, they never try to bluff me, one look at the guard and they just know I dont care. I can test wiring up things and never be concerned. In my $50k 4x4 Im terrified to even touch it for fear of damag
  5. OK Does anyone know what seats from what cars can be used in the old 2000 echo sedan? My drivers seat is killing my butt, no padding at all on one side, Im starting to walk with a limp.
  6. just to close out this post. Replacing the MAF sensor fixed the problem. No more stalling and the car runs better. who woulda thunk it?????
  7. yep, sillly of me to not check the battery, but in honesty I think it would have been too late even then. The new battery starts the beast like a jet taking off, great. As for the radio.......binned. I got a newer one from the wreckers, same brand, later model. Works a treat, but it has RED back lighting, I think I can change it will see tonight. Talk about easy, its a 20 min job to get the old radio out and the new one in. But my dash now looks like a xmas tree.
  8. Life has just turned to ******* with my little echo. well, not quite that bad, but I'm an unhappy chappy. I was asked to tow a trailer (empty) for a mat who had bought it sight unseen. I picked it up and drove home to park up overnight. The next morning, I could not get the car out of park. This was because the brake light fuse had blown. Replace fuse back on the road. Towed the trailer, no problem, but arrived sans brake light fuse, blown again. This was Monday. Tuesday, car no start, flat battery. Check battery, no water. Dry as a brickworks
  9. I have made up a simple diagram of wiring for driving lights. This is for toyota echos 2000 models. Most toyotas are the same, negative switching makes it a little different from normal cars. Cheers Wiring diagram for driving lights in a Toyota ECHO 2000.pdf
  10. OK, as with all things electric you have diagnosed your problem yourself. If all doors except the passenger open from the drivers door. And all doors open when opened from the passenger door. The problem is the passenger actuator. You will probably find either a rusty or clagged actuator in the passenger side. It wont move when opened from another door, but when it is forced from the passenger side it actuates the other doors. I had that same problem with another car a few years ago, it was water getting into the little electric motor which rusted it up and stoppe
  11. I had them on my old X Trail. With the standard incandescent halogen lights the Narva were more than adequate, give a good distance. I have also put a set on my daughters Yaris, perfect for her and she is amazed at the penetration the lights give But when I got my MUX, they were yellow in comparison to the standard LED lights on the car, so I had to go brighter. . You can do it cheaper using LED light bars or LED spots, it all depends on what you want the lights for. In my case, I often drive home very late at night down unlit country roads where Kangas like to w
  12. Wiring in additional lights to the echo is quite easy. You just have to get over the damn stupid reverse wiring setup. Il do a diagram when i get the chance and post it for you. The heater controls look good with the blue LEDs, but I also had to add a few LEDs as the LEDs are very directional and tend to point ratehr than spread. It was as simple job of finding the positive and negative feeds on the flexable PCB and then soldering a feed to them. Then I glued in some additional LEDS. Ill take a picture of the back when I get the chance. It even lights up in daylig
  13. And cheap. $30.00 ebay, got it in 3 days. not quite the power that my 4x4 serious headlights have, but I paid considerably more for them than this light bar. Stupid toyota wiring had me stumped for a while. I couldn't work out how to trigger the relay. Turns out it switches to earth not the other way around, so I have to run a positive feed to the relay and then from the relay back to the headlight wiring. But now it works a treat, nice spray beam and a reasonable spot. Just have to fix the paintjob and it will be a great little runaround. Oh, and I adde
  14. After reading your post I checked all the vac hoses, all good. But I did replace the MAF sensor, I had a spare in the shed. This seems to have fixed the problem, hasn't done it since. And on the matter of engine check lights. I pulled the plug from the MAF sensor while the engine was running (the engine stopped, go figure?) But the engine warning light came on. The trick to turn it back off is simple, thought you might like to know. Turn the engine on and off three times in succession....light out. However, if it comes back on again, you got issue
  15. Another upgrade for the old ECHO. Fitted a light bar. I found the standard candles insufficient to see the road at night, I even got out and checked to see if my headlights had failed and I was driving on the parkers. But no, they were working, just poorly. And the high beam, honestly? Its no brighter and it simply shifts the focus from 3 feet in front of the car to 6 feet. This light bar makes all the difference, I can now see kilometers up the road. Next, I'm looking for a cruise control, I drive an hour each way on the freeway every day. My poor old f
  16. Hi All; Just a question, someone might know. My little 20 year old ECHO starts first kick every time. Idles away, no problem. I can take off and drive it, and as long as I don't stop for at least 1-2 klm, it never has an issue. But I drive 50 meters to the corner of my street, stop, and then drive up the road...every day. The car stalls when I hit the gas after stopping, nearly every time. Only this once, once its warmed up or has driven 1-2 klm, never an issue. It has also done this at work, where I drive about 50 meters to the front gate, stop a
  17. Well, did a service on the little Eco on the weekend. Nice new oil and filter. Nice new plugs Replaced the rear brake shoes finally. What a shocker of a setup. you need three hands and fingers the size of a child with the strength of Hercules to fit the damn things. But they are in now, all nice and new no problems with the seals, no leakage, but I think the brakes were last blead back in 1999. The colour and condition of the brake fluid was terrible. But at least now the brakes feel better and even the handbrake dosen't have to be pulled to the ro
  18. The 15w40 made a huge difference to my daughters car. It was using around 1 litre between services, sometimes more over summer with the heat and air conditioning going all the time. But since using 15w40, there is no noticeable oil usage and it seems quieter and smoother. I cant say its improved the performance any, but at least I can be confident that she wont run out of oil. Many years ago, my sister brought her Capella to me because it was "running rough" and mum said I might be able to fix it. When she pulled up it sounded like someone has tipped a bag of ma
  19. I might be a little overcritical of the poor little Echo. It's a small, old and abused car. I have driven mostly 6 cylinder Ford's and Holdens over the Years Company cars all, so they always go harder and faster, and can jump gutters at speed. But my new job sees me without a company car, and it's horrible. 35 years of company cars and now I have to buy a car, pay for petrol and rego and insurance and servicing , its a nightmare. But, such is life. At least I have my echo, so life is good.
  20. The road noise is dreadful. I blame to tyres that appear to be the cheapest that the previous owner could source and they are quite hard. The engine itself is quite quiet, and the gearbox only whines as you are getting up to speed. Acceleration is an interesting exercise though. 1) stamp on accelerator 2) listen to the engine rev its guts out 3) watch the speedo climb, very slowly. I buy 95 not the crap they sell cheap. it does too much damage to the various fuel and engine components to drive on the cheap crap. My 80 horsepower Mercury outboard strongly
  21. Yeah, the Echo fuel economy is great. Nearly as good as my wife's Suzuki Ignis (5.1l/100k) But her car is only 2 years old, the mighty Echo is 21 this year. I actually bought it so I could cut back on the milage I was doing in my new MUX, I have clocked up 45000 in less than 12 months just driving to work and back every day. The warranty would run out before I start towing my van around Australia. But the Echo is brilliant, a little noisy, a little uncomfortable, but heaps better than many cars I have owned in the past. There is no public transport for me, wish there
  22. It was a bit different when I was riding my bike. I owned a Valkyrie (hence my forum name) This is a 1500cc, 6 cylinder boxer engine with 6 carbys (just to get plenty of fuel into the pots) From a standing start, I could get the beast up to 100 klm/ hr in less than 3 seconds (basically across a largish intersection) Which was pretty impressive considering it weighed over 340kg and was a cruiser, not a sports bike. But it did tend to go through the petrol a bit. 32 MPG (about 9.2l/100k) was about normal. And I had to replace the tyres every year at over $400.00 a
  23. Yep, that's why so many people have issues with them after they let the tank run dry. But I was reasonably certain that I would have plenty of fuel Well, I filled up last night, after driving with the little flashing light for 150klm It took 34.8 liters to fill her up (leaving around 10 liters in the tank. I drove a total of 633.3 klm Thus giving me a 51.4 MPG or 5.5 l/100k or 18.2 klm/ liter I do have to admit though, I drive freeway every day, no real hills and I'm an easy driver. Not in any hurry, no need to overtake most cars and I don't think powering
  24. Just ordered the new shoes for the brakes, they are starting to make noise and its annoying. Quite cheap, bendex shoes for the Echo for $32.00 suits me. If there is any brake fluid leak, Ill have to service the cylinders, we shall see when I pull her down. I have been watching the milage carefully, I have a dicky fuel gauge, and so far every time I fill up there is at least 15 litres left in the tank. I get 5.6 l/100k consistently, but I do drive predominantly freeway, and I have a light foot. By my calculations, I should be able to get over 700 klm per tank, but I hav
  25. You think petrol cars have issues. The wonderful old diesels are gradually being choked to death by their own exhaust because of the "pollution" gear they have introduced. Once upon a time, diesels ran forever had no real problems and were quite good on fuel, as well as pulling like a malley bull. Now they have PCV to recirculate the fumes, oil, water and crap that is floating around in the crankcase back through the intake and engine. Because diesels breath a bit heavier, this mess coats the sides of the intake and gives the EGR carbon a nice little place to stick to.

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