Reliability and longevity are the two perfect words that one could associate with the Toyota automobiles. Aside from this, great styling and excellent performance are also exhibited by the Toyota Motor Corporation. Because of these things, the Toyota Company has been admired not just in Japan but in other parts of the world as well. It offers a wide array of automobile lineup with diverse body styles and one of the competitive products of Toyota that can surely bring a whole a lot of driving fun and excitement is the Toyota Echo.
The Toyota Echo is Toyota's uniquely designed automobile and is marketed in the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand but in other places like Japan, Echoes are called as the Toyota Vitz and Toyota Platz as hatchbacks and sedans respectively. Also in Europe, Echoes are being referred to as the Toyota Yaris, marketed in hatchback and mini-van designs. Moreover, the Toyota Echo is a subcompact car that has a little height edge over other cars of its class that makes it really cool and a bit advantageous as you can now combine the roominess of a full-sized car and the power of a high speed vehicle.
Furthermore, the Toyota Echo showcases a high-tech 1.5-liter DOHC, 16-Valve, VVT-I, 4-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 108 horsepower at 6, 000 rpm. This 4-cylinder engine features variable valve timing and electronic fuel injection that maximize engine efficiency resulting to low emissions and high mileage, and makes it a good vehicle to catch. If you are looking for acceleration way beyond what an ordinary subcompact car can offer then the Toyota Echo is definitely what you are looking for. It is also equipped with quality suspension and several safety features such as side-door impact beams.
Keeping the perfect condition of your Toyota Echo can be reinforced by Toyota Echo parts. These parts are widely available in the market to address the growing needs and demands of Toyota Echo owners.
Flower Power: Basic Car Maintenance Tips for Your Toyota Echo
Equipped with a powerful engine that boasts variable valve timing and can crank 108 horsepower, the Toyota Echo is more than a capable car. With its entry level price tag, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a car that is also packed with enough space and trunk capacity. Now, like any vehicle, your car and its parts will wear out eventually. But you could avoid big repair problems if you can catch early signs of problems. If you know how to do FLOWER (fuel, lights, oil, water, electrics, rubbers) checks, you could keep these parts from premature wear.
Fuel is important for the obvious reason that your car will not work without it. It's understandable that you would want to stretch what's in your tank as much as you can—with gas prices going up as high as $4.00. However, this is not ideal as it could cause a pricey mechanical problem in the long run. Always check your fuel gauge and don't wait till it's empty before filling up. You should keep your gas tank filled no less than ¼ full. It is also recommended to fill up your tank before going on a long drive or even just going to work. You don't want to get stalled because you've used the last drop of fuel in the tank.
There are various lights and lamps in your Toyota Echo. You need them to see the road as well as pedestrians and other vehicles at night. You also have lights that you use to signal to other drivers. All these lights are fitted to your car to keep you and others safe on the road. There are certain requirements as for where these lights should be placed, how many you should have, and how bright they should be. You also have interior lights so you can see inside your vehicle. Sometimes, one or two of these lights can get busted; you need to replace them immediately. It is against the law to drive without one of your exterior lights especially the headlights. Make sure to clean all the light housing and replace lens that are cracked.
Your car's engine oil has many functions. First off, it's the one that keeps the metal surfaces in the engine lubricated so they don't grind together and tear apart from friction. It also transfers heat away from the combustion cycle to keep the engine from overheating. This oil also minimizes exposure to oxygen to prevent oxidation in the engine system. The car can consume as much as a liter of engine oil every 1,000 miles. Thus, you need to check the oil level regularly to avoid driving with low oil level. Check your owner's manual for instructions on how to check the engine oil level and how often you need to do it. Do not wait for the oil pressure warning light to start flashing before you check it. By that time, engine damage may have already occurred.
The cooling system is mainly responsible for getting rid of heat quickly and efficiently to keep your engine from overheating. It is composed of several parts, which include a water pump and a reservoir where the coolant is stored. The coolant is the fluid that absorbs the heat from the engine and dissipates it through the car's radiator. It is also dissipated in the heat exchanger when you need it in the winter. You need to replace the coolant with new one at a recommended interval (check your owner's manual) to remove the dirt and rust particles that have collected in the said fluid. You also need to check the coolant level regularly.
The windshield washer fluid is also among the fluids in your car that you need to top up regularly. You need this to keep your windshield clean and free from dirt that could hinder your view of the road.
Your car is composed of different electrical parts that need regular check. You don't want your car breaking down because you failed to check the battery, right? Make sure to replace old and tired battery before it caused you headaches. You should also make sure that when you start your engine and it gets hot, the radiator cooling fan also starts running. You can check this by running the engine with the car stationary.
Your rubbers or tires need to be properly inflated for safe driving and efficient fuel consumption. Incorrect tire pressure can cause the rubbers to wear faster. Worn and damaged or cracked tires need to be replaced before they blow out. Check your owner's manual on the correct PSI level for your tires' pressure. You will need to increase this pressure accordingly if you have extra passengers or are carrying extra load in the cargo.
Toyota Echo: Affordable, Dependable Style
Toyota has long been associated with a wide-range of amazing automobiles. From this Japanese manufacturing giant comes anything from affordable yet reliable economy cars to the highest-class, super-expensive luxury vehicles. The Toyota Echo falls in the former category. In the nearly one decade that the Echo has been in the market, it has sold well in the North American market. This is mostly due to the fact that it is an extremely affordable option for those on a tighter budget—even at its much lower price point; it is still quite the performer.
1999-2005: The alternative
The first generation of the Toyota Echo came out in North America in 1999 in both coupe and hatchback variants. From the get-go, consumers were afraid that the “budget” Toyota would prove to be a cop off that would never be a match for a true Toyota. The truth was that it was a pretty amazing ride overall. Its most powerful engine option was a 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE inline-4 engine capable of a modest output of 107 horsepower. This was an acceptable balance between performance and fuel economy.
Appearance-wise, the Echo was not something to be scoffed at. It bore strong similarity to a lot of Toyota’s higher-end models. Adding to its appeal was that the Echo benefitted from fully digital gauges—giving it a very premium look and feel.
2005-2010: Subtle changes, big impact
In 2005, Toyota responded to several negative comments regarding the original Echo’s appearance and did a total redesign of the budget car—with regard to both its coupe and hatchback variants. The result was new vehicle a slightly improved front grille, less-prominent yet pronounced curved lines, and a classier look over all. Additionally, the engine was boosted to a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE inline-4 which was DOHC and VVT equipped and capable of over 134 horsepower. Even better, for a budget car, the newest iteration of the echo boasted an impressive safety record from no less than three major testing groups.
2011-present: An enduring legacy
One of the most glaring changes of this generation was that the Echo was offered only as a hatchback. Once again, the grille and body was reshaped and remolded so that the Echo could achieve the classier look of its costlier contemporaries without changing the price point that made it famous to begin with. This version of the Echo was equipped with a 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE inline-4 which was capable of putting out a modest 107 horsepower. While it did seem like a step back from the more powerful output of the previous generation, the lighter frame of the latest Echo meant that there was no loss in speed and performance! The Echo got over the initial gripes about it to ultimately prove itself a tough contender with a low price tag.