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2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,833 miles

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2002 Toyota Echo engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #3

May 162010

Echo

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) NHTSA recall 06V266000 recalled 02 Toyota Echo for crankshaft sensor failures which could cause the vehicles to stall and not restart, risking a crash. Toyota only recalled vehicles up to serial numbers ending in 212671. My 02 Echo just had the exact crankshaft sensor failure described in the recall. My VIN number is[xxx]. so I was told by Toyota that by vehicle did not qualify for the recall, even though I have the exact failure. The recall needs to be extended to higher vehicle numbers.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 162008

Echo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Echo. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle shut off. Prior to the failure, the dealer informed the contact that she needed a starter and the part had to be ordered. The vehicle was placed on a lift and a hole was discovered in the engine. The failure has been recurring for four or five years. When she drives over 80 miles, the oil light illuminates. The dealer diagnosed the failure on several occasions. The vehicle's maintenance has always been current. The dealer also stated that they repaired the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V266000 (engine and engine cooling), but the failure continued. Currently, the engine is being replaced with a used engine at the contact's expense. The replacement will cost over $3,000. The failure and current mileages were 97,500.

- Deland , FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 222003

Echo

  • miles
While driving and without warning the clutch would go to the floor, and would become hard to stop. The dealer was notified. The clutch had to be released to height before the vehicle moved (no remedy), hard start at anytime, alarm went off by itself at anytime (no remedy), would not start and or crank (remedy-replaced the starter assembly/problem-starter relay), alarm had gone off randomly, wouldn't shut off and completely shut down, head lights flashed, alarm would come on, sometime the clutch would have to be played with in order to restart the vehicle (problem-switch intermittent/remedy-replaced the park neutral positioner switch assembly), the radio had static, the coolant light stayed on 5 to 10 minutes after the vehicle was started, there was a chime noise when the ignition was turned off, and the headlights and the horn did not work when the vehicle would go off (no remedy), there was over heating, when the vehicle had no power, the accelerator would go to the floor, then the vehicle would take off after a period of time, the gear made banging sounds, and the thermostats relay switch was problematic and remained to be fixed. Refer to ODI#10031522

- Frederiksted, VI, USA

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