You need to remove the door inner panel, then look at the inside of the outer handle. The plastic is cracked which reduces the spring tension on the handle itself. I use two good quality wire ties to force the crack back together and then the spring tension is restored and the handle will return to it's proper position when you release it.
While you are in there lubricate the window regulator and put some foam behind the rod to the lock button to stop it from rattling. There are foam blocks that come loose from the trim panel and flop around making noise. I just remove them.
54,000 miles after doing them the first time I had to do them again. My thought is the wire ties were cheap and I used a different brand. Once done the handles work as they did when new. A bonus is you just got rid of two rattle sources. My 2000 Echo now has 201k miles.
The 3 year old $50 spray bomb paint job is weathering but still looks decent when waxed up. MAACO wanted $1700 to paint it, but I only paid $1600 for the car in 2017. My first post here was looking for help finding a right side inner rack bushing for the manual rack. Got one from the United Arab Emirates and also bought a parts car and have that 170 k mile manual rack as a spare. Many parts no longer available from Toyota. Best move I made on this car was to put a JDM transmission in it at 195k when the bearings started to make noise. When they come apart the transmission can not be rebuilt.
Put a reman DENSO starter in it and it drives and starts as good as when it was new. Oldone was noisy when you let off the key after starting.
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