I need to replace the starter motor in my 2000 Echo and have found that there are two different motors for sale. One is for cars manufactured in Japan and costs ~$240 new, the other for cars made in the U.S. and costs ~$110 new. My car was made in Japan, but I’m wondering if these two motors are interchangeable. Can I get away with using the cheaper motor? What is the difference between the two? Thanks in advance.
They are probaly the same; the Japanese model is NEW, and the US model is REBUILT. I would not hesitate to buy a rebuilt starter for this car. The dealer in all likelihood carries the new one and the higher shop rate, while an independent mechanic carries the rebuilt and will charge less to install it.
The 2000 Echo was never made in the US, just the rebuilt starter and other components.